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Lower Salt River - May 17th, 2014

Enjoy  a quiet morning on the Lower Salt River and share time with wild horses and abundant other wildlife.

The river is a good introduction to moving water for those who have prior experience paddling  on quiet water, but It should not be your first time in a kayak. Please no pets, children or alcohol.

Be prepared to be on the water for about 3 hours and to paddle (not just drift)  a distance of 8 miles with some current assist. Click here for a map

By sending an RSVP for this event you agree to wear a life jacket at all times  while on the water and to not consume alcohol prior to or during the event.


• Meet at the Water Users Bus Stop #1 Parking Lot at 7:00  A.M. to offload boats. 

• Start shuttle as soon as the majority of people, who arrive on time, have their boats carried to the water.  Please arrive early if your boat requires setup such as assembly or inflation.

• Shuttle vehicles  to the take-out at Phon D Sutton.  Several  drivers  will need to graciously volunteer to transport other drivers back to Water Users.  Later arrivals may have to leave their vehicles at Water Users and arrange a ride back to their vehicles after the paddle.

• Safety briefing and  launch will occur as soon as the shuttle drivers return from Phon D.

What to bring

• Your own kayak(or canoe), paddle, and PFD. Kayak and Canoe Rentals are NOT available at the Salt River

•One Tonto Forest Parking Pass per vehicle (The cost is $6.  You do not need the watercraft sticker for canoe/kayak).   Passes are available at most gas stations along Power Rd south of the 202. Check the Tonto Forest site for a complete list of other  locations.  Passes are NOT available at or anywhere near Water Users Parking lot.

• Sun protection - Sunscreen, sunglasses, SPF rated clothing, hat.

• Strap to prevent loss of glasses.

• 1 to 2 liters of water.

• Clothes that you can get wet.

•  Protection for anything that should not get wet or lost (dry bag or waterproof container)..

• Footwear with a heel or heel strap - no flip flops


• Second set of clothes to leave in your vehicle for a dry ride home

• Snacks for a "lunch"  when we stop for a break.

• Waterproof camera.


• Event Hosts are volunteers and this is not a fee for service event.  It is your responsibility to determine if your physical condition and ability are appropriate for the requirements of the event.  Please contact the event host if you have any questions

• Each member is responsible for their own safety.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the host directly or post a message to the meetup event.

• Each member is responsible for the safety and behavior of any  guests they bring.

• Please refer to DMP Event Policies for additional information.

Happy Paddling! Hope to see you on the Water!

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  • Faye K.

    Please let me know where you all are meeting for lunch

    May 13, 2014

    • Faye K.

      It was nice to see some friendly faves for lunch. Thanks for including the cripple for lunch.

      May 19, 2014

    • Mike

      In a couple of months you'll be typing like a pro with your right hand

      May 19, 2014

  • Darlene

    Loved seeing all of the wild life.

    May 18, 2014

  • Nancy M.

    Great trip! Thanks to everyone in the group for making us feel so welcome on our first paddle with you.

    May 17, 2014

    • Bobbe T.

      I was so glad to see you and love that you followed up on our conversation last year and joined DMP. Looking forward to more fun adventures.

      May 17, 2014

  • Deborah R.

    Thank you Arlene and fellow paddlers for another fab day in paradise. Perfect weather, wildlife and paddling! YAY!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Gilbert

    Thank you DMP's, another great Saturday morning!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Lindsey B.


    2 · May 17, 2014

  • Faye K.

    Maybe meet for lunch. No paddling for awhile broke my wrist

    May 12, 2014

  • Faye K.

    I was hiking and a mt biker crashed into me from behind. Now in cast and waiting for MRI to see if surgery required.

    May 13, 2014

    • Mike T

      I can't 'Like' this comment but as a cyclist I am sorry for that jerks attitude on the trail and would like to kick his *&*&^. He will get what's coming to him. Someone ought to hold trail etiquette classes.

      May 14, 2014

    • Mark N ..Extra Average B.


      May 16, 2014

  • Arlene C.

    Hi All, please be considerate of the leadership team on this site. It is not a blog, and unsanctioned activities should not be posted here. The leadership team goes to great effort to make sure that the planned activities are safe, have manageable numbers of attendees, and that correct information is provided for the event. If you would like to become an event leader, please contact Ron on the Meetup site members list privately.

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • michele d.

    I am torn between this paddle and lake pleasant adventure day. Just wondering if the river flows the same all season or is out peaked now? any info on furore paddles.. anyone?

    May 14, 2014

    • JRiv

      SRP has water customers, both cities, SRP water district users, some agriculture, who place water orders, so release is highly dependent on orders and available water to release. Robert would know as he used to work for the management agency releasing the water :) Since we are in a near record drought, water amounts released will be minimized as the Salt and Verde resevoirs are very low in capacity. Much more info on the SRP and US Bureau of Reclamation websites.

      May 14, 2014

    • michele d.

      Thanks for the info. Ha ha now, I'm torn because i kno its only going to get hotter from here on. Lol

      May 14, 2014


    K sounds good how did you break your wrist

    May 12, 2014


    Does anyone live in Scottsdale would love to hitch a ride with to one of these events,I would need room for my Oceantop kayak thou my kayak is dry docked at my moms house thxs Barb

    May 12, 2014

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