OGDEN -- Brothers Ben and Chad Booth picked an historic time to hop into their kayaks and run the Ogden River.
The river is raging at nearly five times its average flow, even for early May, when the flow is historically higher than any other time of year.
But that didn't discourage the Booth brothers -- experienced kayakers who have been running the Ogden River for more than 15 years. They jumped in for a run down the Narrows section near the mouth of Ogden Canyon on Monday.
"It's pretty unique to be able to run the Ogden when it's this high, especially for this long," Ben Booth said. "It's been like this for a month."
With runoff from melting snow just starting to come down, the river could run high for some time.
According to measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey, the river was running at 1,500 cubic feet per second Tuesday. The previous record for May 3 was 1,210 cfs, set in 2006, and the average for that date is 325 cfs.
Water managers are working a balancing act as they release water from Pineview in an attempt to keep both the river and reservoir from overflowing. While spring runoff refills the reservoir, high releases are likely to continue for several weeks.
That's fine for paddle-sports enthusiasts like Ben Booth, who said the high flows on the Ogden are definitely providing the adrenaline rush he seeks.
"It's more challenging and intimidating when it gets this high, for sure," he said.
"If something went wrong, if you fell out of your boat, it would be really scary. The higher it gets, the bigger the consequences."