I ran this in early March of 2010. We used the Paddling Arizona guide info from Tyler Williams, and the gauge on this page. We launched on a consistent flow of about 300cfs from the flooded Black River Rd. The whitewater was easy class III with wood manuevering... not very exciting. The side hikes, wildlife, and camping options were great. We explored a few side streams, two that ended in dead-end slot canyons. We checked out an old homestead, and spotted Big Horns, Blue Herons, Ring Tail Cats, and what I think was a Coati. The best parts of the run were in the first half, and the wood dodging and channel finding through the vegetation became more complex towards the confluence with the AZ Gila Box. If Eagle Creek is running then the Gila Box probably has a healthy flow... we had 950cfs on the way out. Harris Outfitters provided a shuttle service. You will likely want to make this an overnight trip since this is a long run when combined with the Gila Box, and the side hikes are the real appeal of the run.
For more, here is a boat review with some photos. http://cksblog.com/2010/04/pyranha-fusion-review-with-kyle-mccutchen-and-tina-swan/
Gauge is downstream at Morenci. Drainage area at gauge is 622 sq.mi., at 3,673' elevation.
Note: Minimum cited above is merely a guess to provide some color-coding for reach. Actual runnable level may be much higher or lower. Anyone with knowledge of this run is encouraged to provide more accurate information.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!