Water Trail

Boating
 
The Jordan River Commission is working with local governments and community stakeholders to implement plans to ensure safe and enjoyable boating from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake.

Boating is a wonderful way to experience the wildlife and beauty of the Jordan River.  However, boating has inherent risks, and it is the responsibility of the boater to ensure their own safety when paddling the Jordan River.  There are several natural and man-made hazards along the river, and some of these have claimed the lives of boaters.
 

All boaters are responsible for ensuring their own safety. Boaters must know their own skills and capabilities and assess river hazards or conditions accordingly—not all conditions will be safe for all levels of skill or capability.

Boaters must always wear appropriate personal flotation devices (PFDs) and having any other safety equipment necessary for safe paddling.

Conditions on the river can change without warning. Periods of high water flow, such as during spring snow melt or after storm events can create new or different hazards.

Boaters should scout out their route immediately before entering the water to evaluate current conditions. Boaters must know when and how to exit the river safely to avoid hazards.  Boaters should not attempt to paddle the river during periods of swift, high flows.

Please contact local recreation departments to find information about current water conditions within their sections of the Jordan River Parkway.

 

Water Trail Map

A working map of paddling opportunities on the Jordan River can be found below.  This map is a work-in-progress. Please email us with any suggestions or corrections to make it more useful and accurate.  Tips for those interested in boating on the Jordan River can be downloaded here: Boating Safety Tips.

NOTE: This map was created with the best available information on June 30, 2014. The hazards identified on this map may not be accurate and may not reflect the current conditions that exist on the Jordan River.

 

Click on the map image below to open up a larger, interactive map.

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Group Paddle Trips

The group Utah Outdoors leads regular trips down the Jordan river throughout the summer. Boaters will need to provide their own boat, paddles, and life jackets.  These can be rented at several locations around the Wasatch Front.  Click here to see dates or to sign-up for Utah Outdoors group paddle or bicycle trips. 

In addition, the following sites are popular references for boating in Utah.

www.utah.com/raft/rivers/

www.utrivers.com/

www.eddyflower.com/

 

Current water level readings

Current water flow from the U.S. Geologic Survey can be accessed here:

 Jordan River at 1700 South

Surplus Canal (approximately 2100 South)

 

Water Trail Master Plan

The overall vision for the Jordan River Water Trail includes consistent signage along the river and at trailheads, formalized boat launch and take-out points, and safety interventions and signage at boater hazards.  Several efforts are underway to mitigate navigational hazards that exist within the river, as well as to plan for, design, and implement a series of boater access facilities.

A preliminary Water Trail Master Plan can be found in the Salt Lake County’s Jordan River Trail Master Plan. Salt Lake County is planning to prepare an update and refinement of this plan in 2016, and funding is being sought to implement the plan once complete.  The City of Saratoga Springs plans to install three boat launches in the Utah County in 2016, and two more are planned for the future. The City of North Salt Lake is actively working to construct a take-out and boater parking area at Center Street in the Davis County section of the river.  This is also expected to be completed in 2016.

Finally, the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands is working with various local governments to mitigate, and eliminate where possible, the most dangerous navigational hazards to boaters in the river.  In 2015, the deadly “Winchester Hazard” was re-engineered and the rapid is now safe to float for most boaters thanks to a partnership between the State, Murray City and Salt Lake County. Discussions are underway to address other significant hazards in the river.