Verde River Greenway

Paddle Map 1

brochure Verde River Greenway - Paddle Map 1
Welcome to The Verde River Paddle Trail The Verde River Paddle Trail stretches 6.5 miles from the Tuzigoot Bridge to the Highway 89A Bridgeport Bridge. River access points are maintained by the Verde River Greenway-State Natural Area and Dead Horse Ranch State Park. This guide is intended to help inform canoers, kayakers and other river paddlers about what to expect along this portion of the 200 mile Verde River. The guide is composed of four map segments along with a descriptive narrative. The river maps are oriented downstream from a paddler’s point-of-view. A vicinity map shows how the segment maps provide coverage of each river reach. The Verde River is a dynamic natural resource. Water levels, channel obstructions and many other factors can change on a daily basis. River recreationists are advised to practice Safe Paddling. x x x x x x x x x x x Never paddle alone Inform friends and/or family of your paddling plans Check conditions before you go Dress appropriately for the expected weather Wear a life jacket Know your watercraft’s limitations Paddle within your skill level Avoid high, swift water Scout any hazard about which you have doubts. Respect private property along the river. Dispose of all trash properly For more information contact: Dead Horse Ranch State Park: Verde River Greenway: 928-634-5283 928-639-0312 The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to be a statement of conditions at any one time. Conditions can vary greatly in relation to temperature, weather, water level, and other factors. All persons intending to run this river are responsible for personally assessing these conditions, as well as their own ability to cope with them. You should be aware that all recreational use of this type involves a degree of risk, and persons engaging in this activity assume the risk associated therewith. The information in this guide 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 Arizona State Parks or any of its associates, employees, branches or subsidiaries for the accuracy, content or use thereof. 336 0 340 0 32 8 0 Verde River Greenway Paddle Trail For more information contact: Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 928-639-0312 www.azstateparks.com Hi gh wa y 0 344 340 0 89 A Downstream 3440 3440 8 34 0 344 0 State Trust Land 344 40 34 0 3520 3400 e Av us ng Mi 33 2 0 Segment 4 344 0 St 3480 Co tto nw oo d iver 0 0 0 Verd eR 344 Private Land Please Respect Property Owners 6 35 6 35 35 6 St M ain Coconino National Forest y Highwa 0 Segment 3 89A 0 328 32 8 0 3480 33 6 0 0 0 2 35 3520 6 35 2 35 0 34 0 0 3400 3440 3440 0 35 2 0 0 36 0 Dead Horse Ranch State Park / Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 356 364 0 0 0 4 36 0 0 0 4 34 34 0 4 36 34 4 0 36 8 8 34 0 3360 Segment 2 4 34 3520 0 8 34 0 0 340 0 36 0 3400 2 33 0 3480 348 Tuzigoot National Monument 0 35 6 Rd 0 0.2 3640 0.4 3600 0.6 Roads 0 0 34 0 0 3400 37 2 3560 36 8 0 34 8 0.1 0 0 0 36 Trails Segment 1 36 0 36 4 0 360 0 3360 0 3560 36 0 0 36 4 0 0 0 t oo zig Tu 0 36 34 4 0 352 Tavasci Marsh 0 3560 340 0.8 4 36 0 Miles 1 This map is intended for reference use only. 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Accuracy of map information is not guaranteed. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or inconsistencies in this map. Verde River Paddle Trail Segment #1 River Description Mile 0.0 The Tuzigoot Bridge was constructed in the 1960’s. It has a unique geometry rarely used in normal bridge building. Mile 0.05 Turn right about a quarter mile east of Tuzigoot Bridge. Follow the gravel road to river access points near bridge. Mile 0.1 Several areas along the stream bank provide places to launch watercraft. The land on river left here is part of the Verde River Greenway. Mile 0.1 The large pool below the Tuzigoot Bridge provide a place for novice boaters to hone their paddling skills. Mile 0.25 The Hickey Ditch Diversion Dam diverts irrigation water to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Scout on river left. Mile 0.25 A narrow gravel riffle runs on river left below the diversion. Mile 0.3 Some large boulders lie just beneath the low flow surface in this area. Watch the water carefully to find a route. Mile 0.65 River flow splits at the top of a large island. Both channels are normally navigable at low flows. However, the left channel provides better position for the upcoming scout. Mile 0.8 The Cottonwood Ditch Diversion Dam is one of the largest irrigation diversion structures along the urban stretch of the Verde River. Scout on river left. Mile 0.9 Trees bracket the channel not far below the diversion dam. Scout from river right. Mile 1.1 The Verde River turns sharply right here, creating a large braided and heavily vegetated gravel bar. Scout by from the landing in the middle of the stream channel. The water flow entering the river here is from Tavasi Marsh. Excellent views of Tuzigoot National Monument are noted here. Mile 1.25 Steps on river left mark the Flycatcher Rd RAP. 34°45'0"N 112°1'0"W 112°1'30"W City of Cottonwood Riverfront Park M ile For more information contact: Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 928-639-0312 www.azstateparks.com ile 34°45'30"N M 2.5 34°45'0"N 112°1'0"W Owl R oad Pheasant Road 3.0 Verde River Greenway Paddle Trail Segment 2 20 Downstream Private Land Please Respect Property Owners 33 336 112°2'0"W Dead Horse Ranch State Park / Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 0 M oad 2.0 Flu ile Private Land Please Respect Property Owners me Scout Riffle Dead Horse Ranch Ranger Station Parking 34 00 DH R M 34°45'30"N her R Fly catc ile 1.5 Trees 34 Geologic Feature Flume 40 Trails River Access Point Roads 3480 33 Verde River Greenway Offices Hazard 20 34 112°1'30"W 0 0.05 0.1 80 112°2'0"W 0.2 0.3 0.4 Miles 0.5 This map is intended for reference use only. Accuracy of map information is not guaranteed. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or inconsistencies in this map. Verde River Paddle Trail Segment #2 River Description Mile 1.25 A short trail leads to the river from the Flycatcher Road parking area. Steps help boaters access the streambank. Mile 1.25 The pool located here is one of the longest on this portion of Verde River, generally stretching over a third of a mile. Mile1.35 The pipe suspended over the river is a flume delivering irrigation water to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Mile 1.65 The large pool ends with a small, shallow riffle. Mile 1.75 This riffle is often very shallow at low flows. Higher flows may send current into nearby trees. Mile 1.75 Old car bodies on river left are remnants of an erosion control technique that once enjoyed wide acceptance. Mile 1.9 This riffle send the current into the river right bank. Mile 2.0 Shallow riffle Mile 2.2 The stream gradient of the Verde River lessens here. Riffles in this vicinity can become very shallow and clogged. Mile 2.4 Heavy vegetation including cat tails, willows, reeds and cottonwoods appear to block the river channel here. Scout from river left. Mile 2.5 The river channel continue to be obstructed with prolific riparian species revegetating a former gravel pit. Proceed with caution and scout often. Mile 2.6 A cottonwood forest straddles the river channel here. Scout from river left. Mile 2.7 Bridge provide access to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. It was built in 1993 to replace a low water crossing. Mile 3.0 Dead Horse Ranch State Park River Day Use Area. r ive 3520 R No 112°0'0"W 34°44'30"N 3440 34°45'0"N s c es Ac 5.0 M 0 328 Ave ile g us Min ile M 4. 5 35 60 00 34 Verde River Greenway Paddle Trail Segment 3 80 34 0 336 Private Land Please Respect Property Owners Downstream 112°0'0"W 4. ile M 0 112°0'30"W For more information contact: Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 928-639-0312 www.azstateparks.com e rd Ve R G er iv l ai Tr 34°44'30"N ay w en re 328 0 328 0 80 32 r se Ho ad De d oa R nch Ra e 3.5 Mil Dead Horse Ranch State Park / Verde River Greenway State Natural Area Li m e Ki ln Riverfront Park St th 10 Tr ai l r he gf is Kin 34°45'30"N 112°1'0"W 112°0'30"W City of Cottonwood ad Ro 3440 0 332 Cultural Area of Interest Scout Hazard Trees Riffle Verde River Greenway Offices Parking Trails River Access Point Roads 34°45'30"N 0 0.05 0.2 le an tR Ph ea s lR Ow d oa 112°1'0"W 0.1 Mi oa d 3.0 0.3 34°45'0"N 0.4 Miles 0.5 This map is intended for reference use only. Accuracy of map information is not guaranteed. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or inconsistencies in this map. Verde River Paddle Trail Segment #3 River Description Mile 3.0 The Dead Horse Ranch State Park River Day Use Area provides paved access, parking, restrooms and water. Mile 3.1 Large steel beams protrude from the river left shoreline. These are called “jacks.” They are remains of an erosion control effort that followed the 1993 flood. Mile 3.2 A small riffle turns sharply left amid a cat tail patch. Mile 3.3 This riffle turns almost 90 degrees right and send current into erosion control boulders on the shoreline. Scout left. Mile 3.55 River right streambank is covered with many large chunks of broken concrete. They are an erosion control method. Mile 3.65 River channel turns right then left. A diagonal tree grows in the middle of the turn. Mile 3.9 River turns sharply left in small chute between trees. Mile 4.0 Box Canyon Wash enters river. Summer storms can flush gravel and debris into river. Willows block left channel. Scout on right. Mile 4.1 River turns 90 degrees to right. Verde River Lakebed Formation exposed at river level. Deep pool is a popular fishing and swimming hole. Public land on both sides of river for almost a half mile here. Mile 4.5 River flows through small dogleg amid trees and brush. Mile 4.6 Trees on river left. Mile 4.7 Shallow riffle Mile 4.95 River does tight dogleg to left. Current washes into gravel cutbank on river right. Trees and debris can clog narrow chute. Scout from river left. Mile 5.1 Mingus Avenue Extension Bridge. 111°59'0"W 111°59'30"W Verde River Greenway Paddle Trail Segment 4 6.5 Mile ne La or n hw ay yd Hig 89 A Ha 111°59'0"W For more information contact: Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 928-639-0312 www.azstateparks.com 3360 20 3440 Coconino National Forest 112°0'0"W 33 3400 3400 3440 34 80 34°44'0"N 6.0 Mile 34°43'30"N Downstream Private Land Please Respect Property Owners 34 80 Verde River Greenway State Natural Area 3480 34 40 3520 Private Land Please Respect Property Owners 111°59'30"W 5.5 Mile 34 00 in M gu 3280 ve 34°44'0"N sA River Access Point Ri ve rA cc Trees Trails es s Scout Roads 34°44'30"N 0 112°0'0"W 0.05 0.1 0.2 0.3 112°0'30"W 34°44'30"N No 112°0'30"W 0.4 Miles 0.5 This map is intended for reference use only. Accuracy of map information is not guaranteed. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or inconsistencies in this map. Verde River Paddle Trail Segment #4 River Description Mile 5.1 The Mingus Avenue Extension Bridge was completed in 2005 at a total cost of $20-million. There is NO public river access on either side of the river at this crossing. Mile 5.1 The river bends sharply right under the Mingus Bridge. The current flows into a tree and debris pile on river left. Mile 5.2 A tree on river left extends branches into the channel. Mile 5.3 A small gravel bar can be shallow at low flow. Mile 5.4 This large, still pool can be slow going with headwinds. Mile 5.65 River enters a VRG-SNA parcel. Mile 5.75 A large island gravel bar provides two channels. Paddle into the pool on river left to scout from the island. The left channel often features one or more log obstructions as well as beaver-chewed tree stumps. Please Respect Private Property on river left. Mile 6.0 Current in small riffle pushes toward left bank. Mile 6.15 River flows into trees on right stream bank. The pool here is normally big enough to allow space to avoid trees. Mile 6.25 Easy going paddling as end of Paddle Trail approaches. Mile 6.4 Nice riffle below bluff on river left. Mile 6.5 The Verde River Paddle Trail River Access Point is on river right. The take out is marked with a brown carsonite sign. The stream bank is often slippery. Boats and river gear must be carried about 100 yards along a sandy trail leading west to Haydorn Lane. Vehicle parking is allowed near the large gate fronting Haydorn Lane. The 1993 Flood damaged structures once located at this site. The land was subsequently acquired by the State of Arizona for the Verde River Greenway-State Natural Area. The Haydorn Lane RAP is Day Use Only.

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