Here are just a few of the many places to kayak in Northern Utah

Thursday , July 06, 2017 - 5:00 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

With warm weather and stable water levels throughout the area, the time to kayak in Northern Utah is now. 

Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or someone who wants to give it a try, there are plenty of places nearby that will fit your skill set.

Ratings are provided for many local streams that give a better idea of the skill level needed for that area. Ratings range from I-VI, with I referring to rapids that are slow and meant for beginners, and VI means only seasoned professional kayakers should attempt to brave the area. Ratings can change depending on the time of year and water levels. 

Here are a few places near Ogden to kayak this summer, compiled from various paddling and water sports websites.

Causey Reservoir

While Pineview is also a good place for kayaking, beginners should consider starting at Causey Reservoir to first get their feet wet. This is because Causey allows only wakeless motor boats, which allows for quieter waters conducive for beginners. Other paddle sports, like canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding, are also popular at Causey. 

Rating: Not rated, flat-water area

How to get there: Take 12th Street west in Ogden, and head up Ogden Canyon. Follow State Road 39 around the south side of Pineview Reservoir, taking a right when S.R. 39 turns, and following to Causey.

Weber River: Henefer to Taggart

This five-mile-section of the Weber River is a good place for beginners to start. High water flow increases the speed, but not the difficulty of this class II-III run. Good eddy lines and play features make this area ideal for whitewater novices. This area is also a good location for tubing and paddleboarding. 

Rating: II-III

How to get there: From Ogden, take Interstate 84 east to the first Henefer exit; take a left (the first possible put-in is directly in front of you) then turn right on the dirt frontage road to go down to the main parking area.

Ogden River: Urban Section

If you don’t want to travel far to find places to kayak, look no farther than the Ogden River. This short, 1.5 mile stretch starts at Lorin Farr Park and ends at the Crystal Wave behind Walmart on 20th Street and Wall Avenue. This area is also popular for fishing and tubing.

Rating: Not available

How to get here: Lorin Farr Park is located at 769 Canyon Road in Ogden. 

Weber River: Riverdale to Ogden

For more experienced kayakers, the play parks in Riverdale and Ogden are worth the trip. The Riverdale Play Park is located at the end of 600 West, and the Ogden Play Park is located at 485 W. Exchange Road. Despite damage sustained from a 2011 flood, ferries and eddy turns can still be done at the Riverdale park in the pool between two drops. The quality of the Ogden park has deteriorated over the past few years, according to a 2016 Standard-Examiner story, but city officials say the park is open to the public. 

Rating: II-III

How to get here: The Riverdale park is located at the end of 600 West; the Ogden park is located near 485 W. Exchange Road. 

Weber River: Scrambled Eggs Bend

This area is not for beginners, as there are a handful of drops that can surprise you if you aren’t careful. This three-mile-run is challenging and an area of fast water. Depending on the area, this section of the Weber River can range in difficulty from III-IV or higher in some spots. 

Rating: III-IV

How to get here: This run is accessed from the eastbound I-84 rest area before Mountain Green. From the rest area, take a right and drive downstream and park by the dam. Walk along the fence 100 yards downstream from the parking to the designated fisherman's access to put in.

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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