VERDE RIVER @ CLARKDALE

 

PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES
In the spring months during run-off (February-April) the Verde River experiences higher than usual flows and can be potentially dangerous to kayakers and paddle boarders, no matter what the experience level might be.  The flows during the season range from 100 cfs to 15,000 cfs in normal years.   Before launching, boaters are encouraged to stay up to date on current Verde River conditions. The Town of Clarkdale River Ambassadors are generally on duty for any specific questions you may have when at the river access points. 

In addition, the Town of Clarkdale will initiate the following procedures during high flow:

300 + cfs

River Ambassadors will caution boaters/waivers must be signed to continue

Boating Discouraged

500 + cfs

Commercial Outfitters will cease all scheduled trips/launches

Boating Discouraged

1,000 + cfs

Private and Commercial launch areas will be blocked for inaccessibility

No boating access

15,000 + cfs

No public access to the Lower TAPCO park area-Main access gate will be locked

No boating access


BE SAFE, MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS!

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The Verde River @ Clarkdale project is a pivotal part of the Town’s Sustainable Clarkdale vision. Clarkdale’s vision with this project is to protect, preserve and restore the river and its habitat while honoring existing water rights, enhancing the public’s experience and improving the economy of Clarkdale. Since the project’s inception in 2011, the Town of Clarkdale has greatly expanded public river access on the Verde River @ Clarkdale, including site improvements at the 69-acre Tuzigoot River Access Point (located at 15 E. Tuzigoot Road) and the June, 2014 opening of the 110-acre Lower TAPCO River Access point (located at 3400 Sycamore Canyon Road). Visitors to the Verde River @ Clarkdale enjoy kayaking the 3 miles of river between the Lower TAPCO RAP and the Tuzigoot RAP. Other popular activities include fishing, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, photography, swimming/wading, and wildlife watching.

VERDE RIVER @ CLARKDALE OUTIFITTERS
The Town of Clarkdale licenses commercial companies to operate kayak tours on the Verde River @ Clarkdale each year.  The list of currently licensed outfitters is shown below:

For a map of the Verde River @ Clarkdale, click here.

water level SAFETY
BOATING IS NOT RECOMMENDED WHEN WATER LEVELS ARE ABOVE 300 CFS
Check the USGS National Water Information System's Stream Flow Gauge to see the current water levels near Clarkdale: Verde River Near Clarkdale


VERDE RIVER @ CLARKDALE MEMBERSHIP
Skip the vehicle pass envelopes! A VR@C Membership provides a year-long parking pass for the  Lower TAPCO River Access Point. Fill out the following application and email or submit in-person at the Clarkdale Town Hall, 39 N. 9th Street, Clarkdale, AZ.

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