Verde - 06. Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir

Verde, Arizona, US


06. Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir (Wilderness Run)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 43 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm

No Nudity on the Verde River at Fossil Creek

No Nudity on the Verde River at Fossil Creek
Photo by Jason Robertson taken 1998

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09508500 0 - 1000 cfs I-III 01h40m 360 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

This is one of the most remote places you can paddle in the State, and takes on average 3-5 days to complete, depending on flows and your group's pace. While most of the run is read and run class II/III, there are spots where scouting is advisable (when in doubt, SCOUT!). There is no access apart from an abandoned ATV trail at Red Creek, and the takeout at Sheep's Bridge or Horseshoe is still very remote. Between the fun rapids, flora, and fauna, this trip is a classic AZ multi-day trip. Camping opportunities are plentiful, and LNT principles should be followed. A groover and firepan are required by USFS. There are two takeouts for this run. The first is at Sheep's Bridge, or downstream several miles to Horseshoe Bend lake. Depending on the lake's fill level, you may end up adding several miles of flatwater to your trip.

For more information, refer to the Verde River Guide- Forest Service (USDA) PDF, or the guidebook "Paddling Arizona" by Tyler Williams.

Also see the other segments:
Perkinsville to Clarkdale
Clarkdale to Camp Verde
Camp Verde to Beasley Flats
Beasely Flats to Childs
Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir
Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River
Virgin River Gorge

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-02-05 05:43:44


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0River-wide strainerN/AHazard

Rapid Descriptions

River-wide strainer (Class N/A)

In January 2018, AW received a report of a river-wide strainer at this location. Paddlers need to be aware as they approach the blind corner, of the potential hazard.

User Comments

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January 30 2018 (202 days ago)
Nathan FeyDetails
AW has received a report of a dangerous river-wide strainer along a blind corner that is likely to
be problematic as the water comes up. It is located at 34.095181, -111.707295.
March 22 2009 (3437 days ago)
x (1)
This stretch can easily be class III+ in places: lots of strainers and VERY remote.

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