Horseshoe Lake Paddle

The ranger station said the road to Horseshoe is passable in SUVs and trucks. Go slow. The use of low clearance passenger cars is NOT recommended.

This is a very long paddle. If you are not a strong paddler, it would be best to attend a shorter event on the calendar.

Horseshoe Lake aka Horseshoe Reservoir, hasn’t had this much water in it for several years. We will paddle the upstream towards the Rio Verde portion of the lake, until we run out of water. If we are lucky, the wildflowers will be in full bloom. Possible critters include great blue heron, deer, migratory ducks & geese, javelina, coyote, gray fox, bald eagle, osprey, bobcat and desert bighorn sheep. We had a couple swimming snakes last year.

Please keep in mind that this is Spring and the water will be cold. If you do happen to upset your boat and get wet, hypothermia is a possibility. Hypothermia can kill you. All paddlers are REQUIRED to wear life vest while on the water.

We will meet in the general area of the Ocotillo boat ramp before 10:00AM. Look for my green Dodge Dakota truck. Please arrive early to allow time for unloading and boat prep, as we will be on the water and gone by 10:15.

Distance will be 10-12 miles, depending on the group and water level. You are welcome to cut your paddle short at any time and return to the launch site, however, you must be accompanied by a buddy. Nobody paddles alone.

Dogs and children 11 and older who are experienced paddlers are welcome.

What to bring: sunscreen, camera, a life vest, hat, lunch, Tonto Pass and plenty of water.

Where are Tonto passes sold? >> http://tinyurl.com/2wvsqyl

Directions:
Horseshoe Reservoir is 23 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road 4-5 miles. Turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 6-7 miles. Look for the Horseshoe sign, then turn left on FR 205. Continue on FR 205 (a dirt road) for 11-12 miles to the lake and boat ramp area. The dirt road to the lake can get nasty, but is usually fine for cars. I will have a tow strap in case anybody gets stuck.

Consult Google Maps for driving directions and drive times from your location. Go to:

http://goo.gl/8keog

and put in your location in box “A”. Click “Get Directions”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Eldra J.

    Thank you Bob. For the paddle and for helping me.

    March 24, 2014

  • Mike

    This is turning into an epic paddle, all we need is that other hobe guy, I forget his name.

    March 23, 2014

  • Eldra J.

    What was the distance of the trip? Anybody know?

    March 23, 2014

  • joy c.

    Thank you Bob for organizing a remarkable paddle! And Faye, your cookies were a yummy addition! Beautiful uncrowded lake if you don't count all the birds! Eagles, cormorants, kingfisher, gulls, grebes, vermillion flycatcher, plover, turkey vultures, geese, ......and thanks to everyone for offering or assisting me with my inflatable kayak! So nice to meet everyone! Lastly, thank you Dennis for taking a few of us to the ruins....There is an interesting Hohokam Ruin built sometime between 1100 AD to 1300 AD located at approximately 33o 57' 37.24" N 111o 42' 24.45" W. There is evidence at this site of a sun watch station for astronomical purposes.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Babs

    Great day great people! Thanks!

    March 23, 2014

  • Faye K.

    It was a great paddle. LONG. But great

    March 22, 2014

  • George S.

    Thank you for your help after my swim. G.

    March 22, 2014

  • Faye K.

    Making cookies....

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Mark N ..Extra Average B.

    Lindsey,,,you have to post more

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Nine two eight eight nine zero seven one hundred

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Phone

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Phone

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Phone

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Looking for a ride for me and my boat. Live at 7th st and East Indian school but am

    March 21, 2014

  • Lindsey B.

    Looking for a ride for me and my boat. Live at 7th st and East Indian school but ameet

    March 21, 2014

  • Eldra J.

    George: I can't find your email. My email is [masked]. I have no problem with getting that.

    March 19, 2014

  • sharon

    George

    mike and I are going in a ford ranger pick up truck - sorry we only have room for two people but we can help out if your kayak needs a ride

    March 19, 2014

  • David

    I paddle a folder but due to the road conditions I will be taking my Big Red Truck so I have lots of room for a few yaks and maybe a couple passengers if they are friendly.

    March 19, 2014

  • George S.

    Eldra that would be fine. I sent you e mail yesterday please respond to it so we can work out the details. Thanks.

    March 19, 2014

  • Eldra J.

    I ask because I carry my kayak in the back of my pickup. If you don't mind your kayak lying against mine, I could pick you up. I tie them in.

    March 19, 2014

  • George S.

    My kayak is 10 feet long. I can't post this comment in the reply box for some reason. Thanks.

    March 18, 2014

  • Eldra J.

    What size kayak do you have?

    March 18, 2014

  • George S.

    Can anyone provide lift from North Scottsdale to the lake? Only have car so I won't be able to make it. Major X streets Scottsdale rd and Dynamite. Thanks G.

    March 17, 2014

  • luke e.

    Schedule conflict with work:( can't attend. Enjoy!

    March 16, 2014

  • Robert M.

    My favorite local reservoir when it has water. Sharon and I plan to kayak camp on Horeshoe Saturday night.

    February 26, 2014

  • Mark N ..Extra Average B.

    Last time a few egrets and one night heron and cormoran nests....cool stuff and only 2 other kayaks on the lake that were not with us!...Nice

    February 22, 2014

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