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The Agua Fria River, in my humble opinion, is the best one-day run in Arizona. I’ve said as much in Paddling Arizona, and often questioned the claim. Yet the Agua always delivers. When tornado inducing thunderstorms raked the area on October 6th, the river came up, according to the usgs gages. Jesse Perry, Jonothan Olsen, and I made it to the Badger Springs put-in by 11 am, only to find a measley 8 cfs in the creek! Just as we schemed a plan B, Jesse exclaimed, “It’s coming up.” Thirty minutes later we were launching on a robust 250 cfs.


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