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
Weber River At I-84 At Uintah
USGS 10136600
75 cfs 4.9 ft
Snake Creek Near Charleston
USGS 10156000
32 cfs 1.9 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
7 cfs 0.3 ft
American Fk Ab Upper Powerplant Nr American Fk
USGS 10164500
8 cfs 5.9 ft
Jordan River @ 1700 South @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10171000
145 cfs 2.0 ft
Surplus Canal @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10170500
190 cfs 9.6 ft
Weber River At Ogden
USGS 10137000
97 cfs 3.7 ft
Ogden River Nr Gibson Avenue At Ogden
USGS 10140700
18 cfs 4.9 ft
Lost Creek Near Croyden
USGS 10132500
6 cfs 1.2 ft
West Canyon Creek Near Cedar Fort
USGS 10166430
0 cfs 2.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
4" 1"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
1" 0"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
1" 0"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
1" 0"
Franklin Basin
SNOTEL 484
2" 0"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
1" 1"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
1" 0"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 0" 65° 0.06"
Powder Mountain 0" 73° 0"
Snowbasin -1" 75° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Logan Town Run 52.5cfs None Mi II+ to III-
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.53cfs 10.0 Mi III
Ogden Play Park 97.1cfs 0.06 Mi III-
Scrambled Eggs Bend 70.2cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Lower Ogden 28.0cfs 2.5 Mi III+
Morgan Waterfall 0.53cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Below Ogden Play Park 97.1cfs 3.0 Mi II
Rainbow Gardens 28.0cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 52.9cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Ogden Narrows 28.0cfs 2.0 Mi III+ to IV
3rd Dam to 2nd Dam 52.5cfs None Mi II+ to III
Staircase Section - 2nd Dam to 1st Dam 52.5cfs None Mi IV+ to V-
Riverdale Wave 0.53cfs 0.18 Mi III-