Causey Reservoir in Utah

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A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Nestled up at the top of the South Fork of the Ogden River, Causey Reservoir is a fascinating, cozy paddle for anyone looking for a nice day trip. The reservoir at 5,700-foot elevation with a smooth 140-acre area was formed by the creation of a dam. Much of the water comes from snowmelt that makes it a cool escape during hot summers. However, its most beautiful feature is its towering cliffs.

Paddling down the walls of the canyons that climb to more than 100 feet allow a moment in quiet serenity. My kids and I like to stop and anchor in coves and pretend to find pirates. Tall pine trees and giant rocks also decorate the sides of these walls.

Additionally, there are places to stop and hike. No powerboats are allowed so the calm water is only disturbed by the wind. Because it is at the end of a canyon, that can be frequent.

In addition, the three different fingers of this small reservoir are fed with small streams which during the late summer Cochone Salmon turn bright red and spawn. If you care to fish, the reservoir is also stocked with trout.

In early Spring the put-in is a simple park and paddle. However, as summer drains the reservoir, a steep portage down a gravel-covered shore is required. Parking exists by the dam and near the Boy Scout camp.

Fun paddle for the whole family!


Campgrounds are nearby. There are also numerous B&Bs in the Ogden Valley.


Fishing license required. No boating license required.


Exit 12th Street in Ogden and head west up Ogden Canyon. Once in Ogden Valley, take the road following the south side of Pineview Reservoir. Take a right on State Highway 39 and follow until you get to Causey.


Trip Details

  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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