Spanish Fork


Ah, the Mighty Spanish Fork! Don't let the nickname fool you, this run is suitable for beginners at lower flows and a good step up for intermediates at higher flows. This section of the Spanish Fork flows near Rt 6, which is partially visible during most of the run. The put-in is actually on the Diamond Fork just above the confluence of the Diamond and Spanish Fork rivers. After choosing which put in option to take, and there are a few, the river meanders for a mile or so before turning sharply right and entering a narrow gorge. There are three distinct rapids in this section followed by a strong eddy play spot then a short paddle to the take out. Note- This run is easy to do with only one vehicle. Drive to the put in, hide your boat and gear inside the dry tunnel furthest river left then go park at the take out and walk up following the railroad track or the dirt road. Paddle times low flow- approx 30 minutes. Medium to high flow- 12-15 minutes. Here is a link to the Spanish Fork River Park. Good camping and picnicing can be had right next to the river. http://www.utahcountyonline.org/Dept/PubWrks/Parks/ParkDetails.asp?IDNO=7 The famed "Johnnie A Eddyline" is just a few feet from the western most camping/picnicing site- about 200 yards from the bridge (on foot) where you park for the put in. In the winter months, when there is snow on the ground, try your hand at kayak sledding on the big hills near the upper put in.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Spanish Fork are between a bare minimum of 160cfs and a high of 800cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 10150500, the Spanish Fork At Castilla Remember only watercraft are permitted at Spanish Fork.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Fairview Tunnel Near Fairview
USGS 09309600
0 cfs 1.6 ft
Silver Creek Near Silver Creek Junction
USGS 10129900
7 cfs 4.2 ft
Weber River Near Coalville
USGS 10130500
42 cfs 1.5 ft
Provo River Near Hailstone
USGS 10155000
140 cfs 6.4 ft
Sevier River Blw San Pitch River
USGS 10217000
52 cfs 4.6 ft
White River Bl Tabbyune C Near Soldier Summit
USGS 09312600
5 cfs 2.0 ft
Little Cottonwood Creek @ Jordan River Nr Slc
USGS 10168000
3 cfs 0.2 ft
East Canyon Creek Bl I-80 Rest Stop Nr Park City
USGS 10133650
17 cfs 5.5 ft
Chalk Creek At Coalville
USGS 10131000
26 cfs 3.3 ft
Salt Crk Blw Nephi Powerplant Div
USGS 10145400
9 cfs 6.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mammoth-Cottonwood
SNOTEL 612
24" -2"
Payson R.S.
SNOTEL 686
12" -3"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
41" -2"
Clear Creek #2
SNOTEL 400
15" -1"
Daniels-Strawberry
SNOTEL 435
9" -3"
Chalk Creek #1
SNOTEL 392
40" -1"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
56" -2"
Thaynes Canyon
SNOTEL 814
43" -2"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
44" 0"
Redden Mine Lwr
SNOTEL 1225
18" -3"
Parrish Creek
SNOTEL 971
36" -1"
Hayden Fork
SNOTEL 517
26" -2"
Red Pine Ridge
SNOTEL 714
19" -3"
Trial Lake
SNOTEL 828
42" -2"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
24" -1"
Gbrc Hq
SNOTEL 1221
14" -3"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
43" -2"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
25" -2"
Gooseberry Rs Up
SNOTEL 1184
8" -4"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
60" -2"
Gbrc Meadows
SNOTEL 1222
38" -1"
Dill'S Camp
SNOTEL 444
13" -2"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
30" -2"
Thistle Flat
SNOTEL 1226
18" -2"
Louis Meadow
SNOTEL 972
19" -3"
Ben Lomond Trail
SNOTEL 333
12" -2"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
64" -1"
Kilfoil Creek
SNOTEL 1145
16" -3"
Clear Creek #1
SNOTEL 399
20" -154"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
56" -1"
Huntington Horse
SNOTEL 1216
35" -1"
Beaver Dams
SNOTEL 329
7" -2"
Pickle Keg
SNOTEL 691
23" -2"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
25" -3"
White River #1
SNOTEL 864
8" -2"
Wrigley Creek
SNOTEL 1228
12" -2"
Chalk Creek #2
SNOTEL 393
33" -1"
Hardscrabble
SNOTEL 896
27" -1"
Rees Flat
SNOTEL 1217
13" -1"
Hobble Creek
SNOTEL 1223
6" -1"
Smith And Morehouse
SNOTEL 763
18" -2"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
60" -2"
Strawberry Divide
SNOTEL 795
17" -2"
Farnsworth Lake
SNOTEL 475
50" -1"
Beaver Divide
SNOTEL 330
13" -2"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
23" -2"
Mt Baldy
SNOTEL 1224
42" -1"
Seeley Creek
SNOTEL 742
22" -3"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
61" -2"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
24" -2"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
23" -3"
Upper Joes Valley
SNOTEL 1227
6" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Diamond 50 5,230 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Balsam 25 5,924 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Spanish Fork River Park None 4,966 ft
Canyon View RV Park 25 4,719 ft
Blackhawk 15 7,962 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Payson Lakes 113 7,981 ft
Spanish Oaks Campground None 5,124 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Unicorn 26 7,242 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sundance 37" 43° 0.83"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 64" 39° 7.94"
Park City Mountain Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
Solitude Mountain Resort 43" 36° 9.78"
Canyons 43" 35° 9.07"
Alta Ski Area 64" 39° 7.94"
Brighton Ski Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
Deer Valley Resort 43" 35° 9.07"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Skeletor's Gorge 12.4cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Bridal Veil (BV) 140.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 120.0cfs 25.0 Mi II+
Spanish Fork 72.0cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Sixth Water 23.6cfs 1.0 Mi V- to V
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 25.2cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V