A Utah classic, when it runs. There is a lot of wood on this run, and trees can fall or collect riverwide occasionally, especially at the first drop which can be bank scouted close to the putin parking.
The scenery is awesome, and the water in the spring is clean and cold.
There is a frontage road from Nuns Park to the putin, which allows for scouting that section.
From the putin parking lot, bank scout the first drop, which often has large logs on the right.
Below there are some good surf waves, mostly on the fly.
Below a couple of the best surf waves, the river bends left and a rocky drop is next. This spot often collects wood, and is a good spot to bank scout, since there are not good eddies for boat scouting.
You will pass under a couple footbridges at Bridalveil Falls, then the rapids pick up as you approach the crux.
A traditional line is to move left above the crux rocks, although it can still be rocky after moving left. Right lines are also possible, as well as an S move through the rocks. The frontage road has the best view of the crux, looking downstream; the brush obscures all other views of the crux.
Then you come to the Nuns Park area, which can serve as a putin if you want to keep it to class 3.
(In May 2016 there were a couple large log jams below Nuns Park, one passable on the left, the next, nearly riverwide, passable on the right. June 2017 these were cleared by the high spring flows.)
There are a couple other on the fly surf waves if you keep your eyes open; one is right after a white footbridge.
Takeout in the pond at Mt Timpanogos Park. Do not miss the takeout as there is a dam overflow at the end of the pond.
There is no wood blocking flows. However one of the bridges is very low and we had to jump out of our boat to go under it. You could roll as well but we were in sit on top whitewater kayaks.
In May 2016, the BV section is not gauged. The links change frequently for this section.
There is a gauge for "Provo River Below Deer Creek" at the link below. This is for below Deer Creek reservior, for the Deer Creek to Vivian Park run. http://data.cuwcd.com/data/streamflows/index.htm
The BV section is not normally higher than "Provo River Below Deer Creek", but during spring runoff, it can be due to the South Fork Provo and North Fork Provo running high. In 2017 I wondered if Provo River Below Deer Creek gauge was not accounting for the full Deer Creek release at higher levels, for some reason.
BV is typically much lower than "Provo River Below Deer Creek", due to the Olmstead diversion dam above the putin.
Downstream gauges include a CUWCD gauge at the link above (Provo River: Harbor Drive), and a USGS gauge,
USGS 10163000 PROVO RIVER AT PROVO, UT
There are so many diversions and additions that the visual of the putin pipe is the only accurate gauge. Half the pipe may be around 400 cfs, low but not too bumpy. 2/3 or more of the pipe covered is a pretty good flow, guessing over 550.
Teacups diagram with Deer Creek reservoir:
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