Riverdale Wave


The Riverdale wave premiered in the Spring of 2005 and was an instant success. The wave was engineered by Nick Turner as a high water wave-hole. Usually good only during spring runoff, the Riverdale wave is the destination of choice by the playboating crowd. On sunny spring Saturdays the parking area can see a dozen or more rack-sporting vehicles lined up the street. Hit the wave while it is up. At very high flows it isn't recommended for beginners unless they have a solid roll. At medium flows it can give a first time wave experience to an intrepid beginner. Even at low flows, the slides coming into the waves can be very exhilerating for beginners and make an exiting put-in for the mellow run down to the Ogden Kayak Park.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Weber River are between a bare minimum of 1,400cfs and a high of 2,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 10132000, the Weber River At Echo Remember only watercraft are permitted at Riverdale Wave.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
1st Wave
Class III-
2nd Wave
Class III-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Ogden River Nr Gibson Avenue At Ogden
USGS 10140700
84 cfs 6.1 ft
Weber River At I-84 At Uintah
USGS 10136600
207 cfs 5.4 ft
Logan
USGS 10108400
74 cfs 3.6 ft
Weber River Near Coalville
USGS 10130500
209 cfs 2.4 ft
Weber River Near Plain City
USGS 10141000
43 cfs 10.6 ft
Surplus Canal @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10170500
310 cfs 9.7 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
61 cfs 1.1 ft
Weber River At Ogden
USGS 10137000
239 cfs 4.2 ft
Goggin Drain Near Magna Utah
USGS 10172630
88 cfs 9.3 ft
Blacksmith Fork Ab U.P.&L. Co
USGS 10113500
62 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
8" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowbasin 0" 84° 0"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 66" 73° 0"
Powder Mountain -1" 83° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Below Ogden Play Park 239.0cfs 3.0 Mi II
Lower Ogden 153.0cfs 2.5 Mi III+
Staircase Section - 2nd Dam to 1st Dam 127.0cfs None Mi IV+ to V-
Morgan Waterfall 0.77cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Rainbow Gardens 153.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Ogden Play Park 324.0cfs 0.06 Mi III-
Scrambled Eggs Bend 308.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV
3rd Dam to 2nd Dam 144.0cfs None Mi II+ to III
Ogden Narrows 153.0cfs 2.0 Mi III+ to IV
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.77cfs 10.0 Mi III
Logan Town Run 127.0cfs None Mi II+ to III-
Riverdale Wave 0.77cfs 0.18 Mi III-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 92.3cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V