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When is it safe to float the Weber River?

We get this question a lot at Weber Tubing. Here are a couple things you should know:

  1. We will not send anyone down the river if the water level is too high or too low. Safety is very important to us and we keep a pretty close eye on water levels for just this reason. This is why our season typically starts in late June and ends about Labor Day. Some years the river is safe a little longer than this and sometimes a little shorter, but looking at years of average river levels we found that this was almost always the perfect time for tubing on the Weber River
  2. The Weber River is considered safe for floating when the river levels are between 200 and 600 cfs or cubic feet per second. This is the USGS (United States Geological Survey) site we use for checking the river levels. It shows you not only the current river levels but also the average river level over the past 28 years. The graph below comes from the USGS site for 2017.
  3. The 2016-2017 winter season got a lot of water. This spring there has been a lot of water going down the rivers. Today, at the end of May 2017, the river is running at about 500 cfs which puts it, even early in this year, in the safe range for floating. This will likely be the highest we see the rivers this year.
  4. When the river is closer to 200 cfs that means there will be more big rocks you need to maneuver around – we highly recommend renting paddles from us. The water will be moving a little slower and you will need to plan to be on the river a full 2 hours. When the river is closer to 600 cfs there will be less big rocks to maneuver around and your trip down the river is likely to be a little bit faster, perhaps an hour and a half instead of 2 hours.

Graph shows how fast the river is running compared to average

What is a PFD?

A PFD is a Person Flotation Device or Life Jacket. Everyone on the river is required to wear a PFD. The DWR (Division of Wildlife Resources) does patrol the river and you will be given a ticket if you are not wearing a PFD. Even if you know how to swim. Everyone wears a life jacket when you come float the river with us and we highly recommend wearing one any time you are on the water. Our shuttle drivers are trained to check every life jacket to make sure it is worn correctly. Everyone’s PFD is checked before they are allowed to get on the water. The jacket will feel tight if it is on right. It will not be able to slip off over your head when pulled by the shoulders.
Our life jackets are all Coast Guard Approved. We have a variety of sizes:

Our blue life jackets are what most adults use when they float the river with us.


We have youth life jackets for anyone who weighs between 50 and 90 lbs. Our age limit on the river is 12. If you are booking a youth group charter and will need a lot of these jackets please let us know in advance how many you will need.


We also have a limited number of XL life jackets for anyone over 250 lbs.

For more information about PFD’s check out these links