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
Jordan River @ 1700 South @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10171000
128 cfs 1.9 ft
American Fk Ab Upper Powerplant Nr American Fk
USGS 10164500
9 cfs 5.9 ft
Summit Creek Abv Summit Cr Canal Nr Santaquin Ut
USGS 10147100
3 cfs 1.1 ft
Weber River Near Peoa
USGS 10129300
68 cfs 2.8 ft
Weber River Near Oakley
USGS 10128500
66 cfs 5.3 ft
East Canyon Creek Ab East Cyn Res Nr Morgan
USGS 10133980
24 cfs 4.0 ft
East Canyon Creek Bl I-80 Rest Stop Nr Park City
USGS 10133650
7 cfs 5.3 ft
Provo River Near Charleston
USGS 10155500
157 cfs 3.4 ft
Surplus Canal @ Salt Lake City
USGS 10170500
70 cfs 8.9 ft
Goggin Drain Near Magna Utah
USGS 10172630
12 cfs 8.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Gooseberry Rs Up
SNOTEL 1184
1" 0"
Chalk Creek #1
SNOTEL 392
7" 0"
Mill-D North
SNOTEL 628
2" 0"
Farmington
SNOTEL 474
9" 0"
Clear Creek #2
SNOTEL 400
2" 0"
White River #1
SNOTEL 864
2" 0"
Farmington Lower
SNOTEL 1054
2" 0"
Currant Creek
SNOTEL 432
1" 0"
Red Pine Ridge
SNOTEL 714
2" 1"
Daniels-Strawberry
SNOTEL 435
1" 0"
Lookout Peak
SNOTEL 596
2" 0"
atwater study plot
SNOTEL ATH20_MADIS
11" 0"
Monte Cristo
SNOTEL 634
10" 0"
Beaver Divide
SNOTEL 330
4" 1"
Strawberry Divide
SNOTEL 795
2" 1"
Trial Lake
SNOTEL 828
14" 1"
Parley'S Summit
SNOTEL 684
2" 0"
Hayden Fork
SNOTEL 517
2" 0"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
2" 0"
Payson R.S.
SNOTEL 686
1" 1"
alta
SNOTEL ATAU1
6.84" 0.54"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
18" 0"
Horse Ridge
SNOTEL 533
1" 0"
Smith And Morehouse
SNOTEL 763
3" 0"
alta - guard house
SNOTEL AGD
10" 0"
Lightning Ridge
SNOTEL 1056
1" 0"
Farnsworth Lake
SNOTEL 475
11" 0"
Gbrc Meadows
SNOTEL 1222
8" 0"
Chalk Creek #2
SNOTEL 393
3" 1"
Brighton
SNOTEL 366
4" 0"
Redden Mine Lwr
SNOTEL 1225
3" 1"
Mt Baldy
SNOTEL 1224
10" 0"
Dry Bread Pond
SNOTEL 455
6" 0"
Dill'S Camp
SNOTEL 444
1" 0"
Beaver Dams
SNOTEL 329
1" 1"
Ben Lomond Peak
SNOTEL 332
4" 0"
Mammoth-Cottonwood
SNOTEL 612
2" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Diamond 50 5,230 ft
Spanish Fork River Park None 4,966 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Spanish Oaks Campground None 5,124 ft
Payson Lakes 113 7,981 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Canyon View RV Park 25 4,719 ft
Balsam 25 5,924 ft
Blackhawk 15 7,962 ft
Unicorn 26 7,242 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Canyons 12" 37° 0"
Park City Mountain Resort 12" 37° 0"
Brighton Ski Resort 12" 37° 0"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 18" 47° 0"
Sundance -2" 46° 0"
Deer Valley Resort 12" 37° 0"
Solitude Mountain Resort 2" 49° 0"
Alta Ski Area 18" 47° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 68.3cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 73.3cfs 25.0 Mi II+
Bridal Veil (BV) 105.0cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Spanish Fork 71.8cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Sixth Water 23.1cfs 1.0 Mi V- to V
Skeletor's Gorge 9.42cfs 1.4 Mi IV+