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
West Canyon Creek Near Cedar Fort
USGS 10166430
2 cfs 2.4 ft
East Canyon Creek Ab East Cyn Res Nr Morgan
USGS 10133980
20 cfs 3.9 ft
Spanish Fork At Castilla
USGS 10150500
75 cfs 3.3 ft
White River Bl Tabbyune C Near Soldier Summit
USGS 09312600
1 cfs 1.8 ft
Snake Creek Near Charleston
USGS 10156000
33 cfs 1.8 ft
Currant Creek Near Fruitland
USGS 09288000
37 cfs 1.5 ft
Provo River Near Woodland
USGS 10154200
65 cfs 2.6 ft
Currant Creek Near Mona
USGS 10146400
1 cfs 3.9 ft
Goggin Drain Near Magna Utah
USGS 10172630
26 cfs 8.7 ft
Sevier River Near Juab
USGS 10219000
280 cfs 5.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mammoth-Cottonwood
SNOTEL 612
1" 1"
Snowbird
SNOTEL 766
1" 1"
Red Pine Ridge
SNOTEL 714
1" 1"
Mt Baldy
SNOTEL 1224
2" 1"
Cascade Mountain
SNOTEL 1039
1" 0"
Beaver Dams
SNOTEL 329
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Diamond 50 5,230 ft
Deer Creek State Park 75 5,565 ft
Cherry 14 5,211 ft
Rock Canyon 4 6,901 ft
Nunns Park None 4,994 ft
Whiting 13 5,451 ft
Unicorn 26 7,242 ft
Hope 26 6,669 ft
Balsam 25 5,924 ft
Spanish Oaks Campground None 5,124 ft
Payson Lakes 113 7,981 ft
Spanish Fork River Park None 4,966 ft
Mt. Timpanogos 27 6,985 ft
Blackhawk 15 7,962 ft
Canyon View RV Park 25 4,719 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Canyons 0" 71° 0"
Solitude Mountain Resort 0" 72° 0"
Deer Valley Resort 0" 71° 0"
Park City Mountain Resort 0" 71° 0"
Alta Ski Area 1" 74° 0"
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 1" 74° 0"
Sundance -4" 77° 0"
Brighton Ski Resort 0" 71° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek) 64.7cfs 25.0 Mi II+
Spanish Fork 74.9cfs 1.6 Mi III-
Bridal Veil (BV) 76.5cfs 4.0 Mi III to IV
Skeletor's Gorge 14.6cfs 1.4 Mi IV+
Park and Ride to Old Mill Catch Pond 46.6cfs 1.25 Mi IV to V
Sixth Water 26.6cfs 1.0 Mi V- to V