Join us March 20-30, 2021!

The Verde River Runoff goes Virtual!

Celebrate Friends' 10th Anniversary with 10 days of paddling for $10!

The 2021 Verde River Runoff will be held as a virtual fundraising event, encouraging participants to paddle on their favorite body of water in honor of Friends! 

Join us in celebrating our beloved waters by registering for the 2021 Verde River Runoff. Paddle anywhere in the world, share your favorite moments from the water, and enjoy seeing highlights from other paddlers’ adventures.

Registration costs $10 for this 10-day paddle in celebration of Friends of the Verde River’s 10th year.

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About the Virtual Runoff

Run the Verde River, or join the paddle from ANY water body! Paddle the Verde River, or any body of water, anywhere in the world!

In September 2020, Friends hosted our first Virtual Verde River Runoff, where we connected with paddlers from across the country. Participants enjoyed the added push to get out on their favorite body of water and support the Verde River. We received many photos from all over the country, and this has inspired us to hold a photo contest for 2021! Send us your photos of your paddle; show us your adventures, share your stories, and tell us about the animals you were able to see and the habitats you experienced. 

Participate in our photo contest, and you could win new and exclusive “Purdy Verde” prizes.  All donations will go toward supporting Friends of the Verde’s mission to sustain healthy river flows, restoring habitats and promoting community stewardship.


Paddle any distance, on any body of water in the world! $10 to register.

All registrants will be entered to win a prize package of new, exclusive “Purdy Verde” merchandise.

Photo Contest

Snap a selfie on the water, take a few landscape pics, or photograph wildlife on the water body you paddle. Whatever you find beautiful on your paddle, we’d love to see as well! Share photos from your Verde River Runoff paddle, and the photo that we love the most will receive:

Purdy Verde blanket

Purdy Verde mug

Entry to the Run the Verde Raffle

To enter, tag your photos with the hashtag #FriendsRunoff on social media, or send your best pics to us!

Need to rent a boat?

Check out these excellent Verde Valley boat rentals!

Verde Adventures

Adventure Encounter

Safe Boating Information

We hope you will enjoy a beautiful, fun, and safe paddle during this year’s Verde River Runoff.

Please wear appropriate safety gear on the water, follow all local ordinances and COVID safety protocols, know your limits on the water, and check your maps before you go! Paddle with a buddy if you can. Please also check the rate of flow if you plan to paddle moving water, and be sure to confirm that flow conditions are safe to navigate. You can see USGS streamflow information here.

Click here to download a .pdf of safety information.

Enjoy this video of the Verde River Runoff by Critical Eye Photography – Doug Von Gausig.

Thank You to Our 2021 Runoff Sponsor

Thank you to our premier sponsor, Salt River Project for making this year’s Runoff possible!

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