At Drake, Arizona its canyon is termed “Hell Canyon”, and it is spanned by the Hell Canyon Bridge, a road bridge built in 1923, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.In 1984, the United States Congress designated 40.5 miles (65.2 km) of the Verde River as Wild and Scenic through the National Wild and Scenic River program. The Scenic portion begins at Beasley Flats and extends downstream about 19 miles (31 km) to the northern boundary of the Mazatzal Wilderness. The Wild portion extends from there to the mouth of Red Creek, about 22 miles (35 km) further downstream.
The Verde River above Camp Verde has about 70 miles (110 km) of fishable waters at an average elevation of 3,800 feet (1,200 m) above sea level. The nearest town with fuel, restaurants, lodging, groceries, and fishing tackle is Cottonwood. Fish species frequenting this stretch of the river include largemouth bass, redeye bass, sunfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, chub, carp, and, in winter, rainbow trout. Crayfish and bullfrogs are also found.
The Verde River (Yavapai: Haka’he:la) is a major tributary of the Salt River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is about 170 miles (270 km) long and carries a mean flow of 602 cubic feet per second (17.0 m/s) at its mouth. It is one of the largest perennial streams in Arizona.The river begins below the dam at Sullivan Lake, fed by Big Chino Wash and Williamson Valley Wash in Yavapai County. The Verde flows freely for 12 miles (19 km) through private, state, tribal and United States Forest Service lands, specifically the Tonto National Forest, before encountering the first of two dams that make Horseshoe Lake and Bartlett Lake. The cities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale and Cottonwood are the main population centers along the river. The Verde River and the Salt River confluence on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The Salt River flows into the Gila River west of Phoenix.
What is the hardest rapid on the Upper Gauley?
Mile 6.9: Iron Ring (V) is two drops. The second drop has a hole formed by a rock known as Woodstock that was formed when loggers blasted the rapid to let logs through. This is the most difficult rapid at higher and lower flows.
Below Bartlett Lake, the elevation averages 1,500 feet (460 m) over the next 20 miles (32 km). Species here include largemouth bass, sunfish, channel and flathead catfish, tilapia, carp, crayfish, and bullfrogs. The nearest town with fuel and supplies is Fountain Hills.Floating the Verde River in rafts and kayaks is a popular pastime as it runs through scenic valleys and the Mazatzal Wilderness. The facilities described below are maintained by the Tonto National Forest authority. Kayak rentals, shuttles, boating gear and services are available in Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde. Several commercial outfitters offer guided trips on the Verde River. Popular stretches for commercial boating include the Verde River @ Clarkdale, beginning at the Lower TAPCO River Access Point (RAP) and floating to the Tuzigoot RAP in Clarkdale; Skidmore RAP to Black Canyon RAP or Bignotti RAP on the Prescott National Forest between Cottonwood and Camp Verde; and White Bridge RAP to Clear Creek RAP or Beasley Flat RAP on the Prescott National Forest below Camp Verde.
Beaver were trapped “with considerable success” on the Verde River by fur trappers led by Ewing Young, and including Kit Carson, dating to 1829. Edgar Alexander Mearns wrote in his 1907 naturalist survey Mammals of the Mexican Boundary of the United States that beaver were present on nearly all streams of the Colorado Basin. Re-introductions of beaver in recent times have transformed even small desert streams into robust riparian habitat, increasing species abundance and diversity.Plants found in riparian zones along the river include ailanthus, Arizona alder, sycamore, and walnut trees; a variety of willows; reeds, cattails, box elder, and saltcedar, among others. Aquatic vertebrates along the Verde River include North American beaver, belted kingfishers, great blue herons, otters, Chiricahua leopard frogs, Sonoran mud turtles, and others. Among the 27 species of fish found in the river are carp, flathead catfish, roundtail chub, Gila chub, bass, desert sucker, mosquitofish, red shiner, and Sonora sucker.In 1986, a 6-mile (10 km) stretch of the river was identified by the state of Arizona as a critical natural resource. This reach of the Verde River and its associated riparian zone, between the town of Clarkdale (near Tuzigoot National Monument) and the Bridgeport State Route 89A Bridge, became part of the Arizona State Parks system. The park, called the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area, encompasses 480 acres (190 ha). Dead Horse Ranch State Park, near Cottonwood, is adjacent to the Greenway.
The same species that are found between Camp Verde and Horseshoe Lake are also present along a 12-mile (19 km) stretch of the river from Horseshoe Lake to Bartlett Lake. The elevation along this stretch averages 1,800 feet (550 m) above sea level. The nearest town with fuel and supplies is Carefree.From Camp Verde to Horseshoe Lake, about 60 miles (97 km) of fishable waters are at an average elevation of 2,800 feet (850 m). The nearest town with fuel and other supplies and amenities is Camp Verde. Species along this stretch include largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, channel and flathead catfish, carp, crayfish, and bullfrogs.
Flagstaff 72 miles; Phoenix 117 miles; Tucson 228 miles; Albuquerque miles; Salt Lake City miles; Denver miles; Oklahoma City miles; Dallas miles; Austin miles; San Antonio miles; Houston miles; Little Rock miles; Kansas City miles (all distances are approximate and depend upon starting point, destination point on the river and route taken.)Cococino and Tonto National Forests of Yavapai County. Phoenix sits to the southwest, Flagstaff to the north and Prescott to the northwest. The small towns of Pine and Strawberry are to the east very near the start of this reach.
Hazards of particular note are: Child’s Play Rapid (I to II) just below the put-in. Trees and waves make this a little tricky, so scout before running it; Baby Snaggleptooth Rapid (I to II), at about 1.0 miles, features a boulder in the center of the river at low flows, which means most of the time; a dogleg at about 3.7 miles is tricky as flows increase; strainer at about 4.0 miles, just below where the river forks briefly; boulders in river center at about 4.7 miles; strainers on river left in low water conditions at about 9.7 miles; Red Wall Rapid, at about 10.2 miles, features a current that carries boats into a bluff and trees on river right; strainer on river right at about 13.3 miles; Mell of a Hess Rapid (II to III), at about 22.3 miles, has trees blocking the channel (scouting is recommended); Red Creek Rapid (II to III), at about 23.3 miles, is a boulder garden that increases in difficulty at lower flows; Wet As Rapid (I to II), starting about at 23.6 miles, is a 3-drop rapid over about 0.1 miles; Rapid in the left fork just below Sheep Bridge RAP at about 32.7 miles should be scouted. There are no other significant hazards on this reach of the Verde River.
Rapids and drops on this reach of the Verde River are rated Class I to III, and have caused the death of many canoes and occasional rafts, so depending upon flow conditions and paddler skills, portages may be necessary to safely arrive at your downriver destination. This reach should not be attempted by any paddler with less than strong intermediate level whitewater skills. Swiftwater rescue and First Aid training would be great assets. Cold water temperatures make water-repelling garments necessary, and wetsuits or drysuits would be ideal to protect against hypothermia, especially if running the river any time other than perhaps August through October.
There are no commercial campgrounds located along this reach of the Verde River. However, abundant natural, primitive campsites can be found all along the river. This is designated as a “Leave no trace” area, so be sure to take only photos and leave only footprints. Golfers may take along a rake to groom the areas where they walk so that the area is undisturbed for those who follow. This wilderness area has a limit of 14 consecutive days that you may remain here for any purpose.January through April is the primary season for trips on this section of the Verde River, where the water is free-flowing, and March historically has been the best month. A second season MAY exist from August through December, depending upon seasonal monsoons. Like all Arizona rivers, the Verde may not have a navigable season at all in drought years. Typically, the river can be boated any month of the year, though flows may be very low, at which time the bone zone may be very hard on boats and paddlers. Childs River Access Point (RAP) on FR 502 about 6.2 miles from FR 708 at 0.0 miles; Houston Creek RAP (very rough 4WD road) at about 8.1 miles; Red Creek RAP (rough 4WD road) at about 22.7 miles; Sheep Bridge RAP (4WD, when muddy) on FR 269, about 42.0 miles from the Bloody Basin exit off IH 17, at about 32.7 miles; Ocotillo Boat Ramp on Horseshoe Reservoir at about 42.5 miles miles. Mile 5.5: Lost Paddle (V) is a series of four drops that occur after the Meadow River enters from the left. The second one has waves known as Hawaii Five-O. There are sieves throughout this long rapid so be careful!
Mile 2.8: Insignificant (V) is a long rapid with a big pour over at the top. The big long rock half way down on the right is undercut. The name came after the first trip down reported “nothing significant before Pillow.”
Mile 0: Put-in below Summersville Dam. They usually name dams after the town that gets flooded. The Gauley flooded the town of Gad, but they didn’t want to name it the Gad Dam so it was named Summersville Dam.Disclaimer: River conditions, obstacles, and rapids can vary for a variety of reasons. Please combine this general information with good judgment and your own river reading skills.
Can you kayak the Verde River?
The Verde River is open for recreational activities including kayaking, canoeing and rafting.
The Upper Gauley flows through the Gauley River National Recreation Area in southern West Virginia. It is the premier iconic Class V run on the East Coast and has some of the best whitewater in the world.
What is the hardest river to kayak in the world?
Santo Domingo River, Chiapas, Mexico Rio Santo Domingo is known as the steepest kayakable river in the world. Oregon Kayaking defines rafting there as the “Holy Grail of big-drop steep creeking.”See why in this video. People go because of the rapids are – other than steep – technical and hard.
Every year American Whitewater puts on Gauley Fest which is the biggest paddling festival in the world. All proceeds go to the American Whitewater stewardship fund. The world rafting competition was also held on the Gauley in 2001.
Mile 4.1: Pillow (V) is ridiculous fun if you’re a good paddler. It’s named for the pillow that forms off the massive boulder on the left. After the pillow is a hydraulic feature known as Toilet Bowl followed by the river splitting around Volkswagen Rock.
Mile 8.1: Sweet’s Falls (V) is a 12 foot drop. The left side of the drop has rock affectionately known as Dildo that stops raft and explodes passengers out. Left of Dildo is a move known as the Melt Down. Below here is Postage Due, a big rock that flips rafts. If go you left of Postage Due, that is known as Box Canyon. This rapid is named after John Sweet, a Gauley River rafting pioneer.
The best time to go is during the Fall Gauley Releases. The Gauley releases were mandated by an act of Congress to provide river flows that support recreation and the flows during this time is generally between 2400 and 2800 cfs. They begin the first weekend after Labor Day and go for six weekends up to Bridge Day weekend (Bridge Day weekend is a celebration of the New River Gorge Bridge across the New River). These flows are perfect as Iron Ring (V) gets hairy at both higher and lower flows.Mile 6.9: Iron Ring (V) is two drops. The second drop has a hole formed by a rock known as Woodstock that was formed when loggers blasted the rapid to let logs through. This is the most difficult rapid at higher and lower flows.
What lives in the Verde River?
A major component of the Colorado River Basin, the Verde River is a critical flyway for migratory birds and home to nesting bald eagles, rare species of reptiles and amphibians, and many species of native fish. The Verde is also home to bobcat, grey fox, coyote, jackrabbit, javelina and mountain lion.
Plants found in riparian zones along the river include Arizona alder, sycamore, and walnut trees; a variety of willows; reeds, cattails, box elder, and saltcedar, among others. Aquatic vertebrates along the Verde River include North American beaver, belted kingfishers, great blue herons, otters, Chiricahua leopard frogs, Sonoran mud turtles, and others. Among the 27 species of fish found in the river are carp, flathead catfish, roundtail chub, Gila chub, bass, desert sucker, mosquitofish, red shiner, and Sonora sucker.The river begins below the dam at Sullivan Lake, fed by Big Chino Wash and Williamson Valley Wash in Yavapai County. The Verde flows freely for 12 miles (19 km) through private, state, tribal and United States Forest Service lands, specifically the Tonto National Forest, before encountering the first of two dams that make Horseshoe Lake and Bartlett Lake. The cities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale and Cottonwood are the main population centers along the river. The Verde River and the Salt River meet near Fountain Hills. The Salt River flows into the Gila River west of Phoenix.
The Verde River above Camp Verde has about 70 miles (110 km) of fishable waters at an average elevation of 3,800 feet (1,200 m) above sea level. The nearest town with fuel, restaurants, lodging, groceries, and fishing tackle is Cottonwood. Fish species frequenting this stretch of the river include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, chub, carp, and, in winter, rainbow trout. Crayfish and bullfrogs are also found.
Boaters are encouraged to enjoy these sections of the river since there are a minimum of hazards and obstacles, as well as reasonably reliable flows even in summertime. The riverside lands along these stretches of river are a mix of private and public lands. Please respect private property rights and only put in and take out at designated access points. Also, check out helpful boater’s guides from our partners at U.S. Forest Service, Verde Valley Land Preservation and Arizona State Parks (special thanks to John Parsons who personally navigated and documented some of these stretches):The Verde River is becoming increasingly known as a recreational mecca for outdoor enthusiasts from across the state and around the region. Canoeing and kayaking are common activities, as are fishing, bird-watching, and hiking along the river. Experienced boaters know that the Verde is a small stream, and its flows to support boating are seasonal and may vary considerably depending on precipitation, snowpack, and water removed from the river for agricultural use.
Is Como safe to swim in?
Yes, you can actually swim in Lake Como. Some pebbled beaches of Lake Como are known to harbour the most swimmable waters to exist – but should you? As swimmable as the waters are, it is also considered by a handful minority to not be the most ‘ideal’ place to do so, for several reasons.
Different stretches of river have different flow conditions, obstacles and hazards that can change on a daily basis, so you will want to check flow levels before beginning your trip. River conditions quickly change so be aware of the weather and your surroundings. Safe paddling.The following guides will show you River Access Points along the Verde River Greenway between the Lower TAPCO RAP in Clarkdale and Beasley Flat RAP below Camp Verde.
How far can you kayak the Verde River?
The Verde River Paddle Trail stretches 6.5 miles from the Tuzigoot Bridge to the Highway 89A Bridgeport Bridge. River access points are main- tained by the Verde River Greenway-State Natural Area and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
The paddle guides are provided for information only. Conditions on different stretches of river can vary greatly in relation to temperature, weather, water level, trees/vegetation/overgrowth, and other factors. All persons intending to recreate on the river are responsible for personally assessing these conditions, as well as their own ability to cope with them. Please be aware that all recreational use of the river involves a degree of risk. All persons engaging in this activity assume the risk associated therewith.The information in the guides is used entirely at the reader’s discretion and is made available on the expressed condition that no liability, expressed or implied, is accepted by Friends of the Verde River or any of its associates, employees, directors, or agents for the accuracy, content or use thereof.The first waterfall can be seen from the river, while the second is upstream on higher ground. Below the first waterfall, you will find a cave has formed where the powerful return flow has hollowed out a large rocky section of the riverbank.
A great introduction to kayaking the Verde Valley is the section from White Bridge to Clear Creek Crossing. This beginner-friendly route offers a dreamy joyride with waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more to see.
Clear Creek Crossing is an exhilarating place to end your day. There’s a stone weir (low dam) that crosses the river, and the left side of the dam is collapsed. The collapse has formed a three-to-four-foot waterfall that is fast, safe, and an absolute thrill to kayak down.
What river has the most Class 5 rapids?
1) Terminator – Futaleufú River, Chile With five Class V rapids, the Futaleufú is known for its big water, but it’s Terminator that’s considered the biggest and baddest of them all. In fact, many pros say it’s the most challenging commercially run rapid in the world.
If you have two vehicles, but only one can carry kayaks, this trip can still be pulled off. In this case, when you finish the day at Clear Creek Crossing, you’ll need to beach the kayaks and then drive back to White Bridge to retrieve the second car to pack out the kayaks. It’s best to have someone watch the kayaks while you’re away if possible.Kayaking has skyrocketed in popularity on Arizona’s lakes and streams the past couple of years. This is especially true of the lakes near Phoenix, which are often crowded by motorboats, as well.
The route can take anywhere from three to six hours to complete, depending on the flow. It meanders through a dense riparian woodland that boasts a diverse range of plant life. The Middle Verde is lined with both deciduous trees and evergreen trees, and it is considered one of the rarest forest types in North America.
Shortly after this point, you will paddle into a tree tunnel. This is a peaceful and serene portion of the route where the tree branches over head reach from one side of the river to the other. The light will become dim, and the water will slow down a bit. Suddenly you may feel like you’re floating away from Camp Verde and into another world. This is where many different types of birds can be seen in the trees and on the water. Coming out of the tree tunnel, the current gets stronger, and the river gets louder. The suspense will build until you reach the last destination of this route: Clear Creek Crossing.
Once the current begins meandering back to the west, you’ll encounter a naturally diverted channel of water that breaks off the river to the east and runs downhill back into the main channel. For a bit of added fun, take the opportunity to drag your kayak out of the water and 20 feet over to this narrow chute for a ride down this natural waterslide. You will effortlessly float back into the river. You may find more opportunities for quick fun like this; so keep an eye out along the way.
After setting out on the Verde, the suspense will build as the river narrows and speeds up. The first small rapid is immediately followed by a winding section that weaves through a thicket of reeds and eventually takes sharp turn to the left. These little rapids are fun and generally safe. Just remember to aim the bow of your kayak straight for the middle of the waves or the fastest channel within the rapid.
Eventually, things get a bit wilder. As you paddle further downstream, the route will run closer to the limestone cliffs to the east. The wildlife becomes more abundant, and the trees get taller. You may see a wide variety of wildlife from otters to bald eagles.White Bridge is an easy place to put in. A short walk from the car park will bring you to a wide flat-water section of the river that passes under White Bridge. There is a raging waterfall just upstream from the bridge; so make sure you put in on the downriver side.
Cottonwoods, Willows, Arizona Sycamores, Walnut trees, Junipers, Maple and Cypress trees are just a few of the types of trees you’ll see along the river. The foliage will even block out the sun in some segments, providing shade and a surreal tree-tunnel to paddle through.It may seem intimidating, but it’s worth the ride. Many people, even young kids, float down the short waterfall in innertubes with no issues and loads of stoke. If you don’t have an appetite for this man-made rapid after paddling all day, you can paddle to the right of the dam and pull onto the pebbly beach known as Clear Creek Fishing Site. This is where the journey ends and your car will be waiting for you.
To escape the hustle, pack your ‘yaks and head to Camp Verde! Camp Verde’s 18-mile section of the Verde River is easily accessible, uncrowded, absolutely beautiful, and most importantly–fun!
The river carries on making constant changes from deep swimmable sections to fast shallow riffles. Occasionally you will see beautiful farms through clearings in the trees, reminding you of the value and importance of the Verde River.If you need to take a break at any point, you’ll have plenty of river-side beaches to choose from. A scenic spot is approximately 1.3 miles before the takeout spot at Clear Creek Crossing. It is hard-to-miss thanks to two waterfalls that have formed on the east side of the river.Camp Verde is home to several kayak routes; some of which are not ideal for beginner kayakers (especially south of Beasley Flat Rap). However, White bridge to Clear Creek Crossing is perfect for kayakers of all experience levels. This 5.5-mile paddle is both wild and thrilling.As mentioned, these are class I and II rapids, which won’t require a lot of maneuvering or planning. They may be light rapids, but they’ll leave you with an unshakeable smile. To kayak this route, it’s best to have two vehicles with kayak carrying abilities. Begin by dropping the kayaks off at the White Bridge access point. Then drive 11 minutes to Clear Creek Crossing (AKA Clear Creek Fishing Site) to drop off one of the vehicles. You will then drive the other vehicle back to White Bridge to begin your paddling adventure. Those without experience navigating rivers will find this section of the Verde River to be a safe choice, requiring minimal gear as well. It’s a pool-and-riffle river-run, peppered with class I and II rapids from start to finish. The flow of the river can be as low as 60 CFS in the low season, and as much as 5000 CFS or more in the high season. The flow is heavily affected by rain, snowmelt, and other factors; so, it’s important to check the conditions before getting in the water.The Verde River and the web of irrigation ditches that trail along its banks nourish a mile-wide greenbelt, which defines Camp Verde in ways that no other natural feature comes close. It and its tributaries, Oak Creek, Wet Beaver Creek and West Clear Creek, is the reason humans have made the valley home for more than 10,000 years. Today it is fueling an agricultural renaissance as well as becoming a recreational asset.The Verde River is home to more than just fish. Dozens of mammals — including Beavers, White Tailed Deer, Otters — and Birds — like Black hawks, Western Tanagers, Bald Eagles –make the Verde River home. You can see many of these animals and birds year round.
The Verde River Hot Springs is the remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, all that remains is the foundation for the resort, one main pool, and several more in the cliffside. The main pool is located on the foundation of the resort, overlooking the Verde River. The water in the main pool is about 98 degrees F and there is enough room for several people. The pool is also quite deep, allowing for bathing without having to crouch down as with many other springs. There is a small concrete-block room with a pool of water inside. There are also pools of hot-spring water in the cliffside, where small caves have been cut. The Coconino National Forest maintains a popular dispersed camping area near the springs.
Camp Verde business Verde River Adventures offers a water to wine tour that includes wine tasting after a ducky kayak trip on a scenic stretch of the Verde River!
The Verde River is accessible to day users, boaters and overnight campers along the entire stretch passing through the Verde Valley. Please respect private landowners and only use the sites included on the Verde River Greenways’ Paddle Guides and American Rivers’ Blue Trails mobile-friendly Verde River Map
The Verde River is one of the Southwest’s last free flowing rivers, running 170 miles from its headwaters in the Big Chino Valley to its confluence with the Salt River, east of Phoenix. Along with providing water to millions of Arizonans, the river is home to dozens of species of mammals, reptiles, birds and fish, including several that are threatened or endangered.
White Bridge Picnic Site is a developed picnic area with toilets and picnic tables located on the southeast corner of the junction of State Route 260 and the Verde River. Operated by the Forest Service, White Bridge is a popular launch site for boaters headed to Beasley Flat or Clear Creek access points. It is also a popular site for fishing and nature viewing. Overnight camping is not permitted. Facilities include four picnic tables with pedestal grills, a ramada and toilets, along with a paved ramp leading to the Verde River.
Over the last 25 years, the Verde River’s reputation as a destination for canoers and kayakers of all levels of expertise has grown. The 18 miles of river passing through Camp Verde consists of a series of deep pools and riffles, perfect for beginners. For those who prefer a more exhilarating ride, Camp Verde is the jumping off spot for a 41 mile long Wild and Scenic stretch, running south from Camp Verde to the Sheep Bridge upstream of Horseshoe Lake.The Verde is also home to bobcat, grey fox, coyote, jackrabbit, javelina and mountain lion. One animal in particular – the beaver – is busy transforming the middle Verde into a healthy river home for river otter, native fish and other creatures.
A major component of the Colorado River Basin, the Verde River is a critical flyway for migratory birds and home to nesting bald eagles, rare species of reptiles and amphibians, and many species of native fish.
Sections of the Verde River are contiguous with Prescott and Coconino national forests, Tuzigoot National Monument and the U.S. Forest Service’s Verde Valley Botanical Area. Among rare plants found here are Verde Valley sage, Ripley wild buckwheat and Arizona cliff rose. More common plants along the river are cottonwoods, willows, mesquite, crucifix thorn and greythorn.
While the Verde’s preservation is vital to wildlife and recreation in Arizona, it is also essential to the health of the river’s watershed, which feeds many Arizona communities downstream. Competing demands for water are putting pressure on the watershed. Looming development over the aquifer that supplies the Verde River could reduce the flow of water not only to downstream users, but to the plants and animals that depend on it.One of Arizona’s only federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Verde River springs from the ground in the rural community of Paulden, southwest of Flagstaff. It meanders southeastward 195 miles through private, federal, state and tribal land before reaching its confluence with the Salt River near Phoenix.
Touring Cockpit: Touring cockpits are generally smaller and snug fitting to help resist imploding of the spray skirt if hit by a large wave in rough water. They include built-in thigh braces on the cockpit rim to maximize control when edging and rolling. They range from 29″ to 35″ long, depending on the model.Swede Form: Widest behind the cockpit, Swede form has a cleaner, longer and more slender entry, giving efficient touring speeds and maneuverability. In shorter lengths these kayaks are very responsive. Longer kayaks with this feature have amazing acceleration and track well. Because of the narrow bow they may punch through a steep wave, rather than ride over it.
What river has the worst rapids?
The Inga Rapids—Congo River These are the world’s largest and deadliest rapids, many have died trying to navigate these waters. In 2011, freestyle kayaker Steve Fisher and his team of three other kayakers were the first to survive the Inga Rapids.
Depth is a key component of a good fit. A deeper hull will be roomier for paddlers with larger legs, and increases load carrying ability. A shallower hull will be less affected by wind, and may better fit small paddlers.A smooth transition from the bottom of the hull to the sides. Soft chines give smooth edging at unlimited angles. The majority of kayaks that we build have a soft chine.
A hard chine kayak has a well-defined edge where the hull bottom meets the sides. This increases the initial stability greatly. Hard chines give defined edging angles and assist in holding an edge.Fish Form: Widest ahead of the cockpit, Fish form kayaks have a more blunt entry but will have a more slender exit through the water. The bows typically have more flare and are usually more buoyant than others. This enables our shorter boats to be excellent surf zone kayaks. Longer kayaks benefit from this feature in large seas. Open Cockpit: Solara’s feature our largest open cockpits. These are very easy to get in and out of, and give a feeling of being almost completely free from the boat. Open cockpits have enough space to put gear between your legs for easy access. We design hull shapes for the ideal combination of tracking, efficiency, agility and seaworthiness based on the kayaks intended use. Many hulls are fairly complex and have different shapes blended together.Recreational Cockpit: The Kestrels feature recreational cockpits that are long enough so you can simply get in and sit down. They are unrestrictive and many new paddlers appreciate their roominess and versatility.
The degree of curvature in the hull from bow to stern defines the rocker. More rocker improves the ability to maneuver the kayak, especially in rough water. A kayak with little or no rocker will track very well and travel efficiently, but may be more difficult to maneuver. We carefully control the kayak’s rocker to deliver the right combination of maneuverability, speed and seaworthiness appropriate for it’s intended use.A longer boat will track straighter, glide further and travel faster, making it more efficient. Length also adds to stability and capacity. A shorter boat is easier to handle and can be more maneuverable.
A wider kayak will be more stable than a narrow one. Conversely, a narrow kayak is usually more efficient than a wide one. A wider kayak may provide more stability for both heavier paddlers and tall paddlers with a higher center of gravity. A wider kayak will also enable a paddler to spread their legs out more.
Keyhole Cockpit: A keyhole cockpit blends the openness of a recreational cockpit and the integrated thigh braces of a touring cockpit. The result is a cockpit that’s easy to enter and exit, while offering performance, fit and solid connectivity to the kayak.When choosing a kayak, a common phrase you’ll hear is “you don’t sit in a kayak, you wear it.” Like your favorite pair of jeans, a kayak that fits right will provide you with the comfort and control you desire. We list maximum load weights for each of our models, but don’t publish recommended paddler sizes due to differences in physical proportions and paddling experience. The best way to find a kayak that fits you right is to get in and try it.
Cari Morgan is the Content Marketing Manager for OARS. Since 2014, she has managed the company’s blog, The Eddy, and has been the primary “voice” behind the brand’s social media sphere.Photos: Lava Canyon, Chilko River – Photo: Justin Bailie, White Mile, Chilko River, BC – Photo: Justin Bailie; Lava Falls, Grand Canyon – Photo: Dylan Silver; Pillow Rock, Gauley River – Photo: ACE; Karnali River, Nepal – Photo: Whitehorse Canoe Club; Clavey Falls, Tuolumne River, CA – Photo: Dylan Silver; Tunnel Chute, Middle Fork of the American River – Photo: Dylan Silver
There are five legendary rapids on West Virginia’s notorious Gauley River, but when we talked to Haynes Manfield from ACE Adventure Resort, he said that Pillow Rapid is among the most unforgettable. As this Class V rapid drops 30 feet, boats pummel down a narrow chute directly into Pillow Rock where they have to “ride the pillow” just right to avoid the worst case scenario. According to Haynes, “The trick is to ride that pillow towards river right avoiding the recirculating Room Of Doom… but not too far right which could leave you teetering on Volkswagen Rock. The experience is an explosion of whitewater that can be hard to read, or even remember the first time through the rapid, but it will never be forgotten!”
Anytime the word “falls” shows up in the name of a rapid, you can guarantee it’s going to be a thriller. And Clavey Falls at the confluence of the Clavey River and Tuolumne, with its series of dramatic staircase drops, is no exception. “The quarter mile of Class I water leading up to Clavey Falls is the ‘calm before the storm,’” according to Chris Moore, who managed OARS’ California rafting operation on the Tuolumne for nearly two decades. “As you approach the horizon line—the initial drop of Clavey Falls—your senses are dulled due to the thunderous sound emanating just downstream.” On this Class IV+ rapid you’ll drop 8 vertical feet before dropping again and trying to avoid a massive hole. then On the other side of this wild ride, you’ve still got more than half of California’s best rafting trip downstream.Lava Canyon on the Chilko River offers up 14 miles of non-stop excitement through what is often boasted as the longest stretch of commercially-run Class IV whitewater in North America and one of the “Seven Whitewater Wonders of the World.” At the start of it all you’ll find Bidwell, an exciting Class IV “S-bend” rapid with big breaking waves and a huge hole at the bottom. Seasoned pros say it’s an intense way to start off the Chilko’s infamous White Mile. If you don’t make the correct move at the top, you have continuous whitewater below. Translation: You don’t want any swimmers here.When it comes to the “River of the Sacred Waterfalls” deep in the Andes Mountains, Godzilla is the most memorable rapid on the Rio Upano, according to Peter Grubb of ROW Adventures. “It’s in a deep and dramatic jungle canyon with high waterfalls plummeting in from both sides of the river, making for a wave train that boasts 15-foot waves when flows are in the 15-25,000 CFS range,” he describes. “As you run this rapid you have to be working from right to left, without getting caught in strong eddy lines on left, so that when you come out of the train of waves you are on the left side of an almost river-wide hole!”Perhaps not the most menacing rapid on this list (but easily one of the best on the American River), Tunnel Chute is iconic for its unique structure and being one of the few places in the world that commercial trips float through an actual tunnel. Blasted into solid rock by miners chasing riches during the Gold Rush, the chute is a narrow sluice that falls over 30 feet into a calm blue pool. The bottom hole can easily send a boatful into the upside down, but it’s the threat of swimming the top stretch after Last Chance that makes this one of the West’s most notorious rapids.With five Class V rapids, the Futaleufú is known for its big water, but it’s Terminator that’s considered the biggest and baddest of them all. In fact, many pros say it’s the most challenging commercially run rapid in the world. And when asked about this long and technical rapid, our guides say Terminator has every feature that will make your belly groan: Towering waves, pummeling holes, massive black boulders strewn everywhere—all embraced by brooding cliffs and echoing thunder. Even the “cheat run” on river left will have you sweating.Cataract Canyon‘s Big Drops 2 and 3 (ok, technically two rapids) might be a surprising pick considering most of the season they’re a fun Class III ride, but those who’ve experienced these infamous back to back drops at high water know their unforgettable nature. Longtime river guide Jeffe Aronson, who claims to be the first to run the Big Drops on an 18-foot raft at 75,000 cfs says, “They’re bigger, scarier, harder and more consequential than anything else we run, period.” At their peak, these rapids are two of the top ten biggest rapids in North America offering up waves bigger than the biggest rapids in Grand Canyon.
The world is full of amazing whitewater, but there’s only a handful of rapids that become truly legendary. We went on the hunt for drops that leave lasting impressions—whitewater that you’ll never forget. Whitewater that hooks you on rafting for life. Maybe it’s the terrifyingly vertical descent, the boulder-dodging line, the bus-sized wave at the bottom, or a combination of all three. The best whitewater rapids are the ones that you tell stories about—even decades after your first run.
Post-monsoon season in early October, the Karnali River in Western Nepal offers some of the best big-volume rapids in the world through pristine jungle and dramatic Himalayan gorges. But all of that aside, the pinnacle of the trip for many is no doubt God’s House. Running through the narrowest gorge on the river this Class V rapid serves up a large runnable wave on the left before you have to fight your way to the right to miss an enormous hole that has the capacity to flip
a small vehicle let alone a raft.
What is the most efficient kayak shape?
WIDTH. A wider kayak will be more stable than a narrow one. Conversely, a narrow kayak is usually more efficient than a wide one. A wider kayak may provide more stability for both heavier paddlers and tall paddlers with a higher center of gravity.
How did we pick? Rapids that are genuinely notorious aren’t too hard to find. We did some research, polled a few professional guides and regularly run a few of them ourselves. These are some of the biggest rapids in the world that made the cut.
Speaking of Grand Canyon, no “best whitewater rapids” list would be complete without mentioning Lava Falls, the biggest rapid in the canyon and definitely the most fabled. Navigating through a maelstrom of whitewater as the river falls 37 feet over the span of several hundred yards, paddlers pretend they’re in control as they try to avoid Big Black Rock and boat-flipping Ledge Hole for any hope of making it to Tequila Beach for post-Lava celebrations. Rated Class 10 (the highest degree of difficulty in the Grand Canyon), Lava can be twenty of the scariest (and best) seconds of an entire Grand Canyon rafting trip for guides and passengers alike.
While well-known rapids like Jaw Bone and Seven Foot Falls are obvious choices for best whitewater rapids on Georgia’s scenic Chattooga River (made famous in the movie Deliverance), Ashley Manning, who spent five years guiding in the area, thinks Bull Sluice is one of the most challenging rapids on the river. This Class IV+ grand finale thriller dishes out a 14-foot elevation drop with a tricky line that includes a difficult to maneuver ledge, aptly named Decapitation Rock, and finally a big hole that you have to surf to escape. “I think that The Bull is in its own category sometimes because it can be so fluffy and soft but it can also be extremely violent and dangerous.” says Ashley. “You really never know what you’re going to get. You could have a perfect line 6 days in a row, but on the 7th day it could be a nightmare.”In Camp Verde, turn east off Highway 260 onto Oasis Road following signate for river access (*note – the turnoff to access this RAP and Beasley Flat RAP are before the turnoff for White Bridge RAP off Highway 260). Make a right off Oasis Road onto Salt Mine Road and follow six miles. There will be signage directing to a parking area. The Verde River is about 150 yards across the Verde Ditch (over bridge) and down the hill. There is no camping available along this section of the Verde River, although Dead Horse Ranch is only minutes away and offers plenty of spacious campsites and cozy camping cabins. Our effort to conserve this beautiful area requires a light footprint approach. No vehicular use or campfires are allowed in the riparian zone please. While using the Verde River Natural Area, please help our conservation efforts by adhering to rules and by using this area as delicately as possible. This means staying on trails and respecting the delicate nature of this diverse riparian ecosystem. The river is a fantastic place to canoe or kayak, see Paddle Maps for route information. A river access point is located at the Tuzigoot bridge. You can put in at the Tuzigoot bridge and take out at Dead Horse Ranch; or put in at Dead Horse Ranch and take out at 89A. Check the stream levels before planning your trip. There’s lots of twists and turns so be aware of sleepers and strainers. When in doubt: Scout.Within this section of the Verde River you can catch smallmouth bass, catfish, and largemouth bass and bluegill. In the Winter, trout are stocked at the Tuzigoot Bridge, the 10th street bridge, and at the river day use area of Dead Horse Ranch. Arizona Game & Fish also stocks at various points along the river, all the way to Camp Verde. There’s plenty of great fishing opportunities on the Verde River and anglers do fairly well here.Facilities for the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area are located at adjacent Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The Verde River Valley is wild and beautiful, but also safe to visit despite the general remote feel of the riparian area.The Verde River Greenway is a State Natural Area. It exists to keep the Verde River riparian corridor in it’s most natural state, and to protect the fragile ecosystem that exists therein. Recreation is allowed, but recreation that has minimal impact on the environment is encouraged. These activities include: A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older. Licensing information is available online at Arizona Game & Fish, or purchase a fishing license at a local dealer. Black Hawks nest along the Verde River during summer and are a lot of fun to watch. Great Blue Herons and a variety of waterfowl can be seen year round although additional waterfowl species show up with the winter migration. Southwestern Bald Eagles show up in the winter as well and breeding pairs can often be seen up in the large cottonwood and sycamore trees of the Verde River Valley. Deer, coyotes, river otters, raccoons, beavers, bobcats and the occasional mountain lion can also be seen in the Verde River corridor. The Verde River Natural Area boasts an extensive variety of birds, in fact almost 200 bird species have been listed here! Because of this, the Verde River Riparian area is home to the yearly Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. Adjacent Dead Horse Ranch State Park is an integral part of the Tuzigoot Important Bird Area (IBA). Avian species within this IBA include several sensitive, threatened, or endangered birds listed as species of concern. Select a single or tandem kayak and enjoy 2.5 to 3 hours on the water. These inflatable kayaks are comfortable, unbelievably stable, easy to paddle and just plain fun for everyone! You will meet your awesome, professional guide at the river, who will provide you with transportation, safety, and paddling instructions.This self-guided, half-day kayak trip down the Verde River promises to take you on a wild and scenic adventure! The Verde River is the only ‘Wild & Scenic River’ in Arizona and your enjoyable float trip is about 5 miles. Feel the spiritual energy released by the land in Sedona, admire its red rocks formations, hike on beautiful trails, or relax in one of the luxurious spas. The safety of Lake Como is closely tied to the earlier question of ‘Is Lake Como actually dirty?’ as the main safety concern it poses right about now is pollution. If you can’t get enough of watersports then you can also head off to the beautiful Spiaggia Ontano! Here, the winds and the water currents are a little stronger, so it’s truly ideal for windsurfing. Be prepared to lose your breath at the sight before you. Mountains, lakes and the majestic blue sky! There’s no entry charge to visit the beach, but you’ll also have to bring your own lounging chairs and umbrellas. As for the beach itself – it’s sandy (pebbly in some areas), and it is super scenic. Dip in the clear water to cool off and enjoy a scrumptious meal once you get out. The scenic features make it perfect for camping and weddings. One is simply the fact that it is a Lake – a body of water with deep areas. The other is the mass settlement of moss and dark areas within the lake which could be somewhat unappetizing.Of course, you can enjoy a lovely dip, maybe go snorkelling and even scuba diving. However, we advise you to go in groups simply because of the strong currents. Don’t underestimate them, be cautious and enjoy!
The beaches of Lake Como with their grandiose appeal draw hundreds of tourists for swimming, sightseeing, sunbathing and even idling in its natural glory. Below are some of the most noteworthy beaches that you should consider visiting!
But keep in mind that, while many do swim here, it’s not safe for small kids, or people who can’t swim, because the water gets deep just a couple of steps from the shore.In 1957 a diver proclaimed tha
t he’s seen a peculiar creature with the ‘head of a crocodile’ and ‘feet like a reptile’. The final sighting was in 2003 when a ‘massive eel-like’ creature was reported.
Is the Verde River safe to swim in?
Swimming is allowed anywhere along the river although there is no lifeguard on duty and swimming is at your own risk.
If you do need to swim, there is access to an outdoor pool for a fee, just beside the lake shores. Make sure to carry a swimming cap in order to access the pool as it’s compulsory. Advance booking might be necessary as this place is quite popular.
Once knee-deep in the waters of Lake Como, if you happen to come across a peculiar, reptile-like creature please do say Hi on behalf of us (Or maybe run for your life?).
If you are heading to the northernmost coastal region of Lake Como, then Spiaggia di Gravedona is where you need to be, a tranquil beach haven that has managed to maintain its natural appearance.
The water temperature of Lake Como varies depending on the season. In the summer, it can go up to 77 Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) while in the winter it can drop as low as 39 Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius).
Yes, the coastline of this beach is something else. With rugged mountainscapes reaching to the magnificently blue sky, as the beach calmly flows beneath, reaching the shore in gentle waves, almost like it’s softly kissing it, creates a scenic moment for any visitor.Freckled with both bathing fronts and nightclubs, it could be the beach of your dreams. So the next time you plan your wedding, maybe consider Menaggio as a possible location.
This is a private, well-kept beach maintained by a Pizzeria. Access to the beach requires an admission fee while the place is ideal for a full-day outing with friends and family. Visitors can rent parasols or sunbeds and nestle themselves within the beautiful Lido di Argegno.
Head to the western shores of Lake Como to enjoy this elegant lake setting with refined seafood. The entrance to the beach area requires a small fee, with some chic restaurants, beach bars and nightclubs in the close vicinity.Lake Como is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, reaching a depth of up to 1,300 feet (400 meters). However, the average depth is only about 260 feet (80 meters).
Surprisingly, fresher and newer reports about the safety of Lake Como suggest that nearly 99% of the public beaches are an absolutely ‘safe delight’ (No pollution) to indulge in.
She believes that a fulfilling journey is not about the destination, but the experiences we gain from the things that go right and wrong. When it comes to travel, there’s no perfect itinerary. YOU make it perfect. This creature named the ‘Lariosauro’ is believed to be an evolutionary descendant of dinosaurs called the Lariosaurus. Several different sightings of this beast have been reported. Conclusively it is yet to be revealed whether this urban legend is regarded as a reality or fantasy. Despite all this, the fact that all these sightings took place at Lake Como symbolises its mysterious allure as a wondrous creation of nature: making it the subject of heightened public curiosity (We know you are curious too). Imagine lounging under the lazy sun, with the stunning clear waters as your front view- with the castle of Lierna at a distance, and a pizza in your hand with the splashing sounds of water – that’s what Riva Bianca Beach can offer. Once you wake up from your lulling haze, you can head to the inviting waters to cool off and immerse in the beauty of this beach and all the panoramic vistas it offers.
Yes, you can actually swim in Lake Como. Some pebbled beaches of Lake Como are known to harbour the most swimmable waters to exist – but should you? As swimmable as the waters are, it is also considered by a handful minority to not be the most ‘ideal’ place to do so, for several reasons.