Lakes, Streams, Rivers, and Reservoirs in Ogden Valley

Lakes and Rivers

Pineview Reservoir

Pineview Reservoir was created as an earth and rock dam originally built in 1937 to control and store Ogden River flood waters. The now 110,000 acre-feet lake offers sport fishing, boating, canoing, stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing, water skiing, and beach activities.

Sandy beaches are the perfect place for swimming and are located at three points: Cemetery Point west of Huntsville, Anderson Cove Campground and day-use area, and Middle Inlet Beach north of Huntsville. Windsurfer Beach located on the West side of the lake acts as a trail head for a hiking/biking trail to Lewis Peak and also as beach access for non-motorized watercraft including canoes, touring kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and windsurfers.

Pineview Reservoir is the busiest reservoir for it’s size in the State of Utah. This is due to it’s close proximity to the Davis and Weber County population centers. You can leave your home and be at the water’s edge within one-half hour. The scenery around Pineview is worth the visit. Seeing the mountains from the surface of the water is an experience to remember.

Boating laws are enforced by Weber County Sheriff deputies cooperating with Utah Parks and Recreation. The ramps, campgrounds, and picnic grounds are owned by the US Forest Service and operated under a special use permit issued to American Land and Leisure from Orem, Utah. The water levels and dam are owned and operated by the USDI Bureau of Reclamation and local irrigation companies.

 

Port Ramp Marina

Located on the west shoreline of the reservoir, this is the most used launching facility. The road into the marina has a large Forest Service sign identifying the site immediately across Highway 158. The facility has a concrete ramp to launch boats and a large paved parking lot. It also has a gravel lot used as overflow parking. Port Ramp has a convenience dock for public use. A sewage dump station is located next to the two toilet buildings in the paved parking lot. There is a concessionaire manager who lives on site if you need information or assistance.

Next to the public docks is a gated section of docks for long-term storage of boats.  The fenced in lot near the entry station is also for long-term dry boat storage. Contact the concessionaire for rental information.

 

Cemetery Point Marina

To access the facility, follow Highway 39 to the eastern side of Huntsville. Follow the signs to the swim beach and marina. Cemetery Point is at the end of the road through Huntsville.

There is a day use fee for Cemetery Point which applies to the Cemetery Point Marina. The marina is the first entryway to the left after the fee station. They do not allow trailers beyond this point due to parking. This marina offers a small paved parking area, a larger gravel parking lot, and a small set of convenience Docks.

 

Anderson Cove Campground Boat Ramp

On the south shore of the reservoir is Anderson Cove Campground. This recreation complex includes a shoreline campground with individual campsites and two group sites, a day-use beach, and a boat ramp. Reserve your camp site and enjoy the public boat ramp.

 

Causey Reservoir

Located at the top of the South Fork of the Ogden River, Causey Reservoir offers fishing, paddling, camping, even cliff jumping and rock climbing. Resting at 5,700 feet, much of the water is from snow melt and is quite cold early in the year, however, it’s a perfect reprieve in hot summer months. Unique towering cliffs frame the reservoir and rise to more than 100 feet. No powerboats are allowed, so fisherman and paddlers can typically expect serenity.  Fish on any of the public beaches surrounding the reservoir. There is a public boat ramp. Bright red Kokanee Salmon spawn each fall in the waters of Causey Reservoir, with September 15th, according to records, as the peak of the spawning run.

 

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi. This shallow water lake is a favorite for visitors from around the world. It’s high salt content allows swimmers to effortlessly float in it’s gentle waves, but be watchful for storms since the lakes can quickly turn dangerous. Shower facilities and bathrooms are located close to the shoreline so swimmers can wash off the salt particles. This lake is home to large flocks of migratory birds, and during the fall visitors can watch brine shrimp boats fish in the deeper sections of the lake and dock in the marina.

 

South Fork Ogden River

The South Fork of the Ogden River flows out of Causey Reservoir through the surrounding hills and features ample public access. Anglers can fish this Blue Ribbon stretch for an opportunity to catch native Bonneville cutthroat trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish. Camping areas are plentiful and some sections see heavy traffic during summer months. General state-wide fishing rules apply, including those that allow bait and a four trout limit. Whitefish limit is 10. Depth is variable.

 

Weber River

Originating high in the Uinta Mountains, the Weber River is a 125 mile long river named for American fur trapper John Henry Weber. During summer months the class II/III stretch from Henefer to Taggart is popular amongst kayakers, open boaters, tubers, and rafters. Multiple fishing access points make the Weber River popular for anglers. Expect to catch rainbow trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish. Make it a day and enjoy lunch at Taggart’s Grill.

 

Ogden River

The Ogden River is 35 miles long and was named after fur trader, Peter Skene Ogden. Anglers are likely to catch brown trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, but it’s possible to land a yellow perch, small-mouth bass and even a tiger muskellunge. Multiple access points through Ogden Canyon and along the Ogden River Parkway make for easy river access. Please be respectful of private landowners. Private fishing guides are available for a fee. Call for more details.

 

Tubing on the Ogden & Weber Rivers

Tubing a lazy river is one of the best ways to spend the afternoon escaping from the hot summer sun. Several companies, like Barefoot Tubing and Take it Easy Tubing offer trips down the Ogden and Weber Rivers. For a small fee, they provide the tubes and will shuttle excited participants to the river access points, then back to the parking lot. Tubing the rivers offers a unique perspective of the magnificent canyons of the Wasatch

Ogden River Parkway. The Ogden River Parkway is a scenic 9.6 mile paved trail following the Ogden River through downtown Ogden. The trail begins near Rainbow Gardens at the mouth of Ogden Canyon and ends at the south end of Fort Buenaventura just west of 24th street. The parkway passes the Eccles Dinosaur Park, the Big D Sports Park, Loren Farr Park and Ogden Stadium, home of the annual Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.