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
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.
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