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.
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.
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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