Arizona Whitewater



Class III-IV River Run

The Whitewater River run from Headwaters to Pusch Ridge Wilderness Boundary in Arizona is a challenging and exciting whitewater experience. The ideal streamflow range for this section of the river is between 200-500 cfs, providing a thrilling Class III-IV experience for experienced kayakers and rafters. The segment mileage for this run is approximately 8 miles with several notable rapids, including The Jug, S- Turn, and Corkscrew.

The Jug is a Class IV rapid that requires precise maneuvering to navigate through the narrow canyon. S-Turn is another Class IV rapid that features a sharp left-hand turn followed by a steep drop. Corkscrew is a Class III+ rapid with a tight turn and a large rock in the middle of the river that creates a challenging obstacle for boaters.

There are specific regulations to the area, including a permit requirement for overnight camping and a limit of 15 people per group. Additionally, all boaters are required to wear a personal flotation device and carry a whistle. Camping is only permitted in designated sites, and fire restrictions may be in place during certain times of the year.

Overall, the Whitewater River run from Headwaters to Pusch Ridge Wilderness Boundary is an exciting adventure for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. It offers challenging rapids, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for camping and exploration. Boaters should always be aware of the regulations and ideal streamflow range for safety purposes. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-12-06
River Levels 0 cfs (0.04 ft)
Percent of Normal 0%
Reporting Streamgauge SABINO CREEK NEAR TUCSON, AZ.
Elevation 2,723 ft.
Watershed Rillito

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