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 Near Wanship
USGS 10129500
25 cfs 1.7 ft
Daniels Creek At Charleston
USGS 10157500
3 cfs 4.2 ft
East Canyon Creek Ab East Cyn Res Nr Morgan
USGS 10133980
45 cfs 4.2 ft
Lost Creek Near Croyden
USGS 10132500
8 cfs 1.2 ft
Mcleod Creek Near Park City
USGS 10133600
13 cfs 6.4 ft
Weber River Near Peoa
USGS 10129300
67 cfs 2.8 ft
Red Butte Creek At Fort Douglas
USGS 10172200
2 cfs 0.4 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
9 cfs 0.4 ft
South Fork Ogden River Near Huntsville
USGS 10137500
37 cfs 1.4 ft
Weber River Near Plain City
USGS 10141000
52 cfs 10.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Sedgwick Peak
SNOTEL 741
38" 1"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
65" 1"
Vernon Creek
SNOTEL 844
5" 2"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
50" 0"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
34" -2"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
53" -1"
bern
SNOTEL BERI1
2.78" -0.39"
Parrish Creek
SNOTEL 971
42" -2"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
46" 0"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
78" 3"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
26" 0"
Emigrant Summit
SNOTEL 471
41" 0"
Mining Fork
SNOTEL 631
30" 1"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
19" -5"
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
39" 2"
Klondike Narrows
SNOTEL 1115
27" -4"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
24" 1"
Thaynes Canyon
SNOTEL 814
56" 1"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
9" -2"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
66" 5"
deer creek dam
SNOTEL DCC_MADIS
2" 1.06"
Bug Lake
SNOTEL 374
36" 0"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
155" 93.68"
Temple Fork
SNOTEL 1013
30" -2"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
29" -4"
Franklin Basin
SNOTEL 484
44" 0"
Usu Doc Daniel
SNOTEL 1098
70" 0"
Timpanogos Divide
SNOTEL 820
24" 0"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
74" 6"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 78" 35° 1.14"
Powder Mountain 0" 45° 0.32"
Snowbasin 9" 48° 0.13"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Below Ogden Play Park 147.0cfs 3.0 Mi II
Lower Ogden 36.8cfs 2.5 Mi III+
Ogden Play Park 203.0cfs 0.06 Mi III-
Ogden Narrows 43.8cfs 2.0 Mi III+ to IV
Rainbow Gardens 43.8cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Riverdale Wave 67.1cfs 0.18 Mi III-
Logan Town Run 109.0cfs None Mi II+ to III-
Scrambled Eggs Bend 124.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 67.1cfs 10.0 Mi III
3rd Dam to 2nd Dam 109.0cfs None Mi II+ to III
Morgan Waterfall 67.1cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Staircase Section - 2nd Dam to 1st Dam 125.0cfs None Mi IV+ to V-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 41.8cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V