Weber - 08. Riverdale Play Park


Weber, Utah, US

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08. Riverdale Play Park

Usual Difficulty III (varies with level)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WEBER RIVER AT GATEWAY, UT
usgs-10136500 300 - 4000 cfs III 01h15m 264 cfs (too low)


River Description

From Salt Lake or Davis County, take I-15 to the Riverdale exit. Head East until you get to 700 West (the last light before the bridge over the Weber and Railroad tracks, also right across from the former Canyon Sports location). Take a left at 700 West. Take your first right at the 4 way intersection (4400 South). The road will curve around and dead-end. There is a put in at the end of the road, or you can take the path about 100 yards or so to the North and you will find the 2 Riverdale PnP features there.

There is a new parking lot right by the Riverdale Wave. From 700 West, if you go straight at the 4400 S intersection and take the next right at 4300 South, then take the next right at 600 West, and go left at the fork into the parking lot by the bike path. There is a new picnic bench, and bathrooms in the summer. 

However, the Riverdale Wave was damaged by the spring floods of 2011, and the wave no longer forms.  After further investigation it appears that the downstream side of the wave structure got scoured out into a deep pool, and that is the main reason the wave no longer forms. While the upstream edge of the wave was undercut about 8 feet, there was no undercut extending all the way under the wave structure. That 8 foot undercut was filled with boulders by the city, so its no longer a hazard. Some pieces of the upstream edge of the wave structure have broken off, but most of it is still intact.  

Fun class III ferries and eddy turns can still be done in the pool between the two drops. 
 

Riverdale to 24th street kayak park: 
Paddling from the Riverdale wave to the 24th street kayak park is a mellow class 1-2 paddle for 3 miles, at lower flows. This looks like a good SUP run.
April 2017 there is riverwide wood below Parker Ave, as well as 4 large trees fallen in the river below Riverdale wave on the right.  Russian Olive thorn trees are still an issue near the banks. I have not heard of this run being done in 2017, so the full wood situation is unknown. 
Above 1300 the swirlies are significant at Riverdale wave, probably class 3, and the 24th stree kayak park top hole gets quite large. Its not a good beginner run above 700. 


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Last Updated: 2017-07-09 22:28:55

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