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
American Fk Ab Upper Powerplant Nr American Fk
USGS 10164500
43 cfs 6.3 ft
Weber River Near Coalville
USGS 10130500
229 cfs 2.4 ft
East Canyon Creek Near Jeremy Ranch
USGS 10133800
50 cfs 5.3 ft
Hobble Creek At 1650 West At Springville
USGS 10153100
59 cfs 5.0 ft
Goggin Drain Near Magna Utah
USGS 10172630
136 cfs 9.7 ft
Mud Creek Bl Winter Quarters Canyon At Scofield
USGS 09310700
64 cfs 2.9 ft
Salt Creek At Nephi
USGS 10146000
24 cfs 1.8 ft
Weber River Near Peoa
USGS 10129300
757 cfs 4.6 ft
Chalk Creek At Coalville
USGS 10131000
252 cfs 4.3 ft
Fairview Tunnel Near Fairview
USGS 09309600
1 cfs 1.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
26" -7"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
40.55" -3.55"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
44" -5"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Payson Lakes 113 7,981 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Unicorn 26 7,242 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Blackhawk 15 7,962 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Spanish Oaks Campground None 5,124 ft
Balsam 25 5,924 ft
Canyon View RV Park 25 4,719 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Diamond 50 5,230 ft
Spanish Fork River Park None 4,966 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Brighton Ski Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
Canyons 40" 63° 2.25"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 66" 68° 1.65"
Alta Ski Area 66" 68° 1.65"
Deer Valley Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
Sundance 8" 72° 2.03"
Solitude Mountain Resort 24" 66° 1.97"
Park City Mountain Resort 40" 63° 2.25"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Skeletor's Gorge 11.7cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Bridal Veil (BV) 1740.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Spanish Fork 148.0cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 92.3cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Sixth Water 31.9cfs 1.0 Mi V- to V
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 239.0cfs 25.0 Mi II+