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.