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+||01h46m||24.4 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 1/2mi 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.