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Difficulty II-III(IV) at this flow (II-III(IV) normally)
Length 7.2 Miles
Gauge SOUTH FORK OGDEN RIVER NEAR HUNTSVILLE, UT
Flow Range 120 - 800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 49 minutes ago 383 [CFS] 👍 ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/13/2019 11:45 pm

River Description


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. 5/11/2019, 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 (not much of an eddy at 550 cfs either, bank scout this takeout above 400 cfs). 

Upper section: In 2019 there are no fences; however there is a very low footbridge  just below a riverwide weir (which looks worse than it is, just hit it straight on), and a riverwide log jam in the upper Memorial park.  Portaging right worked fine. In 2014 a new riverwide fence was reported below the Memorial Park.
If Causey is spilling well, you can put in below the Causey spillway. From the last a dirt road that leaves the paved road before it ascends toward the top of the dam, take a right fork, park and 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 Meadows campground road (no fee to get to the river). This should avoid the 2019 log jam 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. Next is South Fork campground, a good putin for a 2 mile stretch (takeout above the crux). Botts or Magpie are also access points. At 500 cfs there is a low limbo bridge below Magpie, with more room on the far right.  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 when you see the rock spires. Causey to Magpie is 4.6 miles. Causey to the takeout above the crux is 6 miles. Causey to the 10450 East takeout is 7.2 miles. This can take longer than you might think, especially if it gets cold, and the flow is low. 

The National Weather Service flood stage is 4.6 feet, about 850 cfs. 
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=slc&gage=oghu1

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A teacup diagram of the Pineview and Causey reservoir levels can be found here:
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/basin/index.html 
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/basin/index.html#tab-2

 
You can choose Causey Reservoir at these links, then choose graph or data, and which data you want: storage, elevation, releases (this does appear to include the release into the stream), and inflows. 
Upper Colorado Reservoir Data- 
 
Causey Top of Active Storage is 5692 feet. 
https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html > Causey, has the last 40 day elevation data in a table. 
Evidently the Causey pool elevation can reach 5692.45 (May 12, 2015) and still not spill, and the teacup diagram will say 101% full. 

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David Nix
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1 year ago

They must have heard you! No fences and only one river wide log easily seen and portaged in May 2018. 175 cfs is plenty of water for packrafts. We put in at the dam.

Gage Descriptions

900 and 1150 were good levels for the upper section in 2011. It would be a rare year that sees more than that on this run.
Above 600 the lower section crux is probably class IV. 
At 400 cfs, our group concensus was IV-.
In a low water year like 2015, the crux section to the takeout was fun, if a bit bumpy, as low as 120 cfs. 

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Green River Boat Passage Officially Open! - UT

4/6/2017
Kestrel Kunz

American Whitewater staff traveled to Green River, UT in late March to meet with private water users and state agencies, and to participate in the official opening of the new boat passage through the Green River Diversion (Tusher Dam). Completion of the boat passage has freed the Green River from its last in-stream obstruction between the Flaming Gorge Dam and the confluence with the Colorado River – over 400 floatable river miles through iconic canyons and historic landmarks. It has a been a long process, and our work isn’t over yet! As your boating representative, American Whitewater will continue to work closely with the dam operators and Utah’s Division of State Lands (FFSL) to ensure that the boat passage meets the needs of the public during its inaugural year.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206191 04/12/16 Bill Hunt III+ is more accurate than III. I would put IV- if that were an option.
1191656 01/17/02 n/a n/a
1204558 04/26/15 Bill Hunt
1203307 05/01/14 Bill Hunt added Causey teacup diagram and links.
1206245 04/18/16 Bill Hunt
1204645 05/19/15 Bill Hunt
1206190 04/12/16 Bill Hunt
1206246 04/18/16 Bill Hunt
1207517 05/08/17 Bill Hunt added NOAA link with flood stages
1207950 07/09/17 Kestrel Kunz Reach # fixed
1209313 04/27/18 Bill Hunt minor edit
1209544 05/11/18 Bill Hunt minor edits, fixed some links
1212340 05/13/19 Bill Hunt updated stats
1212341 05/13/19 Bill Hunt updated description