Arizona Whitewater



Class III-IV River Run

The Lower San Francisco River, located in southeastern Arizona, is a popular destination for whitewater enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this river run is between 500-1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). The Lower San Francisco River is rated as Class III-IV rapids, and the segment mileage is approximately 25 miles, with a total drop in elevation of 1,500 feet.

The river rapids on the Lower San Francisco River include obstacles such as "The Falls," which is a technical drop that requires precise boat maneuvering, and "The Wall," a steep and powerful rapid that requires experienced paddlers. Other notable rapids include "The Slot," "The Squeeze," and "The Zig Zag."

Regulations for the Lower San Francisco River include a permit requirement through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for all commercial and private boaters. Additionally, camping is only allowed in designated areas and fires are prohibited. The BLM also advises visitors to bring a throwable personal flotation device, a first aid kit, and other safety equipment.

Overall, the Lower San Francisco River is a challenging and exciting whitewater run for experienced paddlers. Proper preparation and safety precautions are essential for a successful trip on this river. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 35 cfs (2.22 ft)
Percent of Normal 10%
Reporting Streamgauge GILA RIVER NEAR CLIFTON, AZ.
Elevation 3,354 ft.
River Gila-River
Watershed Upper Gila-Mangas

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lower Juan Miller 4 5,780 ft
Riverview 13 3,132 ft
Hot Well Dunes 10 3,639 ft
Owl Creek 7 3,413 ft
Granville 12 6,745 ft
Upper Juan Miller 4 5,787 ft