Weber, Utah, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (varies with level)|
|WEBER RIVER AT GATEWAY, UT|
|usgs-10136500||460 - 3000 cfs||III-IV+||01h09m||53.7 cfs (too low)|
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.
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.