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Camping:  South Fork of the Ogden River

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The South Fork of the Ogden River is a popular camping spot, campgrounds abound. This area is easily accessed from either Ogden or Salt Lake City.  From Ogden drive up Ogden canyon and continue East to Huntsville, take a right on highway 39.  From Salt Lake City drive up I-15 to the Lagoon exit, head North on highway 89 until you reach the entrance to highway 84, head East on 84. Continue on 84 until you reach the Mt. Green exit, follow the signs to Trappers Loop. At the end of Trappers Loop make a right towards Huntsville, take a right on highway 39. 

If you decide to camp up here be sure and bring an inner tube and a fishing pole. The South Fork of the Ogden River winds by most of the campgrounds. There are many opportunities to either wet a line of drift down the river. This area is quite popular and reservations are highly recommended. All campsites feature a picnic table, fire ring and nearby bathroom.

Magpie is the first campground encountered on highway 39, this is about 5 miles after turning off in Huntsville. Magpie is $12.00 per night and features 27 sites.

Botts is found soon after Magpie. Botts has 8 sites and is also $12.00 per night. There are several sites that are directly on the river, but all sites are located a short walk away.

The South Fork campground is next, this is probably the largest of the campgrounds in the row. Plenty of trees and bushes provide shady campsites.

The river flows directly through the campground, it is quite easy to procure a site where you can listen to the river flow by as you fall asleep. It is a bit nicer campground and therefore the price is upped to $14.00, there are 44 sites to choose from.

The sign for Perception Park will be the next one you see. This is a verysouthfork1.JPG (57134 bytes) developed campground with a playground and a free day picnic area. There are 24 sites either located on the river or a short walk away. This campground also features a group area for those larger camp-outs. The Individual sites cost $14.00 per night.

The Meadows campground is up next, this campground has two different areas. southfork2.jpg (82506 bytes) The Upper Meadows is first and features 9 campsites. Follow the signs to the Upper Meadows, there you will find 23 sites to choose from. In each campground you will find a mixture of shady and full on sun sites. As a general rule the campsites on the outside of the ring are usually more shady. The Upper Meadows costs $12.00 per night, while the Lower Meadows are $14.00 per night.

The last Forest Service campground along the row is the Willows campground.  This campground has 16 sites available, these sites are generally well separated. The river is either campside or close by. These sites are available for $12.00 per night.

A bit further down the road you will see a sign pointing you towards Causeysouthfork3.jpg (43993 bytes) Reservoir, this area is not to be missed if site-seeing is in mind. There is also a campground run by Weber County. The Weber County Memorial campground features 3 separate areas, two of them group areas and one containing about 31 sites. These sites are a bit more run-down than the forest service areas but are still a good way to go camping. It costs $15.00 per site to camp in the Memorial Park.


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South Fork




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by Tom Wharton, Gayen Wharton


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by DeLorme (Editor)

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