Weber River Float
of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer day is floating the Weber River
on a tube. This adventure is perfect for friends, couples, seniors and
families with older children.
The Weber River Float is approximately 5 miles long and will take
approximately 2 hours from put in to take out. Late spring, summer and fall are the ideal times for
this adventure. This activity is suitable for the entire family, excluding
Utah law requires that every person on the Weber River wear a Life jackets.
The river is heavily patrolled and tickets are issues for anyone caught not
wearing a life jacket. The tickets are not cheap, you have been warned.
Commonsense dictates that you do not bring glass or glass bottles on the
river, but I have to mention this fact because commonsense isn't nearly as
common as you would think it is. One other word of caution is the trailheads
and nearby roads are heavily patrolled for drunk drivers.
Hot summer days are
the prime time for this adventure. Wetsuits are not normally used during periods of
hot weather, but are nice to have on early spring or late fall days when the
temperatures begin to drop. Tubes, rafts, kayaks, canoes and just about anything
that floats is suitable for this trip. I always use a large inner tube.
Sometimes we load up a tube just for the cooler, but the trip is so short
it's not really necessary. Everything not tied to you or your tube will get
lost, don't say I didn't warn you.
A GPS is not required
for this adventure but I have provided the waypoints for the tech junkies. The USGS 7.5' Map
titled "Devils Slide" shows the area
described. Navigation for this route is easy. All
waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum.
The trailheads are
accessible to all vehicles in all weather conditions.
From Morgan, Utah take I-84 east for 5.0 miles to Exit 108
(Taggart). Exit the Interstate and park anywhere you like along the river in
the large dirt parking area. This is the lower trailhead, there is ample
parking for numerous vehicles. This is where you will end your float. This
is where you leave your shuttle vehicle.
From the lower trailhead get back on I-84 and continue east for 4.2 miles to
Exit 112 (Henefer), exit the interstate and turn left (north) and follow the
road for 0.4 miles to where it ends in a large dirt parking lot next to the
river. This is the upper trailhead, there is ample parking for numerous
vehicles. This is where you will begin your float.
Upper Weber River Trailhead (N41° 02' 32", W111° 31' 09") it's
really easy. Just put your tube in the water, jump on and enjoy the ride.
About 2 miles into the trip you will float under a train trestle followed
immediately by the Croydon Bridge (N41°
03' 36", W111° 32' 21"), this is the only real obstacle along this
float. The Croydon Bridge consists of a low highway bridge supported by
three concrete arches and the bridge is rather low to the water. You want to
float through the right (east) arch as the others contain debris. Someone
has marked the correct arch with giant red arrows and the words "HERE" to
make sure you float through the correct arch. You can see this bridge coming
from a long ways up river and it's really not much of an obstacle. There is
a beach on the right (east) just past the Croydon Bridge that is a popular
place to stop and regroup.
Approximately 1/2 mile below the Croydon Bridge the river crosses under a
train trestle and I-84. Soon after you cross under I-84 the interesting rock
formation known as Devil's Slide (N41°
03' 49", W111° 32' 52") will appear on the left (south) side of the
Devil's Slide is approximately the halfway point of the float. The second
half of the river is a little lazier then the first half. Just kickback and
enjoy the float. You will know you have about 1 mile left in your trip when
the river travels under I-84 for about 200-yards, some people call this "the
tunnel", but it's not really a tunnel, it's just a long bridge built over
the river. Just before the finish you will again cross under a train trestle
which lets you know thing are about to get interesting.
Perhaps the best part about this float is it ends with a grand finale at
Taggert Falls (N41°
03' 29", W111° 35' 29"), this is the largest rapid on the river and is
an excellent place to take some pictures. Exit to the right (north)
immediately after Taggert Falls and climb the embankment to your shuttle.
If you want to make this adventure really easy
consider using one of the major commercial outfitters. For a very reasonable
fee they will provide every member of your group with a tube, life jacket
and shuttle service. This really makes floating the river a simple and
stress free adventure.
I have used High Country Adventure
numerous times and found them to be extremely professional and well
organized. Their equipment is always first rate and well maintained. Reservations are recommended. The major downside
to HCA is they are closed on Sunday.
I have never used Barefoot Tubing,
but they have a good reputation. They are open on Sunday and reservations
are recommended. Their office is located in Morgan,
There are several other outfitter's offering tubing services along the Weber
River but I know nothing about any of them.
The Weber River is
125-miles (201 km) long. It begins high in the Uinta Mountains and empties
into the Great Salt Lake. The Weber River was named for American fur trapper
John Henry Weber.
Enjoy a short video of what you can expect while tubing the Weber River.
The float can be
extended by approximately 3 miles and 1 1/2 hours by putting in at the
Optional Upper Trailhead (N41° 00' 52", W111° 29' 23"). To reach the
Optional Upper Trailhead follow I-84 an additional 3 miles east from the
standard Upper Trailhead to Exit 115 (Henefer). Exit
the interstate and turn right (south) and turn immediately left (east) onto
the Frontage Road. Follow the Frontage Road for 200-yards to the Optional
Upper Trailhead which consist of ample dirt parking on the north side of the
Frontage Road and the river on the south side of the road.
Put your tube in the river and begin floating. This extended version is not
nearly as popular with tubers as the standard version because many feel that
3 1/2 hours is too long of float, but the extend version is very popular
with rafts and kayak as they generally float much quicker because of their