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Arizona Whitewater

Raft Kayak Canoe


Arizona Whitewater

Raft | Kayak | Canoe


Arizona is a whitewater enthusiast's dream, with a variety of rivers offering thrilling adventures for all skill levels. One of the most popular destinations is the Salt River, known for its challenging rapids and stunning desert scenery. The Upper Salt River, with class III-IV rapids, is a favorite among experienced paddlers, while the Lower Salt River offers a more mellow experience suitable for beginners. Recommended streamflow levels for the Salt River are around 1,000-2,000 cfs for optimal conditions.

Another must-visit spot is the Verde River, known for its diverse wildlife and lush riparian corridors. The Verde offers a range of experiences, from gentle float trips to more challenging class III rapids. The best time to paddle the Verde is during the spring months when water levels are higher. Safety tips for Arizona whitewater adventures include always wearing a helmet and life jacket, checking water levels before heading out, and being aware of potential hazards such as strainers and undercut rocks. With its beautiful scenery and thrilling rapids, Arizona is a top destination for whitewater and kayaking enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable adventure.

Location Streamflow (cfs) Difficulty (class)
The Border Of Np Land And Navajo & Hopi Tribal Lands. To Confluence With The Colorado River
214 III-IV
Park Boundary To Confluence With The Colorado River
16 III-IV
Begins Just Over 1 Mile Beyond Where The Nankoweap Trails Leaves The Creek And Heads Off To The North. To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 NONE
Eastern Edge Of Kwagunt Valley (Past The Butte Fault) To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III
Begins 2.3 Miles Upstream From Confluence With Colorado River To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 III-IV
Begins 1 Mile Below The Redwall In Both Of The Main Arms To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 III-IV
Hermit Spring (Dripping Spring) To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 III-IV
Begins 1.5 Miles Upstream From Confluence With Topaz Canyon Creek To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 IV-III
Begins 0.5 Miles Upstream From The Confluence With The Colorado River To Confluence With The Colorado River
4 III
Eastern Boundary Of Park (Original Park Boundary) To Western Boundary Of Park (Original Park Boundary)
0 III-IV
The Base Of The Redwall To Confluence With The Colorado River
76 II-IV
Headwaters To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 III-IV
The Redwall To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 III-V
Begins 1 Mile Upstream From Confluence With Dragon Creek To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III-IV
Cheyava Falls To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III-IV
Lee's Ferry To Confluence With Nankoweap Creek
408 III-IV
Western Boundary Of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area To Confluence With Willow Creek
11600 III-V
Tapeats Spring To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 III-IV
Thunder Spring To Confluence With Tapeats Creek
3 III-IV
Deer Spring To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 III-IV
Confluence With Kanab Creek To Spencer Canyon
3 NONE
Begins 1.5 Miles Upstream From Confluence With The Colorado River To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 NONE
Greenland Spring (Elev. 8000') To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III-IV
Headwaters To Confluence With Bright Angel Creek
408 III-V
Headwaters At South Canyon Spring To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III-V
Begins Just Downstream From South Canyon Creek Confluence To Ends 0.25 Miles Downstream From Beginning
408 III
Begins 2 Miles Upstream From Confluence With The Colorado River To Confluence With The Colorado River
68 III-IV
Southern Boundary Of Grand Canyon National Park To Confluence With The Colorado River
68 III-V
The Base Of The Redwall To Confluence With Bright Angel Creek
408 III-IV
Confluence With White Creek To Confluence With The Colorado River
76 III-IV
Confluence With Nankoweap Creek To Red Canyon And The Beginning Of Upper Granite Gorge
408 III-IV
First Major North Arm Of Lava Creek At The Base Of Chiavria Point To Confluence With The Colorado River
408 III
Red Canyon To Confluence With Kanab Creek
10400 II-III
Headwaters Of The Northern Most Upper Drainage To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 III-IV
Begins 0.5 Miles Upstream From The Confluence With The Colorado River C To Confluence With The Colorado River
76 III-IV
The Headwaters Of The West Arm To Confluence With The Colorado River
10400 III-IV
Southern Border Of The Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation To Confluence With The Colorado River
3 III-IV
1/4 Mile South Of Forest Road 736 To Coronado National Forest Boundary
0 NONE
Canyon Creek Springs To Fort Apache Indian Reservation Boundary
8 III-III
Crossing Of Forest Road 96 To Coconino National Forest Boundary
0 III-IV
Kaibab Nf/Blm Boundary Line To Kaibab Nf/Grand Canyon Np Boundary Line
3 NONE
Kp Trailhead To Private Land Boundary In Scetion 11, T2n,R30e,Gila And Salt River Meridian
375 III-III
Below The Dam At Knoll Lake To Confluence With East Clear Creek
0 III-IV
Headwaters To Confluence With Blue River
98 II-III
Forest Road 329 To Billy Lawrence Creek
8 III-IV
Billy Lawrence Creek To North Property Boundary Of Ellison Ranch
8 II-III
Headwaters To Coronado National Forest Boundary
0 III
Confluence With Turkey Creek To Forest Road 60 Just Above Tin Hat Ranch
0 II-IV
Headwaters In Sec 14, T13n, R9e To Clear Creek Wilderness Boundary
0 III-IV
0.1 Miles Above Fish Barrier To Confluence With Black River
137 III-IV
Headwaters In Mount Baldy Wilderness To Wilderness Boundary
1 IV-III
West Fork Little Colorado River
1 II-III
Clear Creek Wilderness Boundary To Dispersed Camping Area At Clear Creek Campground
14 III-V
0.1 Miles Below Lower Fish Barrier To 1/2 Mile Above West Fork Dispersed Campground
1 NONE
Forest Boundary To 0.15 Miles Below Forest Road 116
1 III
Headwaters In Sec 14, T19n, R5e To Confluence With Oak Creek
28 III-IV
Confluence Of East/West Forks To 1/4 Mile Above Wildcat Crssing Bridge
137 NONE
1/4 Mile Above Wildcat Crossing Bridge To 1/4 Mile Below Wildcat Crossing Bridge
137 NONE
Headwaters Within Wilderness To Wilderness Boundary
0 III-IV
Wilderness Boundary To Coronado National Forest Boundary
12 III/IV
Marshall Gulch Recreation Area To Wilderness Boundary
12 II-IV
1/4 Mile Downstream Of Wildcat Crossing Bridge To Nf Boundary
375 NONE
1/2 Mile Below Forest Road 475 To 0.76 Miles Above Confluence With San Francisco River
98 NONE
Confluence With Bear Creek To 1/4 Mile Above Blue Creek Trailhead
98 NONE
1/4 Mile Above Blue Creek Trailhead To 1/2 Mile Below Forest Road 475
98 NONE
Arnett Creek Forest Road #4 To Middle Of Sec 7,T2s, R12e
2 III
Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery To Private Land In Sec 5, T17n,R6e
28 III-V
Rock Springs To Confluence With Cottonwood Wash
0 III-IV
Headwaters To 1/4 Mile Below Forest Road 587
375 NONE
Below Flow Structure In Sec 16, T12n,R11e To Confluence With Clear Creek
0 III
Headwaters To Confluence With Turkey Creek
98 III-IV
Confluence With Turkey Creek To Confluence With Blue River
98 III-V
Boundary Of The Primary Jurisdiction Below Stewart Mountain Dam To Salt River Indian Reservation Boundary
1130 III-IV
Salt River Indian Reservation Boundary To Immediately Above Granite Reef Dam Impoundment
115 III-IV
Headwaters To 1/4 Mile South Of Forest Road 736
12 NONE
Pinto Creek
0 III-IV
1/4 Mile Below Forest Road 587 To Sawmill Cabin
375 NONE
Sawmill Cabin To Confluence With Eagle River
375 III-IV
Confluence Of The North And South Forks Bear Wallow Creek To 0.1 Mile Above Fish Barrier
375 II-III
0.1 Mile Above Fish Barrier To Forest Boundary
375 III-IV
Confluence With Boneyard Creek To Confluence With Coyote Creek
1 IV-V
Confluence With Coyote Creek To 1/4 Mile Above Diamond Rock Campground
1 NONE
Headwaters In Mount Baldy Wilderness To 0.1 Miles Above Upper Fish Barrier
1 III-V
Approximately 9 Miles Below The Headwaters At The West Boundary Of East Verde Park Estates To West Boundary Of L.F. Ranch
0 III
West Boundary Of L.F. Ranch To Verde Wild And Scenic River
32 II-IV
Forest Road 24 To 0.1 Miles Above Fish Barrier
375 III-IV
State Highway 261 To 1/2 Mile Above Crosby Crossing
1 NONE
1/2 Mile Below Crosby Crossing To Confluence With Boneyard Creek
1 NONE
1/2 Mile Above Crosby Crossing To 1/2 Mile Below Crosby Crossing
1 NONE
Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Boundary To Private Land In Sec 32, T15n, R6e
7 III
1/4 Mile Below Wiggins Crossing To Confluence With Clear Creek
0 NONE
Red Creek To Southern Border Of Mazatzal Wilderness
172 III-IV+
Southern Border Of Mazatzal Wilderness To Sheep Creek Bridge
172 NONE
Forest Road 486 To Hellsgate Wilderness Boundary
52 III-IV
Confluence With Cocomunga Creek To Confluence With Gun Creek
52 III-IV
Headwaters To Western Private Land Boundary In Section 4, T02s, R30e, Gila And Salt Meridian
98 III-V
Eastern Private Land Boundary In Section 4, T02s, R30e, Gila And Salt Meridian To Confluence With Pigeon Creek
98 NONE
Xx To Confluence With East Eagle Creek
375 III-IV
Hellsgate Wilderness Boundary To Confluence With Tonto Creek
52 III-V
1 Mile Below Az Highway 78 To 1/4 Mile Above The Powerlines
54 NONE
Headwaters To Confluence With West Fork Black River
1 III-IV
1/4 Mile Below Forest Road 504 Crossing To Forest Boundary In Section 1, T14n, R15e, Gila And Salt River Meridian
8 NONE
One Mile Below Woods Canyon Lake Dam (Woods Canyon) To Confluence With Chevelon Canyon
0 III-IV
Confluence Of Woods Canyon And Chevelon Creek To South End Of Chevelon Lake
8 II-III
Prescott National Forest Boundary To North Edge Of Private Land In Sec 33, T17n, R3e, Near Clarkdale
78 III-IV
Parsons Spring To Confluence Of The Verde River
60 III-V
Cower Cave Creek Wilderness Boundary To Coronado National Forest Boundary (Near Portal)
0 III-V
Cima Creek Headwaters To Wilderness Boundary
0 III-IV
Ruby Road (Forest Road 39) To Us/Mexico Border
9 NONE
1/4 Mile Below Chevelon Lake Dam To 0.1 Miles Above Diversion At Durfee Crossing
8 NONE
0.1 Miles Above Diversion At Durfee Crossing To 1/4 Mile Below Forest Road 504 Crossing
8 NONE
Headwaters To Pusch Ridge Wilderness Boundary
12 III-IV
West Boundary Of Fort Apache Indian Reservation To Southwest Boundary Of Salt River Canyon Wilderness
1940 III-IV
Southwest Boundary Of Salt River Canyon Wilderness To State Highway 288 Bridge
1940 III-IV
Northeast Boundary Of Salt River Canyon Wildernes To West Boundary Of Fort Apache Indian Reservation
22 III-IV
West Boundary Of San Carlos Indian Reservation To Northeast Boundary Of Salt River Canyon Wilderness
1600 IV
South Fork Little Colorado River
1 III-IV
Telegraph Creek Forest Road #4 To Confluence With Arnett Creek
2 III-IV
Pusch Ridge Wilderness Boundary To Confluence With Cañada Del Oro
12 III-IV
Workman Falls To Salome Wilderness Boundary
0 III-IV
Northern Boundary Of Hellsgate Wilderness To Southern Boundary Of Hellsgate Wilderness
0 III-V
Headwaters To Wilderness Boundary
0 III-IV
Wilderness Boundary To Confluence With Cave Creek
0 III-IV
Headwaters In Sec 16, T15n, R8e To Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Boundary
7 III-IV
Headwaters To 1/4 Mile Above Az Highway 78
372 NONE
1/4 Mile Below Az Highway 78 To 1 Mile Below Az Highway 78
54 NONE
Salome Wilderness Boundary To Confluence With Salome Creek
0 III-IV
Virgin River
484 III-IV
Aravaipa Creek
14 III-IV
Bill Williams River
22 II-III
Gila River (Gila Box)
1 III-IV
Lousy Canyon
3 NONE
Santa Maria River
2 NONE
Little Ash Creek
3 IV
Agua Fria River
3 II-III
Cienega Creek
1 III
Big Sandy River
10 III-IV
Larry Creek
2 III
Burro Creek
5 III-IV
Bishop Creek
3 III
Ash Creek
3 NONE
Lousy Canyon Tributary
3 IV-V
Paria River
16 II-III
San Pedro River
0 II-III
Lower San Francisco River
204 III-IV
Silver Creek
3 SILVER-III
Tank Creek
3 III+
Sycamore Creek
3 III-IV
Gila River (Middle)
437 III
Indian Creek
3 IV-V
Bonita Creek
204 II-III
Babocomari River
0 II-III

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