OGDEN -- High water levels, rainy weather and a melted snowpack may have caused flooding along some pathways and parks, but there are still plenty of areas where residents can recreate in Weber County.
The Fort Buenaventura area and many surrounding baseball fields are a few that are currently inaccessible, said Perry Huffaker, public ways and parks manager for Ogden.
"They are unusable because the (rivers) have flooded the entire trail," he said. "That corridor is actually closed."
Huffaker said three underpasses along the Riverdale and Ogden parkways are closed because they currently are under water. They include the underpass that heads south to Riverdale, and those under Washington and Wall avenues.
"We're asking all of our residents to use extreme caution along the rivers," he said. "There are no other areas that are currently closed, but we are monitoring them on a regular basis so that they haven't eroded or washed out in any way."
People looking to move to higher ground for hiking and other recreation should not have many issues, said Dave Stewart, with the Ogden Trails Network.
"The only (trail) that has had any issues is Taylor Canyon," Stewart said Monday. "It's not that big of a deal up there. You can get around it. It's not flooding or anything like that."
Stewart said the other trails above the central city have not been affected by water levels or heavy snow melt.
Shelly Neill, chairwoman of the Weber River Parkway committee, said the swollen rivers caused not only the cancellation of Weber County's National Trails Day on Saturday, but will also delay the construction of a 2-mile section of trail that will start at the end of the Riverdale parkway and go to the Adams Avenue parkway along the Weber River.
She said they have the grant money ready and a plan waiting to be executed, but the flood waters are holding the project back.
"We have to postpone any more work until the floods and water recede, so we know exactly where the trail route is going to be," she said. "It affected where the original route was planned."
Neill said the project will be put on hold until mid or late summer, depending on how long the high waters stick around.
"We've just postponed it because the route will be different in a few areas," she said. "If the water caused any erosion, we need to reroute the trail. We'll do what we can. But plans are still in place to put the bridge across the river."
That section of construction was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, Neill said. It is unknown now when it will be completed, but Neill said she guesses if it is not completed this year, it will definitely be finished by next year.
Those who are itching to do some early camping still have a few places that are dry. John VanAlfen, campground manager of Weber Memorial Park, said they aren't having any flooding issues at their campsite and neither is North Fork Park.
"Our campgrounds are dry and very accessible," he said. "I know some others are having problems, but Weber Memorial is wide open. North Fork is not a problem, though they had some snow, but most of it is cleared out right now. The only problem is Fort Buenaventura."
Weber County Parks and Recreation Manager Jim Carter announced Monday that the postponed Fort Buenaventura Easter Rendezvous has been canceled for this year. The event was originally postponed until June, but part of the park is still under water. Those who have put any money toward reservations will receive a refund.
No matter where residents choose to recreate this summer, Huffaker advises those who play near water to be extra cautious. He said he visited the Ogden parkway over the weekend with his family and was surprised to see families playing in the high river.
"My worry is folks will become lax, and they'll put themselves and family members and their pets in harm's way," he said. "We want them to use their very best judgment around the river at this time."
For those still seeking winter recreation, Snowbasin Resort has announced it will reopen on weekends starting this weekend. A resort spokesman reported a 100-inch snow base has allowed the resort to reopen for the first time ever.
"Our snow total has been amazing this year," said Jason Dyer, public relations manager for Snowbasin. "We had multiple storms come through measuring in the 10- to 24-inch range. Cool temperatures and all the storms have held our base very well."
Skiers and snowboarders will use the Needles Gondola to access multiple runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekend.
Season passes for the 2011-12 winter season will be sold on Saturday and accepted for the summer skiing, but 2010-11 passes will not be accepted. Single-day lift tickets will sell for $35.
Dyer said the resort's summer opening will be completely dependent on the weather, and it's not known how long the resort will be able to stay operational for winter sports.