Arizona Whitewater

Whitewater Report


Class III River Run

The Gila River (Middle) in Arizona is a popular whitewater river run for experienced kayakers and rafters. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 500 and 1,000 cfs, which occurs during the spring runoff season from March to May. The river is rated as Class III to IV, with numerous rapids and obstacles throughout the 24-mile segment. Some of the most notable rapids include the Three Way, the Box Drop, and the Corkscrew.

There are specific regulations for the Gila River (Middle) that visitors must follow. Permits are required for all river trips, and are distributed through the Bureau of Land Management. Visitors must also pack out all trash and human waste, and are prohibited from camping within 200 feet of the river. In addition, motorized watercraft are not allowed on the Gila River (Middle).

Overall, the Gila River (Middle) offers a challenging and exciting whitewater experience for those with the skills and experience to navigate its rapids and obstacles. It is important to follow all regulations and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 645 cfs (7.98 ft)
Percent of Normal 186%
Reporting Streamgauge GILA RIVER AT KELVIN, AZ.
Elevation 1,756 ft.
River Gila-River
Watershed Middle Gila

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pinal 14 7,544 ft
Gila County RV Park 15 3,513 ft
Pioneer Pass 20 5,835 ft