Although this year’s unusually wet February created challenges around Northern Utah, one group has been enjoying all of the water. Despite freezing temperatures and icy water, kayakers have begun racing through the high water rapids in Ogden Canyon.
For the past three weeks, Pineview Water Systems has been releasing water from Pineview Dam at a rate that hasn’t been seen in years. This creates larger and more technical rapids, especially in the stretch of the Ogden River known as The Narrows near the mouth of the canyon. This 1.4-mile stretch of river is considered a Class V run when the water reaches such heights. American Whitewater describes Class V as “extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk.”
Further upstream, the Ogden River is a more relaxed, but still technical route, with pockets of Class III and IV rapids spread amongst the homes and lodges.