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Old 03-22-2010   #1
 
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Oak Creek, AZ - class III TR

After a fantastic weekend of paddling in Arizona I thought I would share a quick TR for those class III-IV boaters looking for another early season destination.

Upon arrival in Sedona, and after road-scouting Indian Gardens, I felt it to be a little above what I was comfortable with this early in the season. The Flagstaff locals told us the stuff below Sedona was class II+ with multiple river-wide strainers...the WWSR called it class III with good play though...so we had to check it out for ourselves.

Good play, multiple class III drops, lots of wood, but no mandatory portages...see for yourself:

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The flow was 550 at Sedona the first day when we did Sedona to Red Rock Crossing, the second day it was 700 when we did Page Springs to Cornville. I would encourage other strong class III paddlers to consider this area for early season trips in wet El Nino years.
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sorry about the dead links for the video...
let's try this:



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Looks cool...never thought about Arizona...love sedona...what was the water temp...total wuss here...

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Looks cool...never thought about Arizona...love sedona...what was the water temp...total wuss here...

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The water was cold, but not unbearable. I would compare it to boating in Colorado in May, early June. The air was in the upper 60's to lower 70's during the day, 40's at night, and I would guess the water was 45 (?just a guess?)
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Where did you put in and take out and did you have to cross any barbed wire fences. Which run did you like more. The Page Springs to Cornville section looks like it goes through a lot of farm land. Can you run from Red rock to Page Spring?
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My husband and I are going to put in at Red Rock Crossing and take out at Page Springs Cellars winery on lower Oak Creek tomorrow. We did upper Oak Creek, taking out at the Crossing last spring. The only thing I'm worried about is evil unavoidable strainers. Did you do the stretch we're planning. If so, did you encounter strainers? Thanks for posting the video.
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Where did you put in and take out and did you have to cross any barbed wire fences. Which run did you like more. The Page Springs to Cornville section looks like it goes through a lot of farm land. Can you run from Red rock to Page Spring?
The first day we put-in at the highway 179 bridge in Sedona (Indian Gardens takeout) and boated to Red Rock Crossing (Crescent Moon Ranch). The second day we put-in at the Page Springs bridge and took out at the park river right just before the bridge in Cornville. We did not encounter any barb-wire fences. I liked the first day a little more. The channel was smaller, with more wood and more action, but the surf and play was better on the Page Springs to Cornville stretch.
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My husband and I are going to put in at Red Rock Crossing and take out at Page Springs Cellars winery on lower Oak Creek tomorrow. We did upper Oak Creek, taking out at the Crossing last spring. The only thing I'm worried about is evil unavoidable strainers. Did you do the stretch we're planning. If so, did you encounter strainers? Thanks for posting the video.
The second day we had planned to boat RR Crossing to Page Springs. When we arrived at the Page Springs bridge to set shuttle there was a couple of guys from Flagstaff about to launch and run down to Cornville. They said they attempted RR to Page Springs the day before but had to make multiple portages around river-wide strainers, so we took their word for it and enjoyed having some company for the lower stretch.
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Yow! Thanks for the information. I really don't want to have to portage. I think we'll do the Page Springs to Cornville stretch instead.
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Thank you, great info.
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