Ogden - 01. Pineview dam to Smokey Bear

Ogden, Utah, US


01. Pineview dam to Smokey Bear (Pineview)

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (varies with level)
Length 3.4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-10140100 300 - 1600 cfs III+ 01h15m 13.6 cfs (too low)

River Description

The uppermost section of the Ogden river. From the road bridge below the Pineview dam down to above the Alaskan Inn (above the bridge) is a mellower class II-III section. Brush and wood can be an issue.
Below the Alaskan Inn (a possible put in for the Narrows section), the action starts to pick up. At flows around 400 there are a number of class III rapids, with a boulder garden that usually has wood and should be road scouted after each new seasonal high (1.2 miles up from Smokey Bear; park on the right (south), then walk back downstream to bank scout). There is half-river-wide wood on the lower left in there, April 19, 2016.

 The parking by the Smokey Bear sign is the takeout for the class 3 Pineview section, and the most common putin for the Narrows section.  

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-07-03 23:36:39


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0bridge putinN/APutin
2.0Alaskan Inn putinN/APutin Takeout
2.2Pineview crux rapidIII+
3.4Smokey Bear takeoutN/APutin Takeout Access

Rapid Descriptions

bridge putin (Class N/A)

The furthest upstream putin is the north side of the road bridge below the water treatment plant. 

Alaskan Inn putin (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

upstream from Alaskan Inn is a fisherman's access and putin. An easier section of the Ogden is uppermost 2/3 section, taking out here.

Pineview crux rapid (Class III+, Mile 2.2)

Mid-stream rocks often collect wood here. This is a good spot to bank scout on the drive up. 

Smokey Bear takeout (Class N/A, Mile 3.4)

The Smokey Bear sign turnout is the takeout for this section. This is the Narrows putin. Its possible to go down to the next bridge (green bridge) form some busier class 3, but the takeout under the bridge is a bit more challenging. 

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