Ogden, South Fork, Utah, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III+ (varies with level)|
|SOUTH FORK OGDEN RIVER NEAR HUNTSVILLE, UT|
|usgs-10137500||120 - 800 cfs||I-III+||01h15m||28.8 cfs (too low)|
|Some tubing is done at summer flows; there might be a few boatable sections, but most will go to Hen-Tag when the south fork is this low. Gauge (137 sq.mi. drainage) is near the take-out for this reach, thus should accurately show actual flow in this reach.|
In the lower part of the run there is 150 yards of roadside III+/IV-, which splits the run into an upper section that is more beginner friendly, then the lower section, which can pack a punch at higher water. This stretch can be portaged, or you can just set your shuttle above it if you want. Below there is hard to scout without going into some private campgrounds; please be courteous.
Lower section: Botts Campground (or a dirt turnout just downstream) is a good putin if you are mainly interested in the harder stretch. There is a rock spire on the left that lets you know the action is about to pick up. The takeout is on 10450 East, immediately above a diversion dam. Its 1.5 miles from Botts to the crux, and 2.7 from Botts to the 10450 East takeout. Private land is an issue all along this run. In 2011 there was a riverwide log in the private campgrounds below the crux, but on April 25, 2015, this log was gone. There is a heavy wood load on this run, and wood is likely to move with each new seasonal high on the gauge. 4/22/2018, The crux down to the 10450 East takeout was good to go, although a couple half-river logs keep you on your toes in the class 2. The takeout eddy above the bridge on the right is better than below the bridge, where there is not much of an eddy.
Upper section: In 2014 a new
riverwide fence was reported below the Memorial Park.
If Causey is spilling well, you can put in right below Causey (but any riverwide fences will be in play). From a dirt road, hike down the hill to the river. Below the Memorial Park is all private land and can't be bank scouted. Boat scout carefully for wood. There are remains of an old fence that appears to have crossed the river at one point.
If Causey is not spilling, put in a couple miles downstream at Willows campground. This should
avoid the known riverwide fence also. Below Lower Meadows and above South Fork campground, the
river bends left away from the road, then bends back right, where an "almost good" surf
wave is a spot to be on your game. This could be a good surf wave with a little work; there is a
concrete wall on the right; perhaps its a diversion structure. Botts or Magpie are possible
takeouts. At 1000 cfs there is a low limbo bridge below Magpie. If you are wanting to scout
or portage the crux of the lower section below Botts, keep an eye out for a private bridge, and
the rock spire on the left. Take out while you can see the road. Causey to Magpie is 4.6 miles.
Causey to the 10450 East takeout is about 6.5 miles. This can take longer than you might think,
especially if it gets cold, as it doesn't move that fast.
The National Weather Service flood stage is 4.6 feet, about 850 cfs.
A teacup diagram of the Pineview and Causey reservoir levels can be found here: