East Verde River

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East Verde River
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Gila County
City Payson (town)
Source Mogollon Rim
 - location near Washington Park, Tonto National Forest
 - elevation 7,003 ft (2,135 m) [1]
 - coordinates 34°27′01″N 111°15′08″W / 34.45028°N 111.25222°W / 34.45028; -111.25222 [2]
Mouth Verde River
 - location near Cedar Bench, Tonto National Forest
 - elevation 2,470 ft (753 m) [2]
 - coordinates 34°17′11″N 111°39′54″W / 34.28639°N 111.66500°W / 34.28639; -111.66500Coordinates: 34°17′11″N 111°39′54″W / 34.28639°N 111.66500°W / 34.28639; -111.66500 [2]
Basin 331 sq mi (857 km2) [3]
Gila River basin, including Verde River

The East Verde River is a tributary of the Verde River in the U.S. state of Arizona. Beginning on the Mogollon Rim near Washington Park, it flows generally southwest through Gila County and the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix. Near the middle of its course, it passes to within about 5 miles (8 km) of Payson, which is southeast of the river. The East Verde River flows through parts of the Mazatzal Wilderness west of Payson.[4]

The Salt River Project (SRP) supplements the natural flows on the East Verde River with water pumped from Blue Ridge Reservoir on East Clear Creek in Coconino County. The water travels 17 miles (27 km) by pipeline to the East Verde at Washington Park, from whence it flows toward the Verde River and the SRP reservoir behind Horseshoe Dam.[5] A significant fraction of the Blue Ridge water release of 11,000 acre feet (14,000,000 m3) a year is allocated to communities along or near the East Verde River. The U.S. Congress has set aside 3,000 acre feet (3,700,000 m3) a year for Payson and 500 acre feet (620,000 m3) for other northern Gila County communities.[6]


The Arizona Game and Fish Department lists the following fish species among those living in the East Verde River: rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and sunfish.[7]


  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "East Verde River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. February 8, 1980. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Water-Data Report 2011: 09507980 East Verde River near Childs, AZ" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 15, 2012. This is the basin size above the Childs gauge, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from the river mouth.
  4. ^ Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer. Freeport, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-89933-325-0.
  5. ^ Aleshire, Pete (May 3, 2011). "Blue Ridge Water Gushes Down East Verde River". Payson Roundup. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Aleshire, Pete (September 9, 2011). "SRP Puts a Price Tag on Its Water". Payson Roundup. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Mogollon Rim". Arizona Game and Fish Department. 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.

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