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The runs listed in the following sections match the order in the Dreamflows daily report. Please select from the following:
General Information
Arizona Rivers
List of Composite Maps
Arizona Links

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Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.
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General Information

The following lists the various Arizona flow sites reported by Dreamflows, and some whitewater runs associated with those sites.  This list isn't by any means exhaustive, but should provide a useful cross-listing.  Sites reported by Dreamflows appear against the left-hand margin in bold, while associated runs appear indented underneath.  Where available, gauge location and other pertinent information appear beneath the site name.  The terms "above" and "below" mean "upstream from" and "downstream from", respectively, and distances are in river miles.

In general, the flow on any given run will differ to some extent from the reported flow for its gauge.  For example, the flow on the Chamberlain Falls run of the North Fork American is lower than the inflow at Clementine, since the run starts many miles upstream from Clementine (side creeks make up the difference).  For runs marked the difference is likely to be radical.  Please consult a good white-water guidebook for information on how to estimate the actual flow on any given run.

Click on the icon, when present, for run-specific put-in, take-out and/or rapid location information.  Click on the icon, when present, for a composite view showing gauges and runs in the same drainage or general area.  The terms "run" and "reach" are used interchangeably; both mean a specific section of some river or stream that is typically paddled during a single trip.  Of course you're not necessarily limited to these access points and may choose others, though be sure to consider the legal and logistical aspects first.  Also, be aware that access points may not be accurately measured or displayed, and in any case can change over time, so please don't take the published access points too literally.  In particular, many access points are shown as the middle of a bridge; this doesn't mean you should seal launch off, but rather scout around for the best river-side access.

Information on the runs listed below was taken from one (or more) of the following sources:

TagTitle and Author
AWAAmerican Whitewater.
BlueRiverExpBlue River Expeditions.
Creekin'California Creeks (an online guide) - Bill Tuthill.
IntoTheOutsideInto The Outside (blog).
OregonKayakingOregon Kayaking - Jason Rackley.
PaddlingAZPaddling Arizona - Tyler Williams.
SWPaddlerSouthwest Paddler.
WWGuidebookWhitewater Guidebook.
WWWWestern Whitewater - Cassady, Cross and Calhoun.

Almost all of the runs below have some basic information about the run: the length, the class, and a tag indicating which guidebook the information was taken from (see the above table for a list of tags).  The page numbers (where given) are for the specified edition of the guide. The class ratings listed here never include all the nuances in the guidebook.  Note very carefully that the information supplied here is intended only as an aid to selecting runs which might appeal to you.  Different authors rate runs differently, some runs have significant rapids and hazards not covered by the ratings given here, and ratings change with flow.  Also, only a fraction of the information in the guidebooks is presented here.  PLEASE CONSULT AN APPLICABLE GUIDEBOOK before selecting a run to paddle.

Note also that the class rating will sometimes have a qualifier appended in parentheses.  If the rating (for example) were given as III to IV, then this means the run is generally considered Class III to IV at normal flows.  If the rating were III to IV (V) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained class V rapid(s).  If the rating were III to IV (P) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained portage(s).  Note: for various reasons (e.g. qualifier omissions in guidebooks, or the river's changed), some entries that should have a qualifier might not show one.  So, if you don't see a qualifier for a given run, then don't assume that one doesn't apply.

Many of the runs listed below have links to web pages that describe the run and associated logistics.  Many also provide interesting photos.  Note: these are third-party web sites, though, and as such Dreamflows cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided; nor are the opinions expressed necessarily shared by Dreamflows.  Note also that for many runs, the logistical information is taken from a hardcopy book, plus there are one or more links to online pages as well.  This offers the reader more sources of run information.

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Arizona Rivers

Colorado - Near Lees Ferry
Gauge located at Lees Ferry, 0.5 miles above Paria River.  Gauge elevation 3106 feet.
  Tapeats Creek - Top of the Gorge to Colorado River (0.6 miles, IV, BlueRiverExp)        BlueRiverExp
  Colorado River - Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry (15.6 miles, I, SWPaddler)        SWPaddler
  Colorado River - Grand Canyon (225 miles, IV+, WWW p255)        AWA  BlueRiverExp  IntoTheOutside  OregonKayaking  SWPaddler  WWGuidebook  Buy the Guidebook

Little Colorado - Near Cameron
Gauge located 12 miles below Cameron, 10 miles above Hellhole Bend.  Gauge elevation 3979 feet.
  Little Colorado River - Cameron to Colorado River (56.0 miles, IV to V, PaddlingAZ p136)        AWA  SWPaddler

Colorado - Above Diamond Creek
Gauge located 0.75 miles above Diamond Creek  Gauge elevation 1340 feet.
  Colorado River - Grand Canyon (225 miles, IV+, WWW p255)        AWA  BlueRiverExp  IntoTheOutside  OregonKayaking  SWPaddler  WWGuidebook  Buy the Guidebook

Virgin - Near St. George
Gauge located 10 miles below I-15 bridge near St George, 2.1 miles above Utah-Arizona state line.  Gauge elevation 2400 feet.
  Virgin River - I-15 at Mile 23 to Cedar Pockets Rest Area (Upper Gorge) (III, 6.6 miles, AWA)        AWA  SWPaddler
  Virgin River - Cedar Pockets Rest Area to Littlefield (Lower Gorge) (IV, 7.8 miles, AWA)        AWA  SWPaddler

Lower Colorado - Below Hoover Dam
Gauge located 0.8 miles below Hoover Dam.  Gauge elevation 675 feet.
  Lower Colorado River - Black Canyon (12 miles, I+, WWW p545)        AWA  SWPaddler  Buy the Guidebook

Gila - Near Redrock
Gauge located 5.6 miles above Redrock Canyon, 6 miles above Redrock town.  Gauge elevation 4090 feet.
  Gila River - Forest Road 809 to Redrock (Middle Box) (18 miles, III, WWW p301)        SWPaddler
  Gila River - Redrock to Virden (Lower Box) (20 miles, I+, WWW p301)        SWPaddler
  Gila River - Virden to Solomon (75 miles, I to III, SWPaddler)        SWPaddler

San Francisco - At Clifton
Computed flow site located at the Highway 191 bridge at Clifton.  Gauge elevation 3436 feet.
  San Francisco River - Hot Springs to Clifton (53 miles, III-, WWW p309)        OnlineGuide
  San Francisco River - Clifton to Bonita Creek (25 miles, II, WWW p309)      

Salt - At Salt River Canyon
Gauge located in Salt River Canyon, 0.2 miles upstream of Hwy 60 bridge.  Gauge elevation 3355 feet.
  Salt River - Upper Salt (Salt River Canyon to Hwy 288) (52 miles, IV, WWW p312)        AWA  Creekin'  SWPaddler

Salt - Above Roosevelt Lake
Gauge located at Hwy 288 bridge.  Gauge elevation 2177 feet.
  Salt River - Upper Salt (Salt River Canyon to Hwy 288) (52 miles, IV, WWW p312)        AWA  Creekin'  SWPaddler

Tonto Creek - Above Gun Creek
Gauge located 1000 feet below Gold Creek, 800 feet above Gun Creek.  Gauge elevation 2523 feet.
  Tonto Creek - Bear Flat to Gisela (Hellsgate) (26.2 miles, IV to V, PaddlingAZ p198)        SWPaddler
  Tonto Creek - Rye Creek to Gun Creek (Lower Gorge) (5.4 miles, III, PaddlingAZ p202)        AWA  SWPaddler

Verde - Near Paulden
Gauge located above Perkinsville, near Bald Hill, 0.5 miles above FR 635 bridge.  Gauge elevation 4117 feet.
  Verde River - Sullivan Lake to Perkinsville (24.6 miles, I to II, SWPaddler)        SWPaddler

Verde - Near Clarkdale
Gauge located below Perkinsville, 1.7 miles below Sycamore Creek.  Gauge elevation 3500 feet.
  Verde River - Perkinsville to Beasley Flat (61.8 miles, I to II, SWPaddler)        SWPaddler

Oak Creek - Near Sedona
Gauge located right below the Highway 179 road bridge over Oak Creek.  Gauge elevation 4169 feet.
  Oak Creek - Indian Gardens to Sedona (4.7 miles, IV (logs), PaddlingAZ p142)        AWA
  Oak Creek - Sedona to Verde Valley School Road (4.8 miles, III (logs), PaddlingAZ p148)        AWA

Verde - Near Camp Verde
Gauge located 3.5 miles downstream from Beasley Flat.  Gauge elevation 2874 feet.
  Verde River - Beasley Flat to Horseshoe Reservoir (58 miles, I+ to III, WWW p318)        AWA  Creekin'  SWPaddler  SWPaddler

Fossil Creek - Near Strawberry
Gauge located at the Fossil Creek Bridge Day Use Area.  Gauge elevation 3600 feet.
  Fossil Creek - Fossil Springs to Fossil Creek Waterfall (Upper) (II to III (V), 2.9 miles, AWA)        AWA
  Fossil Creek - Fossil Creek Waterfall to Fossil Creek Bridge Day Use Area (Classic) (III+(IV), 2.6 miles, AWA)        AWA

East Verde - Near Childs
Gauge located 2 miles above the Verde River confluence.  Gauge elevation 2500 feet.
  East Verde River - Highway 87 to Doll Baby Ranch (18.8 miles, IV (V), PaddlingAZ p188)        SWPaddler
  East Verde River - Doll Baby Ranch to Sheep Bridge or Horseshoe Reservoir (Wilderness Run) (40 or 45 miles, IV, PaddlingAZ p192)        SWPaddler

Verde - Above Horseshoe Reservoir
Gauge located 0.6 miles below Sheep Bridge, 0.8 miles below Sycamore Creek, 1.3 miles above Horseshoe Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 2029 feet.
  Verde River - Beasley Flat to Horseshoe Reservoir (58 miles, I+ to III, WWW p318)        AWA  Creekin'  SWPaddler  SWPaddler

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List of Composite Maps

River/StreamComposite Map
Colorado RiverColorado River - Grand Canyon, Black Canyon
Gila RiverGila River
Salt RiverSalt River
San Francisco RiverSan Francisco River
Tonto CreekTonto Creek
Verde RiverVerde River
Virgin RiverVirgin River

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Arizona Links

USGS - Arizona Real-Time Flow Index