Oak Creek - 03. Lower Oak Creek/ Red Rock Crossing

Oak Creek, Arizona, US


03. Lower Oak Creek/ Red Rock Crossing (Sedona to Red Rock Crossing)

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 48 fpm

Oak Creek at flood

Oak Creek at flood

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09504420 300 - 700 cfs II-III+ 01h46m 24.4 cfs (too low)

River Description

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 1/2mi in from the put-in. As with anything Oak Creek, the potential for strainers and log jams is always a possibility, so boat with caution and scout whenever possible. This run also has plenty of surf potential along the sandstone chutes.

The take out is approximately 5mi downstream on river left, using Verde Valley School Rd parking. From the 79 turn west on Verde Valley School Rd and drive 5mi 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 local guide books or "Paddling Arizona" by Tyler Williams.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-31 02:19:17


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 25 2010 (2919 days ago)
canoist (151597)
Ran down to page yesterday 450 cfs. I agree that it is Full of growth. had a hard time with the
length of my canoe getting through everything. I had one mandatory portage. It really is just a
giant tree sieve.
March 19 2010 (2925 days ago)
flagpaddler (151584)
Ran lower sections this week: 3/18/2010: 89B to Page Springs: Boated/hiked first mile and pulled
out after being frustrated by overgrowth. Channel choked with small diameter growth. Scouting
downstream, seemed to open up with better rapids, but still had lots of blind choked channels. May
be more manageable with lower flow. 4.2 on Page Springs gage. ~800 cfs per USGS gage. 3/16/2010:
Page Springs to Cornville: Great Class II, open channel, lots of good surf waves. 3.62 on Page
Springs gage. ~ 550 cfs per USGS

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