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Clarkdale, AZ 86324


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 Verde River @ Clarkdale




Lower TAPCO River Access Point
3400 Sycamore Canyon Road, Clarkdale, AZ

Current Hours:  8:00 am-5:00 pm

The Lower TAPCO River Access Point is located

on approximately 110 acres of private property

owned by Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold,

Inc. The site is managed by, and subject to the

jurisdiction of, the Town of Clarkdale under an

Access License Agreement. The Access License

is revocable, so it is up to all of us to work together

to make sure the area is used responsibly.

This is a Day Use area and is open year round

(excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The entrance gate is locked on a nightly basis

and the time of the gate closure varies by season (the time of gate closure is posted at the gate). While the first

mile of Sycamore Canyon Road is paved, the remainder is dirt and travel can be limited during inclement weather.

If road conditions warrant closure of the Lower TAPCO River Access Point, signs are posted at the intersection

of Sycamore Canyon Road and Tuzigoot Road so that drivers do not travel on the dirt road.

The Lower TAPCO RAP has approximately 9 acres of

designated parking/roads, and has a small ½ acre area

designated for public and commercial boat launching.

We ask that boaters take the time to prep for their

launch while in the parking lots, and move down to

the boat launch area only when they are ready to

launch. This is an unloading area only, and in consideration

of other boaters, those launching should unload promptly

and move their vehicles from the boat launch area so that

others can launch without much delay. Portable toilets are

located in the parking lot directly above the boat launch site.

The east bank of the Verde River at the Lower TAPCO RAP includes approximately 3,500 feet of shoreline

that is perfect for picnicking, bird watching, photography or just enjoying the sights and sounds that the

River and its environment have to offer.

Day Use recreationalists will find this section of river inviting

for many activities. From the boat launch site down to Sandy

Beach, the river offers alternating pools of slow moving water

connected by short chutes of fast moving water. There are

four distinct “pond” areas, ranging in size from 4/10ths of an

acre to 2 acres, and the rapids in the chutes between offer an

exciting change from the relaxing float on the ponds.

Those who choose to walk from the Boat Launch area down

to Sandy Beach will cover about .45 miles and can choose a

variety of paths through the 9 acre floodplain that spreads out between the two sites. During normal river

flows, this area is dry, and you’ll be walking along the grassy river bank or through areas of alternating sand

and river cobble left by past flood events. No public vehicle access is allowed in this area, which is bordered

on the west by the River and its riparian vegetation, and on the east by a mesquite grove that transitions up

to the upper bench of the park (outside the floodplain).

All private vehicles entering the site are asked to register at the Self-Pay Station just inside the entrance gate.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle that enters the site. While the Lower TAPCO RAP is largely

undeveloped at this time, it is popular for many activities including kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bird and

wildlife watching, photography and swimming/wading.








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