Tubing Weber River

Weber River Float

Weber Canyon
Tubing & Rafting

           One 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.

General Information:
Click Here for Google Earth KMZ file.Click Here for Topographic Map.          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 young children.

          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.

Weber River Float Tubing Weber River

Trailhead Information:
          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.

Tubing Weber River Tubing Weber River

Route Information:
            From the 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 river.

          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.

Tubing Weber River

Professional Outfitter:
          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, Utah.

          There are several other outfitter's offering tubing services along the Weber River but I know nothing about any of them.

Tubing Weber River

Weber River History:
          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.

Video:
          Enjoy a short video of what you can expect while tubing the Weber River.

 

Optional Route:
          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 maneuverability.


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