Kayaking Around Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Broadly speaking, kayaking can be divided into three types. First there is kayaking on whitewater, using skill and power to successfully negotiate a river full of rapids. Second comes calm-water, recreational kayaking for gentle pleasure, for short or multiday touring, or for the aerobic training it can give. And finally sea kayaking has become increasingly popular in recent years; the ultimate is adventurous coastline journeys in some of the remoter parts of the world. These divisions are not artificial: Each has its own skill set and type of kayak, too, from short, light, and very maneuverable for rapids to long, sleek, and stable sea kayaks. Although this chapter largely focuses on whitewater kayaking (we are by the mountains and far from the sea, after all), there’s also information on some of the rivers and lakes in the area as well as “sea kayaking” on the Great Salt Lake. The following runs are all recommended and can be reached in about an hour from downtown Salt Lake City. Again, the grades given can only ever be a guide; actual conditions and difficulties will vary. Check all sources before you go and, we repeat, talk to local experts about your plans. Get their advice. This guide includes Weber River, Provo River, Ogden River, and Ogden Whitewater Park.
Outdoor Escapes Salt Lake City, A Four Seasons Guide

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Outdoor Escapes Salt Lake City, A Four Seasons Guide

by Robin Norris & Freddie Snalam (Falcon Guides)

Broadly speaking, kayaking can be divided into three types. First there is kayaking on whitewater, using skill and power to successfully negotiate a river full of rapids. Second comes calm-water, recreational kayaking for gentle pleasure, for short or multiday touring, or for the aerobic training it can give. And finally sea kayaking has become increasingly popular in recent years; the ultimate is adventurous coastline journeys in some of the remoter parts of the world. These divisions are not artificial: Each has its own skill set and type of kayak, too, from short, light, and very maneuverable for rapids to long, sleek, and stable sea kayaks.

Although this chapter largely focuses on whitewater kayaking (we are by the mountains and far from the sea, after all), there’s also information on some of the rivers and lakes in the area as well as “sea kayaking” on the Great Salt Lake. The following runs are all recommended and can be reached in about an hour from downtown Salt Lake City. Again, the grades given can only ever be a guide; actual conditions and difficulties will vary. Check all sources before you go and, we repeat, talk to local experts about your plans. Get their advice. This guide includes Weber River, Provo River, Ogden River, and Ogden Whitewater Park.

©  Robin Norris & Freddie Snalam/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Season: Best Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Kayaking Around Salt Lake City

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