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Difficulty II+
Length 24 Miles
Gauge BLUE RIVER NEAR CLIFTON, AZ.
Flow Range 150 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 0.65 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/29/2020 9:54 pm

River Description


The Blue River gives boaters access to the largest roadless area in the southwest. The few who boat this say it is a worthwhile experience. You might consider taking out on the San Francisco River.
Access:
Put-in: From Alpine Arizona take US 180 east to Luna Lae then south 23 miles on FR 281 to Blue Crossing and 14 miles to the end of the road where few people have run this river put in.
Takeout: Drive north 21 miles from Morenci on US 666, then east on FR475.

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Gage Descriptions

The Blue runs only when the snowmelt is at peak runnoff and even then it is rarely good flow.

Directions Description


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HELP US STOP HYDRO DEVELOPMENT ON BIG CANYON (AZ)

7/7/2020
Kestrel Kunz

In the ongoing saga of hydro dam developments proposed within striking distance of Grand Canyon National Park, American Whitewater is asking for help from the paddling community to stop a development that would impact the greater Grand Canyon area and its tributaries. Back in October 2019, we wrote an article outlining the proposal submitted by Phoenix-based hydroelectric company Pumped Hydro LLC to place two dams on the Little Colorado River, a tributary of the Colorado River’s mighty Grand Canyon. This proposal was met with a large amount of pushback for the cultural impact on indigenous tribes, ecological impacts, and water use. To address these concerns, Pumped Hydro decided to file an alternative (yet equally problematic) proposal for a hydro development on Big Canyon, a tributary of the Little Colorado River. The Big Canyon project permit application has been accepted into the Federal Energy Regulation Commission’s (FERC) registrar, initiating a public comment period on the project ending August 1 and we need members of the paddling community to step up and make their voices heard!

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Craig Irwin

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Kestrel Kunz

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214564 03/29/20 Craig Irwin updated description
1189906 06/14/05 n/a n/a
1208035 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz