Take a Hike

Causey Reservoir, Kokanee Salmon Run

By Ryan Spelts

As cooler weather rolls in, it’s time to start thinking about getting out and taking a hike. A few years ago, we enjoyed seeing the Kokanee Salmon that spawn up a small stream out of Causey Reservoir. We have made this hike, and it is great. The hike is on the easy side of things. It is probably a little long for toddlers, but we saw lots of elementary kids along the path. They were worn out by the end, but it is worth the hike.

You must hike or paddle to see Kokanee salmon at Causey Reservoir. You’ll find viewing opportunities at the left-hand and right-hand forks of the South Fork of the Ogden River, which connects to the reservoir. The left-hand fork is not accessible over land — you must use a stand-up paddle board, kayak, or canoe to get there. The right-hand fork can be accessed by land and requires about a 2.5-mile hike in from the Skullcrack Canyon parking area. Peak spawning time is the middle of September (wildlife.utah.gov).

If you’re up for a hike, go check them out. The salmon turn bright red as they get ready to spawn, and they will be found in a shallow creek. Make sure to leave them alone and stay out of the water so you don’t crush the eggs. That way, we have plenty of salmon to go see again next year.

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