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Arizona whitewater, Black River - & East Fork

Apache county, Below Wildcat Point section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     90 miles
Approximately 5-6 miles downstream from Wildcat bridge the Blackriver crosses the boundary of the FT Apache and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservations.  In the 2009-2010 tribal regulations on page 22 ''Whitwater Rafting Regulations Salt River Canyon only''.  This would make Blackriver closed to whitewater rafting.  Both tribes have active law enforcement officers, so don't chance it.

The nature scenery of Arizona and the cool fresh
    water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Safford, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Below Wildcat Point stretch of Black River - & East
Fork is 90 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful Mogollon Rim Mountains scenery is an added bonus. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking  
spots in Arizona tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Not much rain falls here at Black River - & East Fork.

Black River - & East Fork, Below Wildcat Point road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Black River - & East Fork.
 Whitewater Near Black River - & East Fork:
Black River - & East Fork, Apache County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 90 miles long (Below Wildcat Point)
 Ski Areas Near Black River - & East Fork:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 25 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 97 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Black River - & East Fork:
PVC At The Roundhouse Resort, Pinetop , 23 miles away
Super 8 Pinetop, Pinetop , 24 miles away
Quality Inn Pinetop, Pinetop , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PINETOP, Pinetop , 25 miles away
Best Western Inn Of Pinetop, Pinetop , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River - & East Fork:
North Bonito Prairie Tank - Apache Res, Fort Apache, 5 miles away
Lower Big Bonito Creek - Apache Res, Fort Apache, 5 miles away
East Bonito Prairie Tank - Apache Res, Fort Apache, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River - & East Fork:
Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest National Park - AZ , 62 miles away
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Arizona , 35 miles away
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River - & East Fork
Christmas Tree Lake, Apache , 14 miles away
Hawley Lake, Apache , 17 miles away
Earl Park Lake, Apache , 17 miles away

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