Full Moon Paddle at Tempe Town Lake


Full Moon Paddle at Tempe Town Lake

Friday, September 20th at 6:30PM

This is a joint paddle with the Arizona Outdoor Activities Meet-Up Group.

Tempe Town Lake is the largest body of water close to Phoenix. At 220 acres, it is bigger than Watson and Willow Springs lakes and has no powerboats.

We will be meeting at the marina boat ramp (see map below), not the boat beach, which is under Mill Ave. The marina has clean restrooms, water fountains and soda machines. The parking lot closest to the water can fill up quickly. If full, you can park in the overflow lot north of the boat storage yard. You may unload your boat on the grassy area separating the parking lot and the lake. Not many places to sit, so bring a chair or blanket.

You must have a Town Lake permit. If you do not have a permit, you will need to buy one ahead of time at the Tempe Library Recreation Office (480)[masked] (open until 5PM Fridays) or Pyle Adult Recreation Center (480)[masked] (open until 4PM). The fee is $10. PERMITS ARE NOT SOLD AT THE LAKE. Paddle without a permit at your own risk.Click here for the addresses and hours: http://www.tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=844


All boats operating after dark and before sunrise are required to have lights while boating on Town Lake.

Lights are required to be physically attached on the boats and not on the paddlers.

Lights need to be visible from all sides (360 degrees).

A white light must be places on the stern (back) of the boat so that it can be reached by at least one person in the boat and waved in case of an emergency.

A red light or a red/green light (this is preferred) must be placed on the bow (front) of the boat.

Boats without proper lights are subject to fines. Call the numbers above if you are not clear on these rules.

Please arrive BEFORE 6:30 to allow time to unload your boat and park. We will be on the water by 6:45. This is a trip for all skill level paddlers. As will all my paddles, you must wear a life vest while on the water. Children are welcome. Dogs with canine life vests are also welcome.

Visit the Tempe Town Lake website for more into or to print out the permit form.


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  • Bob W. aka Hobie B.

    Finally put together all the video I shot at TTL, with a little music to match the light show. http://goo.gl/BO2uyO

    October 4, 2013

  • Blaine T.

    Can't wait to do it again.

    September 21, 2013

  • Julie

    A very nice evening on the lake with a great group of people

    September 20, 2013

  • Bobbe T.

    Can someone please write directions of how to get to the boat ramp from 202 if I am driving from Phoenix and going west? I can certainly see the map, but do not see/remember the streets and turns that will take me to the boat ramp/marina. Thanks so much

    September 20, 2013

    • Bob W. aka Hobie B.

      Tempe Town Lake is east of Phoenix. On the 202 Freeway, get off at Scottsdale Road. The first street you come to is a dinky side street called Gilbert Dr. Turn left on Gilbert and it will take you under the freeway and you'll be heading towards the lake. If there is room, park in the small lot south of the fenced boat storage yard and north of the grassy knoll. We'll be somewhere along the eastern edge of the knoll. Try Google maps if you need more details.

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Blaine T.

    Public Service Announcement. If you are having a had time finding red and green lights for the bow of you kayak I found a set of 2 led flashlights at home depot for $9 that are white, red, green or flashing red.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    I hate to be one of the cancel-at-the-last-minute people. Unfortunately the logistics just don't work out. My apologies. Have FUN!

    September 19, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Hope there will be a weekend float at Tempe Town Lake soon since it is closer to me and easier to get to.

    September 18, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Have to work late :(

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly can no longer attend. Hope to attend a meet up soon!

    September 16, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    I had to cancel as I am going to Albuquerque for a friend's graduation. I look forward to participating one day. I have not been out kayaking in so long.

    September 16, 2013

  • Dubey

    I have to cancel. I'm going to a Yarnell 19 fundraiser that evening. Be safe, have fun.

    September 12, 2013

  • Jim & Jane T.

    Do we need a pass? How do we get one?

    August 18, 2013

  • sharon

    going to have to cancel on this one - we don't have lights necessary for doing this paddle

    August 17, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    This sounds amazing. I believe I will be back in time from a week of travel. Please list me as tentative. Glad permit is only $10 as I had thougth it was $50. :)

    August 16, 2013

    • Bob W. aka Hobie B.

      Annual permits for non-Tempe residents are $50 per year. Daily is $10.

      August 17, 2013

  • Jim T.

    does my child have to wear a canine life vest?

    August 16, 2013

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