Registration begins February 8, 2018

Friends of the Verde River presents the 6th Annual Verde River Runoff.  The runoff will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 in Camp Verde. This 5 and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race is a popular event that draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike.  Participants select from multiple entry categories to challenge every type of boater with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations.  The race and fun float is a competitive event as well as a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime season for river running in the Verde Valley.  The course will wind its way through mostly Forest Service lands set against the picturesque backdrop of white gypsum cliffs of Camp Verde. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile at the River Access at Clear Creek.  Both races end at Beasley Flats.  The river has a nice current with Class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all.  Join us for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival.  Besides being a lot of fun, proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. Registration fees: $25/Fun Float, $50/10 Mile Race.

Need to rent a boat?

Click here to rent a single or tandem inflatable kayak.

Enjoy this video of the 2016 Verde River Runoff

by Critical Eye Photography – Doug Von Gausig.

2018 River Runoff Categories & Awards

Awards will be presented at the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival in Camp Verde after the race for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the categories listed below.


1st Place: $50.00
2nd Place: $35.00
3rd Place: $20.00

White Bridge to Beasley Flat

  • Men’s Solo Hard-shell Kayak
    1st  2nd  3rd
  • Women’s Solo Hard-shell Kayak
    1st  2nd  3rd
  • All Tandem Hard-shell Kayak
    1st  2nd
    Men’s Solo Inflatable Kayak
    1st   2nd 
  • Women’s Solo Inflatable Kayak
    1st   2nd
  • All Tandem Inflatable Kayak
    1st    2nd
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
    1st  2nd
  • All Canoes
    1st  2nd   3rd

Clear Creek to Beasley Flat “Fun Float”

No awards.

Location: Boater check in begins at 7am at White Bridge River Access Point in Camp Verde, just off of Highway 260. This is also the starting point for the 10-mile race. The end of the race is at Beasley Flat, a U.S. Forest Service Recreation Area.

The 5-mile race starting point is located at the Clear Creek RAP. The river difficulty is class I-II.
This event is made possible through a special use permit from the Prescott National Forest.

Race start time: Starts will begin at 10 am,  and should be completed no later than 3pm. 
Please note that there is no available parking at either RAP on the morning of the race. There will be limited
roadside parking near White Bridge.

Shuttles will be provided from Beasley Flat to starting locations.

The River difficulty is class 1-11. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Any paddler under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival

Verde River Runoff Awards will be presented at the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival after the race.

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival is a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the one-of-a-kind Wild & Scenic Verde River–the last river in Arizona to flow year-round for its entire length. This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, and activities for kids on the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown.

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