Postponed Until September 12, 2020!

Friends of the Verde River proudly presents the 8th Annual Verde River Runoff. The Runoff will be held on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 in Camp Verde. This 5-mile fun float and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. Participants can select from multiple entry categories to challenge themselves, engaging every type of boater with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations.

The 5- and 10-mile races are a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime spring runoff season for river running in the Verde Valley. The river winds through public lands set against the picturesque white gypsum cliffs of Camp Verde. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile fun float 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.


Our Safety Team is comprised of local paddlers with varying backgrounds, from professional rescuers to seasoned river enthusiasts, all with extensive knowledge of the Verde River. With varying backgrounds and skills, the Team trains together before each season’s event, and are able to combine the techniques to create a comprehensive and solid Safety Set Up for the Race!

Click the links below for additional information.

Safety Tips                    Directions                   Race Day Information

Need to rent a boat?

Rentals will become available as the event draws nearer.

Click here to rent a single or tandem inflatable kayak (Check back if not yet available).

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival

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

The Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of Camp Verde’s pecan growers and wineries. The Festival includes nut and wine tastings, vendors, and music. This spring event coincides with the Verde River Runoff and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s Archaeology fair.

Run the Verde and enjoy the Spring Hertiage Pecan & Wine Festival, which celebrates 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.

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

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