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
East Canyon Creek Near Morgan
USGS 10134500
6 cfs 0.2 ft
Jordan River @ 1700 South @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10171000
124 cfs 2.1 ft
Provo River Near Charleston
USGS 10155500
160 cfs 3.5 ft
South Willow Creek Near Grantsville
USGS 10172800
2 cfs 1.3 ft
Blacksmith Fork Ab U.P.&L. Co
USGS 10113500
51 cfs 3.3 ft
East Canyon Creek Ab East Cyn Res Nr Morgan
USGS 10133980
33 cfs 4.0 ft
Red Butte Creek At Fort Douglas
USGS 10172200
1 cfs 0.3 ft
South Fork Ogden River Near Huntsville
USGS 10137500
40 cfs 1.4 ft
Weber River Near Wanship
USGS 10129500
26 cfs 1.7 ft
Bear River At Idaho-Utah State Line
USGS 10092700
386 cfs 9.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Oxford Spring
SNOTEL 677
25" 0"
Louis Meadow
SNOTEL 972
30" 3"
Dry Fork
SNOTEL 906
23" 1"
Timpanogos Divide
SNOTEL 820
32" -1"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
72" 1"
Usu Doc Daniel
SNOTEL 1098
57" 1"
Hardscrabble
SNOTEL 896
35" 2"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
32" 2"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
34" -1"
bern
SNOTEL BERI1
16.51" 0.1"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
54" 1"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
41" 1"
Thaynes Canyon
SNOTEL 814
43" 1"
Tony Grove Rs
SNOTEL 1113
30" 1"
Bug Lake
SNOTEL 374
40" 2"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
53.03" 0.8"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
38" 0"
Little Bear
SNOTEL 582
24" 2"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
37" 0"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
44" 3"
Klondike Narrows
SNOTEL 1115
40" 0"
Rocky Basin-Settleme
SNOTEL 723
23" 0"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
32" 4"
Emigrant Summit
SNOTEL 471
37" -1"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
57" 7"
Sedgwick Peak
SNOTEL 741
35" 0"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
60" 1"
grantsville 2w
SNOTEL GNTU1
0.87" 0.56"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
36" 0"
Parrish Creek
SNOTEL 971
33" 0"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
53.03" 0.8"
deer creek dam
SNOTEL DCC_MADIS
8" 0"
Mining Fork
SNOTEL 631
29" 2"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
42" 2"
Franklin Basin
SNOTEL 484
47" -2"
Bevans Cabin
SNOTEL 1214
12" 1"
Temple Fork
SNOTEL 1013
32" 1"
alpine
SNOTEL AMFU1
0.53" 0"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
33" 1"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
42" 0"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
34" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 60" 27° 0"
Powder Mountain 24" 29° 0"
Snowbasin 33" 31° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Ogden Narrows 40.3cfs 2.0 Mi III+ to IV
Rainbow Gardens 40.3cfs 3.0 Mi III to IV-
Morgan Waterfall 0.46cfs 0.1 Mi III+
Lower Ogden 40.3cfs 2.5 Mi III+
Ogden Play Park 71.9cfs 0.06 Mi III-
Riverdale Wave 0.46cfs 0.18 Mi III-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 39.4cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Below Ogden Play Park 71.9cfs 3.0 Mi II
Logan Town Run 67.7cfs None Mi II+ to III-
Staircase Section - 2nd Dam to 1st Dam 67.7cfs None Mi IV+ to V-
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale 0.46cfs 10.0 Mi III
3rd Dam to 2nd Dam 67.7cfs None Mi II+ to III
Scrambled Eggs Bend 49.0cfs 4.0 Mi IV