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

near wall rapid

near wall rapid
Photo taken 03/17/10 @ a good level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09504420 300 - 700 cfs II-III+ 00h57m 26.8 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 1/2 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.

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Last Updated: 2018-10-14 00:58:29


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User Comments

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March 25 2010 (3158 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 (3164 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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