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Old 01-09-2008   #1
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camp verde area in march....?

lookin like might do a spring break trip to go watch the Rox play in tuscon for spring training. layover day in sedona/camp verde area.

whats the verde like from clarkdale to camp v and then down to beasley? any hazards (fences, standard wood jamming places)? any other runs close by that are better or worth it? will likely be with boaters in the III/IV range. oak creek is possible? but doesnt sound like it is going to fly with the group. verde best option?

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Hmm. Good questions Yeti. I had to break out some old notes for that section (clarkdale - camp v). Here's the scoop:

Clarkdale to Camp Verde (otherwise know as "Dead Horse to Camp V" because of the easier access) is relatively flat (class II-III) with downed trees, shallow, riparian growth, a few diversion dams and private land. So in my opinion...not a good run or worth the time. And would make for a very long day or short two days.

The Run To Do (on the Verde) would be: Verde Daily (Beasley Flat - Gap Creek) *7 miles*
This run is II-IV. It has some spice for the class III paddler and is scenic. There are two - four rapids that are III+ and have great play waves. For the more experienced boaters on the trip, they will find some fun lines and decent play.

Here is Bret (my bro) back in the day, trying to wreck Pre-Falls




So i think you will like that section the most. It does require a high clearance vehicle (especially after it has rained).

But i would recommend trying to get into Oak Creek. It's mellow for the most part and your paddling partners will be able to pick and choose what they want to run. Look for flows 200 and higher.

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check out that new Tyler Williams book ,'PADDLING ARIZONA',Camp Verde is a good base for exploring OAK,Fossil ,Verde,Beaver,Wet Beaver,lwr. West Clear,aqnd several other possibilities within a reasonable distance,most of those are 2 - 4,with harder stuff available.
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