This is the classic Weber whitewater run. The Eggs are a unique boating experience indeed. The put in is, well interesting, as are the drops themselves. The run itself is short with a nice warmup in the leadin and the bend, then a drop that can surprise you, some boogie water, then three main ledge drops and a class 2-3 run out. It is complicated by various amounts of debris in the water. At lower flows, the run is technical. The low water line usually enters left by a large pipe, then moves center, then right (past the left cave eddy which makes a good breather at medium flows), then a move left in the bend. As it approaches 1500 it becomes much more pushy, sticky and challenging. The second drop is often the stickiest. Its possible to portage the first two drops and seal launch in below the second or third drop if you don't like the looks of the first two. A swim would result in a very long time in the water at these flows and safety is hard to set from the right bank for the bend; easier for the drops. The runout below the drops becomes nice III/IV- at high flows; its too bad there is no easy access to putin down there. It is possible to portage the entire bend and drops, to keep a high water run in the IV- range.
There is now realtime flow information for the run here: https://www.pacificorp.com/community/recreation/water-release/weber-river.html, which is more accurate than the gage depicted elsewhere on this page.
2012: There is no longer putin access from I-84 westbound. This run is accessed from the eastbound I-84 rest area before Mountain Green. From the rest area, take a right and drive downstream and park by the dam. Walk along the fence a 100 yards downstream from the parking to the designated fisherman's access to put in. Paddle under I-84, and in a 1/4 mile get out right if you want to scout the bend. You can scout the bend and the 3 drops at once, or paddle the bend and get out river right again to scout the drops, and set safety if desired.
Be aware of the dam downstream and know which channel to take--in past years, high flows could create near symmetric hydraulics in some of the chutes. At this dam right below the power plant, if the gates are closed a portage is required. Typically a right portage is done, since the left side is fenced for a ways, but the right dam gate needs to be closed to make a right eddy. At higher flows, scout the dam to see if any gates look runnable, or if a right portage is possible. After the 2011 reconstruction of the dam, watch out for large loose rock on the portage right. In early 2011 there was a rebar jumble in the river below the dam on the left, but in spring 2012 that appears to be gone. Below this dam should be scouted at low water for rebar and other construction debris.
The takeout is just east (upstream) of where Route 89 crosses I-84. Take 89 south to the first exit and turn left. There is a fisherman's access and an old bridge. Hazard: Immediately below the old bridge is a potentially deadly diversion dam. Be aware of this and get out above it--especially at higher flows. The hydraulic that forms below has a 10-ft recirculating boil and looks deadly. (2012: this dam has been rebuilt, but its still dangerous at higher flows and is not run much. Use your best judgement.)
Doug Heym shared:
A few more details on the best put-in and take-out. The put-in is a picnic area next to the rest stop on I-84 going east from 89. There is a sign for the rest area, but no sign for the picnic area that is run by Utah Power. After exiting into the rest area, there is a paved road to the right that takes you the short distance to the picnic area, which is at a dam. You can put in below the dam. Parking is free and made available by Utah Power.
Take-out is river left, at an old condemned bridge over the river, above the possibly hazardous diversion dam, don't miss this takeout.
A few more details on the best put-in and take-out. The put-in is a picnic area next to the rest stop on I-84 going east from 89. There is a sign for the rest area, but no sign for the picnic area that is run by Utah Power. After exiting into the rest area, there is a paved road to the right that takes you the short distance to the picnic area, which is at a dam. You can put-in below the dam. Parking is free and made available by Utah Power.
The take-out is also accessible from east bound I-84. It's on the south side just opposite another dam/Utah Power facility. The river, dam, and power plant are between the two lanes of the highway with no public access. But, there is a small gravel lot next to the highway on the south side. To get to the river, you go under the causeway which is next to the lot. Take-out is river left at the dam.
Screw my previous putin. The way to avoid a ticket is to put in at the rest stop. You can alos legally take out on the south side of the river at the canyon mouth.
Realtime flow information is now available from the power company here:
The USGS gauge is located above both the power plant, and irrigation diversions. Generally, one can expect about 200 to 300 cfs to be diverted from this section during the summer months. (Some of the water returns below the power plant which can make a nive play spot at the right flow and pool height combination.) The CBRFC may have a more accurate idea as to what the current diversion is on a given day.
At lower flows, such as below 550, its possible to do laps on the bend and maybe the drops, but the runout below the drops can be very bumpy.
Above 550, the runout below the drops has better coverage. If the power plant is not diverting water, 140 on the gauge is plenty for some rock slalom laps on the bend+drops.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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During the ongoing dam relicensing process for the Weber Hydroelectric Project, stakeholders reached an agreement for the provision of four annual whitewater boating releases. Stakeholders agreed that American Whitewater would propose a safe and legal plan for river access for consideration in response to specific concerns voiced by the Forest Service. Releases will begin following a Forest Service determination that the proposed access is appropriate for public use, and the issuance of the Federal dam license which is expected any day now. American Whitewater has spent the past several months conducting legal and safety analysis, and last week we submitted our proposal that documents that recreational releases and public use on the Weber River are legal, reasonably safe, and appropriate.
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