Utah Rivers and Lakes to Play in

So you rented a tube, SUP or kayak from the Outdoor Program Rental Center, now where do you go around Ogden to play?

Flat Water Recreation Areas

» Pineview Reservoir

pineview map of beaches

Pineview Reservoir is great for boating, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, and playing in the water and sand.

There are three swim areas with sandy beaches that offer easy access to the reservoir:

  • Cemetery Point west of Huntsville
  • Anderson Cove Campground and day-use area
  • Middle Inlet Beach north of Huntsville

This reservoir is the busiest in the State of Utah for its size. Dogs are welcome anywhere along the shoreline EXCEPT at the developed beaches at Cemetery Point, Middle Inlet, or Anderson Cove. The reservoir has buoys marking areas of the water surface designated with speed or boating restrictions. The limit of the number of boats on the lake at one time is monitored at the ramps.

Pineview Reservoir is located about eight miles east of Ogden at 5,000 feet elevation in the center of the Ogden Valley. The reservoir shoreline is generally flat and grassy with a variety of hardwood trees.

Getting There:

The route from the Wasatch Front communities is either Utah Highway 39 (12th Street) through Ogden canyon or by Highway I-84 Weber Canyon to the Mountain Green exit then Utah Highway 167 Trappers Loop.

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» Causey Reservoir

causey reservoirCausey Reservoir is part of the South Fork Ogden River drainage. Causey is not open to motorize crafts which makes it a great place to go paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

Getting There:

The route from the Wasatch Front communities is either Utah Highway 39 (12th Street) through Ogden canyon towards Huntsville, continuing east out of Huntsville on Highway 39, or by Highway I-84 Weber Canyon to the Mountain Green exit then Utah Highway 167 Trappers Loop continuing onto highway 39 east from Huntsville, UT.

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Whitewater Recreation Areas

» Weber River: Henefer-Taggart

  • Class II(III)
  • Length: 5 Miles
  • Flow: 200-3500 CFS
  • Put-in: Fishing access at I-84 exit 112
  • Take-out: Exit 108

The Henefer to Taggart run begins at the western Henefer exit. This mellow section offers good eddylines and a couple of play features.  You can tube the Weber River, paddle board, raft, or kayak, just make sure to check the water levels first to ensure a fun day of play with your equipment! 

Getting There:

From Ogden, take I-84 East to the first Henefer exit, take a left (the first possible put-in is directly in front of you now) then turn right on the dirt frontage road to go down to the main parking area.

More about the Weber River from Henefer to Taggart

» Provo River: Deer Creek Reservoir to Vivian Park

  • provo riverClass II
  • Length: 17.5 Miles
  • Flow: 200-1000 CFS
  • Put-in: Lower Deer Creek Road in Heber City
  • Take-out: South Fork Road in Provo

Deer Creek Reservoir to Vivian Park is the most scenic class II section along the Wasatch Front. It is popular for tubing, rafting, paddle boarding, and beginner kayaking.

More about the Provo River from Deer Creek Reservoir to Vivian Park


» Ogden River: Urban Section

ogden riverThis section of the river is a fantastic stretch of river to get on when you don’t have the time to travel. From Loren Farr Park in Ogden, UT, to the Crystal Wave behind Walmart on 20th street, this 1.5 mile section is great for tubing, fishing, and kayaking.


» Snake River: Alpine Canyon (West Table to Sheep Gulch)

  • snake riverClass III
  • Length: 9 Miles
  • Flow: 1800-2000 CFS
  • Put-in: Forest Road West Table
  • Take-out: Forest Road Sheep Gulch

Alpine Canyon on the Snake River is a classic whitewater run. It is great for rafts and play-boats. In the spring high flows can produce class IV rapids. Through the summer the river provides consistent class III whitewater.

More about the Snake River Alpine Canyon



Guided Adventures

Not sure if you want to venture the waters alone?

The OP offers Guided Water Adventures. The price includes gear and an AMGA Certified Instructor to guide you.

Learn More About Guided Water Adventures


* Life jackets should always be worn when enjoying water activities.