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
Farmington Cr Abv Div Nr Farmington
USGS 10142000
4 cfs 0.5 ft
Weber River Near Peoa
USGS 10129300
63 cfs 2.8 ft
Red Butte Creek At Fort Douglas
USGS 10172200
1 cfs 0.4 ft
Lost Creek Near Croyden
USGS 10132500
6 cfs 1.1 ft
Weber River Near Wanship
USGS 10129500
26 cfs 1.7 ft
Provo River Near Charleston
USGS 10155500
157 cfs 3.4 ft
Jordan River @ 1700 South @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10171000
122 cfs 2.1 ft
Provo River At River Road Bridge
USGS 10155200
136 cfs 0.8 ft
Chalk Creek At Coalville
USGS 10131000
11 cfs 3.1 ft
Goggin Drain Near Magna Utah
USGS 10172630
5 cfs 8.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Timpanogos Divide
SNOTEL 820
32" 0"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
54" -2"
Payson R.S.
SNOTEL 686
28" 2"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
51" 0"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
37" 0"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
41" -1"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
53" 0"
Louis Meadow
SNOTEL 972
29" 0"
deer creek dam
SNOTEL DCC_MADIS
8" -1"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
40" 0"
Franklin Basin
SNOTEL 484
49" 2"
Oxford Spring
SNOTEL 677
24" -1"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
35" 0"
Usu Doc Daniel
SNOTEL 1098
56" 0"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
51.26" -0.56"
Vernon Creek
SNOTEL 844
23" 0"
Bug Lake
SNOTEL 374
39" 0"
Parrish Creek
SNOTEL 971
32" -1"
Little Bear
SNOTEL 582
24" 0"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
61" 1"
Klondike Narrows
SNOTEL 1115
40" 0"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
31" 0"
Sedgwick Peak
SNOTEL 741
35" 0"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
34" 0"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
37" -1"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
70" -1"
bern
SNOTEL BERI1
15.82" -0.13"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
51.26" -0.56"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
32" 0"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
38" 1"
Thaynes Canyon
SNOTEL 814
43" 1"
Emigrant Summit
SNOTEL 471
37" 0"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
43" 0"
Mining Fork
SNOTEL 631
28" 0"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
23" 1"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
32" 0"
Tony Grove Rs
SNOTEL 1113
30" 0"
Temple Fork
SNOTEL 1013
31" -1"
Hardscrabble
SNOTEL 896
34" 0"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
42" 0"
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
23" 0"
Bevans Cabin
SNOTEL 1214
12" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Powder Mountain 24" 29° 1.43"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 60" 24° 0.47"
Snowbasin 32" 32° 1.07"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Rainbow Gardens 40.3cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 40.6cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Logan Town Run 67.7cfs None Mi II+ to III-
Ogden Narrows 40.3cfs 2.0 Mi III+ to IV
Staircase Section - 2nd Dam to 1st Dam 67.7cfs None Mi IV+ to V-
3rd Dam to 2nd Dam 67.7cfs None Mi II+ to III
Below Ogden Play Park 62.4cfs 3.0 Mi II
Riverdale Wave 0.46cfs 0.18 Mi III-
Lower Ogden 40.3cfs 2.5 Mi III+
Morgan Waterfall 0.46cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Scrambled Eggs Bend 49.7cfs 4.0 Mi IV
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.46cfs 10.0 Mi III
Ogden Play Park 62.4cfs 0.06 Mi III-