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Difficulty II-IV
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 30000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 35.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:40 am

Rapid Descriptions


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Richard Olm
4 months ago

My friend and I ran the river with an inflatable and hard shell kayak between Beasley Flats and Childs in late March 2020 at 3000- 4000 cfs. Diverging river channels at many sections throughout the run make it difficult to determine the main channel without significant scouting. Choosing the wrong channel leads to a fast ride through brush and trees or worse. Mean looking keeper across most of the Verde Falls with a large boulder in the middle of the river below the falls, completely covered with water and with a hole below. Lined both of our kayaks around Verde Falls. Assisted two rafters in extracting their raft from brush after they flipped at the falls. Chased down a kayak which got away from another boater who flipped at the pre-falls. On the other hand, observed a paddler in an inflatable kayak run the falls on the extreme river left. The high flows create many rapids which are not discussed in the USFS Verde River Guide. In summary, at high flows and given the remote location, take your time, scout the rapids and be prepared for sweepers and trees in the channels. Richard Olm

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Tom Welander
6 years ago

On Tonto National Forest's website, find "Verde River Guide" ...a 25-page packet of maps and rapid descriptions.

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Nick Borelli
8 years ago

Wilderness run is fun, scenic but not clean. Must make eddies and careful route picking skills required in at least 4 spots in the 60 miles. A mistake could mean wrap, pin, loss of boat or worse. Be careful. Not a run for occasional class 3 boaters, especially given the remoteness.

Gage Descriptions

The Verde runs low and steady throughout the winter, then crests with spring snowmelt usually in April. Boatable flows also occur sporadically during the July-September "Monsoon" rains.

Directions Description

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Kestrel Kunz

In the ongoing saga of hydro dam developments proposed within striking distance of Grand Canyon National Park, American Whitewater is asking for help from the paddling community to stop a development that would impact the greater Grand Canyon area and its tributaries. Back in October 2019, we wrote an article outlining the proposal submitted by Phoenix-based hydroelectric company Pumped Hydro LLC to place two dams on the Little Colorado River, a tributary of the Colorado River’s mighty Grand Canyon. This proposal was met with a large amount of pushback for the cultural impact on indigenous tribes, ecological impacts, and water use. To address these concerns, Pumped Hydro decided to file an alternative (yet equally problematic) proposal for a hydro development on Big Canyon, a tributary of the Little Colorado River. The Big Canyon project permit application has been accepted into the Federal Energy Regulation Commission’s (FERC) registrar, initiating a public comment period on the project ending August 1 and we need members of the paddling community to step up and make their voices heard!

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Tonto National Forest Draft Plan Open for Public Comment (AZ)

Kestrel Kunz

The Tonto National Forest is revising their forest-wide Management Plan for the first time since 1985. On December 13, 2019 they officially released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) for a 90-day comment period ending on March 12, 2020. Forest Plans are vitally important as they are the blueprint for resource management and they provide an opportunity to secure better protections for rivers and their surrounding landscapes. As part of the plan revision process, the Forest Service is required to rely on public input to inform management direction, plan components, and new designated areas. Read on to hear about the public meetings that are happening this week!


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1189924 05/10/05 n/a n/a
1205857 02/08/16 Dannie Keil
1208066 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz