The latest rules, regulations, tactics, and tips for one of the Ogden area's crown jewels.
As afternoon temperatures creep toward the 90s, our office phone starts ringing off the hook with calls from people looking for the latest info on one of the crown jewels of the Ogden area: Pineview Reservoir. We’ve done our best to compile the answers to the most common questions here, including important coronavirus-related information.
The main question we're getting right now is whether the boat ramps are open or not. Port Ramp is open and the others are likely to open by May 15th. Please note that there is a concern with the spread of Quagga Mussels this year since the DNR had to shut down operations at Lake Powell. DNR officers will likely be staffed at Pineview because of this.
The most common daily question: “What is the water temperature?”
Answer: We don’t know. As much as we wish our task list included a daily trip to the lake to take its temperature at various locations, we haven’t been able to make that happen yet. Locals pretty much go by the maxim, “Mid-70s in mid-Summer.”
If that sounds like what you need to beat the heat, read on for info on how to have your best day at Pineview.
Pineview is almost exclusively accessed via either Trappers Loop (Hwy 167) or Ogden Canyon (Hwy 39). Visitors coming from points south typically take I-84 up Weber Canyon to the Mountain Green exit, then take Trappers Loop (Hwy 167) into Ogden Valley.
Approaching from Ogden City, drive east on 12th Street, which turns into Ogden Canyon (Hwy 39). You’ll be on a scenic byway with towering peaks, waterfalls, and a blue-ribbon stream, but leave the sightseeing to your passengers on this winding road.
Recreation at Pineview Reservoir is administered by several agencies (U.S. Forest Service, Utah Recreation Company, Weber County Sheriff, Utah Department of Natural Resources), with each agency somewhat overlapping the other. A few general rules apply around the entire lake, with specific rules applying to specific areas.
General rules: PIneview beaches are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. No alcohol in any beach area. Alcohol is allowed on the water (boats), but standard laws apply in terms of public intoxication and operating a vehicle under the influence. No glass containers. No littering (pack it in, pack it out). No beach fires or charcoal. No overnight camping (with the obvious exception of Anderson Cove campground).
Life preservers are required to be readily accessible for all watercraft at Pineview. For paddleboarders, that means your life jacket needs to be on your board, if not your person. Be aware that the rules at neighboring Causey Reservoir require life jackets to be worn at all times.
Fee vs. Free
There are four areas around the reservoir that require a fee for entry and use: Port Ramp Marina, Middle Inlet, Cemetery Point, and Anderson Cove. Fee areas are expected to begin collecting fees on May 15.
Day-use and boat ramp fee's for Cemetery Point, Anderson Cove and Port Ramp is $18.
Day-use fee for Middle Inlet is $15. Walk-ins are $7 per person at all areas.
Boat ramps are available at all areas except Middle Inlet. Restrooms, picnic areas, group pavilions, etc. are available at all four areas. Use of group areas requires a reservation which is easily done at recreation.gov.
Free access to beaches is available at Pineview Trailhead (Windsurfer Beach), North Arm, and Spring Creek with restrooms available at each. Additional access to the water is also available at various roadside pull-outs, but pay attention to signs regulating parking.
Pets are prohibited in three of the fee areas (Port Ramp, Middle Inlet, and Cemetery Point). Anderson Cove Campground allows two dogs per campsite, and they must be kept on leash at all times. Pets are allowed at non-fee areas such as Windsurfer Beach, Spring Creek, North Arm, and other publicly accessible areas. Service animals are allowed at all beaches, day-use areas, campgrounds, etc.
Overnight camping on Pineview beaches is prohibited, but boaters can anchor overnight 20 feet from the shore and overnight camping is available at Anderson Cove campground. For 2020, first-come-first-served sites are not offered as in years past. A reservation at recreation.gov is required.
All campgrounds and other fee areas will open on May 15.
Walk-ins for day-use and boating are encouraged to pay by credit card to limit any cash handling.
A few outfitters around the lake offer equipment rentals for boats, personal watercraft, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, bikes, etc. Due to coronavirus-related precautions, please check with outfitters regarding their current policies.
ClubRec, at Cemetery Point, is the only outfitter located on the water and specializes in all things water-related. Their boats and Jet-Skis are in the water and waiting, and their beachside shop has dozens of paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. They also sell various marine supplies, life jackets, snacks and beverages.
Chris’s, a service station and restaurant located on Highway 39 as you enter Huntsville, also rents powered watercraft, and you’ll need to be able to pull a trailer to one of the boat ramps.
Diamond Peak in Eden and Detours in Huntsville specialize in human-powered watercraft rentals such as paddleboards and kayaks, and you’ll need a vehicle capable of transporting your rentals to the water. Diamond Peak also rents mountain bikes and cruisers for those wanting to jump on the paved Pineview Loop trail that circumnavigates most of the lake.
Pineview is a blue ribbon fishery containing black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, tiger muskellunge, bluegill, bullhead catfish, green sunfish, and common carp. An overview from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can be found here, and the most recent fishing report can be found here.
Open Swim Area
The extreme west end of Pineview Reservoir (nearest the dam) is cordoned off from all use by a full-width floating barrier. Immediately adjacent to that barrier is a boatless area designated for open-water swimming. Roadside parking is available.
You’ll hear locals regularly refer to “Windsurfer Beach” as the go-to spot for stand-up paddleboarding. No signage exists for this gem of a spot, but they’re referring to the beach that is accessed from the Pineview Trailhead parking area. The area is designated as a wakeless area for boats and provides the quickest access to the wakeless and boatless areas of the extreme west arm of the lake. Spring Creek is a similarly popular paddleboarding spot located on the eastern side of the lake.
There is a daily limit on the number of boats allowed on Pineview. At high water (early season), the cap is 350. That daily limit decreases throughout the season as water levels subside. If you're planning a Saturday or Sunday visit, be sure to show up early. Once the daily limit is reached, additional boats cannot launch until a boat is removed from the lake.