Verde, Arizona, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||18 fpm|
|VERDE RVR BLW TANGLE CREEK, ABV HORSESHOE DAM, AZ|
|usgs-09508500||0 - 1000 cfs||I-III||00h47m||229 cfs (running)|
|Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.|
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
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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.
AW launches Important Flow Studies on Arizona streams.
April 7, 2014