Causey Reservoir

Causey Reservoir[1] is a reservoir located 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Ogden, Utah, United States just off Utah State Route 39.

Causey Reservoir
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LocationWeber County, Utah
Coordinates41°17′54″N 111°35′14″W / 41.29833°N 111.58722°W / 41.29833; -111.58722Coordinates: 41°17′54″N 111°35′14″W / 41.29833°N 111.58722°W / 41.29833; -111.58722
Typereservoir
Primary inflowsSouth Fork of the Ogden River
Primary outflowsSouth Fork of the Ogden River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area142 acres (57 ha)
Average depth65 ft (20 m)
Max. depth182 ft (55 m)
Surface elevation5,700 ft (1,700 m)
DamCausey Dam

GeographyEdit

 
Causey Dam

Causey is a 142-acre (0.57 km2) surface area reservoir on the South Fork of the Ogden River. It is a feature of the Weber Basin Project, and lies at an elevation of about 5,700 feet (1,700 m). The reservoir has a maximum depth of 182 feet (55 m) and a mean depth of 65 feet (20 m).[2]

Causey is located in steep, forested, valley terrain, and extends into three canyons.

The reservoir is operated by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.

HistoryEdit

Causey Dam was constructed between 1962 and 1966 by the Bureau of Reclamation to provide water to the northern Wasatch front area of Utah. It is an earthfill dam.[3]

 
Causey Dam

Drownings and DeathsEdit

On 8/14/2015 a group of individuals were cliff jumping at the reservoir. At one point a person jumped in and didn't surface. The body of the cliff diver was found the next day at approximately 11 a.m.[4]

On September 1, 2007 an 18 year old exchange student drowned while swimming across a narrow part of the reservoir. The body of the teen was found the next day in 121 feet of water.[5]

In August 1989 an airman from Hill Air Force Base drowned while swimming to a popular cliff jumping location.[6]

In July 1988 a 17 year old boy drowned while trying to swim to an area to cliff jump. It took over a year for authorities to recover the body.[7]

ActivitiesEdit

Activities at Causey Reservoir include boating and fishing. There are no dedicated boat-launch facilities, and only wake-less speeds are allowed. Fishing includes Kokanee Salmon and several trout varieties, including rainbow, cutthroat, and brown. Causey is also one of the few places in Utah where spearfishing is allowed. (Note: Always check Utah Fishing regulations because they change from year to year)

Swimming and cliff-jumping are also popular.

Camping and picnic sites are available at nearby Memorial Park, and along the Ogden River.

Camp Kiesel, a Boy Scout camp, is located on the northern arm of the reservoir.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Causey Reservoir
  2. ^ "Water Quality report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  3. ^ Bureau of Reclamation (2011-05-18). "Causey Dam". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  4. ^ Curtis, Larry (August 14, 2015). "Cliff jumper found dead at Causey Reservoir". 2 KUTV. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Body of Drowned Teen Recovered". KSL.com. 2 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Drownings Spur Life-Jacket Mandate at Causey". Deseret News. January 18, 1990. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Drownings Spur Life-Jacket Mandate at Causey". Deseret News. January 18, 1990. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Water Quality report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-06-07.

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