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The 1st Lower Salt River paddle of 2013! - Saturday March 16th

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  • Water Users Park (USFS)

    Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ (map)

    33.555637 -111.543410

  • Tan Chevy Pickup with canoe rack and Green Canoe - and DMP Banner
  • Will our dreams come true the second year in a row?  This is 2 weeks later than our 1st Lower Salt River paddle of 2012.

    This event is a great warmup for the upcoming Verde River trips later in the month.

    Ron the Canoe Guy

    Flows must be above 500cfs and this should not be your 1st time on moving water. Later in the Spring with higher flows will be a better experience for those of you new to moving water.













    It is time to paddle the Lower Salt River!
    This event is for EXPERIENCED ONLY PLEASE!

    There will be more opportunities in April!

    We will meet at the Water Users Bus Stop #1 Parking Lot so that the early arrivals can go
    ahead and move their boats and gear to the water's edge.
    (map and information about the Lower Salt can be found here

    As soon as enough people arrive, we will shuttle vehicles to the take-out
    at Phon D Sutton Access Area. One driver will graciously agree to drive the drivers back to
    Water Users.
    Later arrivals may have to leave their vehicles at Water Users and ride back to their
    vehicles after the paddle.

    This event requires everyone to wear a PFD
    (Personal Flotation Device - life vest - life jacket)
    and that no alcoholic beverages be consumed during the float.
    NO Exceptions! Please leave your pets and children at home.

    A safety briefing will be given prior to launching on our float.
    The main topics will cover "What to do if someone tips over!" and
    "What to do if I tip over!"
    This is for the safety of the group as a whole.

    Please bring the following in addition to providing
    your own kayak(or canoe), paddle, and PFD.

    Tonto Forest Parking Pass per vehicle
    (available at Big 5 Sporting Goods or
    convenience stores along Power Rd - you must
    purchase before arriving at the Water Users Parking Lot they are not
    available on site. You do not need the watercraft sticker for canoes and
    Sunglasses with safety strap
    Wide-brimmed Hat
    at least 2 liters of water if not more
    Snacks for a "lunch" stop if desired
    Wear clothes that you can get wet
    and Footwear should have a heel strap - no flip flops
    A 2nd set of clothes to leave in your vehicle for a dry ride home
    a Dry Bag or Waterproof Container for car keys etc

    Kayak and Canoe Rentals are NOT available at the Salt River

    Event Hosts are volunteers therefore 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 paddler is responsible for their own safety.
    Please refer to the message board discussion titled "Event Policies" for additional information.

    If you need additional information or have any concerns, you can email me
    directly or simply
    present your question to the meetup group.

    Happy Paddling! Hope to see you on the Water!


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  • Dorie P.

    conflict with plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden. Have fun you all!

    March 13, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    Tuesday March 5th - 247 cfs the min for this trip is 500 cfs
    let's hope they turn on the spigot!

    March 5, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    Tuesday March 12th - 219cfs

    March 12, 2013

  • Norma

    Was called into work :-(

    March 12, 2013

  • Claudia

    Would love to go Ron but will be working 12 hour shifts all weekend....arghhhh!!!!

    March 11, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    Sunday March 10 - 320 cfs - I'll make the call Thursday evening so everyone check you email Thursday night or Friday!

    March 10, 2013

  • Wil

    OOOps, Ron said 500cfs. Not quite there though.

    March 7, 2013

  • Wil

    As of today, the water level hasn't been high enough. We need about 600 cfs for it to be good to go. Anything lower, we will have stuck people. Mar 6th=277cfs, Mar 5th=398cfs

    March 7, 2013

  • Rick A.

    Sorry to cancel, but my shoulder has been bothering me. I don't think im up for paddling.

    March 5, 2013

  • Margaret and G.

    My husband and I would be in a tandem.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn. Other commitments that weekend. Have fun

    February 27, 2013

  • Sharon T

    Bob and I will be paddling tandem canoe.

    February 23, 2013

  • Rich

    I had a great time at Alamo Lake. That was one GREAT paddle, the lake was calm and the eagle display was something to have seen. The conversation after dark around the fire was enjoyable.. Need to do more often.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Rich

    Hi Ron, this is Rich Comstock....I will be joining you on March 16.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • michele d.

    Tough choice this weekend..I'm flip flopping like a fish out of river .

    February 18, 2013

  • Rick A.

    Time to try a new AZ. River. Melissa and I are looking forward to it.

    February 1, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    RSVPs will open the end of January

    December 29, 2012


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