Havasu is an odd little side tributary of the Colorado. This creek is famous for the waterfalls up near the top of the run. As with Tapeats Creek, you need a Grand Canyon permit to run Havasu Creek with simple logistics.
There are two options for the run but only one is really a viable option for most boaters. The average boater just carries up the canyon from the Colorado and huffs it with their boat as far upstream as they wish. Really lucky boaters might be able to put in upstream at the resort and boat down. You need permission from the Havasupai Tribe to put in upstream of the pool below Beaver Falls (the park boundary).
The creek has some of the most beautiful azure water and travertine waterfalls in world. The rapids are serious bone crunching drops or easy class I+ shoals.
Havasu is the steepest stuff in the Grand Canyon area.
NOTE: Havasu Creek is a sacred river for the Havasupai Tribe. If you wish to paddle the blue-green water with their good will, reach out to the Havasupai Tourism office. While not technically illegal to paddle within the park boundary, remember to paddle and comport yourselves with respect for tribal land that was historically owned by the tribe for thousands of years and has only recently come under National Parks ownership. Any media posted from the creek would do well to bear this place of indigenous significance in mind, or better yet, record no media at all!
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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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