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


Oak Creek, Arizona, US

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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
OAK CREEK NEAR SEDONA, AZ
usgs-09504420 300 - 700 cfs II-III+ 01h27m 28.6 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

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Oak Creek in Sedona-Oak Creek

Detail Trip Report  Oak Creek in Sedona-Oak Creek  Oak Creek, AZ(229.35KB .jpeg)

Beautiful Oak Creek ner downtown Sedona

Detail Trip Report  Beautiful Oak Creek ner downtown Sedona  Oak Creek, AZ(30.29KB .jpeg)

Oak Creek at flood

Detail Trip Report  Oak Creek at flood  Oak Creek, AZ(12.84KB .jpeg)

2004 oak Creek flood

Detail Trip Report  2004 oak Creek flood  Oak Creek, AZ(142.23KB .jpeg)

2004 flood at Red Rock crossing

Detail Trip Report  2004 flood at Red Rock crossing  Oak Creek, AZ(115.71KB .jpeg)

near wall rapid

Detail Trip Report  near wall rapid  @Oak Creek Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River, AZ(2.18MB .jpeg)

Oak Creek Arizona

Detail Trip Report  Oak Creek Arizona  @Oak Creek Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River, AZ(187.50KB .jpeg)

oak creek at park

Detail Trip Report  oak creek at park  @Oak Creek Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River, AZ(39.99KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
OAK CREEK NEAR SEDONA, AZ
usgs-09504420 300 - 700 cfs II-III+ 01h27m 28.6 cfs (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 - 299 cfs extremely Low-somewhat Low II-III+
300 - 700 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II-III+ Average flows from local guidebooks/ local boaters
701 -3000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II-III+

Report - Reports of Oak Creek 03. Lower Oak Creek/ Red Rock Crossing and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Oak Creek [AZ] 2004 flood at Red Rock crossing n/a boof or die
6y234d22h16m /Oak Creek-Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River [AZ] oak creek at park n/a matt looze
8y99d00h13m @Oak Creek Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River [AZ] near wall rapid a good level Craig Irwin
8y105d19h42m @Oak Creek Pump Sta. above Sedona 27 mi. to Cornville, 8 mi. to Verde River [AZ] Oak Creek Arizona a good level Craig Irwin

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 25 2010 (3011 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 (3017 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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