Gila - 2 - Kelvin to Ashurst-Hayden Dam

Gila, Arizona, US


2 - Kelvin to Ashurst-Hayden Dam

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09474000 200 - 20000 cfs I 01h10m 262 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Information from AZ Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands Study, 1989, AZ State Parks

Class: ?
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-04-27 13:42:45


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

2009-03-22 06:42:20 (2515 days ago)
x (1)
Some posters are confused! Both Christmas and Winkelman are far above the (Kelvin) put-in for this
stretch of river.

2009-03-15 08:28:00 (2522 days ago)
x (1)
Traveled from Winkleman to Ashurst Hayden Dam 3.8.09 - 3.12.09. Multiple hazards (complete stream
blockage by downed trees in several places and, worse yet, 7 barb wire fences ... some of which you
can't see until you are right on top of them). Stream flow was in the 410 CFS range - multiple
channels - many small rapids. We canoed ... and had two swampings and several near swampings.
Several areas of strong backflow. My son and I have closed to 400 miles of experience canoeing ...
this was the most challenging and dangerous. NOT FOR THE INEXPERIENCED.

2009-01-08 07:18:49 (2588 days ago)
J. Douglas SprouseDetails
This section is Class I, some of the sections above Winkelman have some class II from about 500 cfs
up until flood stage. Be sure to stop at the Nugget Bar in Winkelman, or if it is payday at the
mine, (every other Friday) the General Kearny Inn, in Kearny is a must. Locals are friendly, be

2008-05-16 09:52:03 (2825 days ago)
x (1)
there is a river wide strainer apprx 100 yards downriver of the christmas mine put in. two kayakers
were pushed into this very large tree at about 800cfs.
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