Oak Creek, Arizona, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||48 fpm|
|OAK CREEK NEAR SEDONA, AZ|
|usgs-09504420||300 - 700 cfs||II-III+||00h57m||26.8 cfs (too low)|
This is a scenic run and a good introduction to the Oak Creek Canyon.
In this run, there are typically two main rapids, one of which is 1/2 mile in from the put-in. Oak Creek hosts strong potential for strainers and log jams.
This run also has plenty of surf potential along the sandstone chutes.
Take out about 5 miles downstream on river left, using Verde Valley School Rd parking. From the 79 turn West on Verde Valley School Rd and drive 5 miles to the end of the road. There is a short walk down to the creek. There is also another option to takeout one mile south in Red Rock State Park, on river right.
For additional information, refer to "Paddling Arizona" by Tyler Williams.