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Sunset and Moonlight Paddle on Saguaro Lake

Moonlit paddles offer a very different perspective and are a great opportunity to be enchanted by the mystery of the moonlight.

The very best way to be outdoors in midsummer in the Valley, light breeze on the water to cool you down, great people and conversation. Float time about 2 hours.

Moonrise at 3:09 P.M., sunset at 6:35

ITINERARY: 
1. Meet at Saguaro Lake Saguaro Del Norte Facility boat ramp #2 at 6:30 PM

map:

http://goo.gl/maps/nUjvm


2. 6:30 depart boat ramp and paddle around the lake
3. Return to vehicles around 8:30PM
If you are not familiar with Saguaro Lake, here are links to several maps.
http://www.saguarolakemarina.com/maps.html

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/wateractivities/recarea/?recid=35411&actid=82

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5208040.pdf

 

We will be meeting at Saguaro Del Norte Recreation Site Boat ramps. Go past the marina restaurant to the second ramp, down from the first ramp about a few hundred feet. Look for the Paddle Arizona sign.

Don’t forget your $6 TONTO parking pass ($100 fine if you get caught without one) . Tonto passes can be found at many Circle K stores on the way to the lake, or at Big 5 Sports.

Safety Protocols

Over the past month, our management team has been developing improved safety protocols for our night floats, and have received some additional consultation with outside experts in kayak safety. While we have not yet completed our development of these new protocols (hopefully this will occur by the end of this month), we present here our provisional ones. Please review these prior to the float, and consider whether this float is for you!

Level Of Difficulty: Intermediate due to low visibility, possible presence of motorized boats, and unpredicted weather changes

Required Paddle Experience

·  have significant prior paddle experience (more then several times)

·  You should know how to get back in your boat or feel comfortable with falling in the water with either your life vest on or with swimming, until someone is able to assist you getting back into your boat

·  If you are uncertain whether you have the above paddling experience, you may call the host of the event and explore whether the float is suitable for you.  The host of this event is Dave Zirin[masked]

Recommended Paddle Experience

It would be best if you have practice/training  in how to fall out of boat and get back into it with and without others to help

Required Equipment

1)  a life vest/pfd that  is the correct size and fitted

2)  a whistle that functions when wet (marine whistle): we will have whistles available for purchase at cost at this event for $3

3)  boat flotation (foam block in the bow or flotation bag): call host with questions

4)  sufficient lighting, at a minimum two glow sticks AND waterproof flashlight

5)  a 30 foot tow rope

6)  water

7)  snack

Recommended Equipment

·  an FRS radio (walkie talkie, two way radio), set to channel 4

·  extra set of dry clothes in a dry bag

·  first aid kit

Safety Talk

·  Prior to departure there will be on land safety talk

·  Weather conditions will be assessed and addressed if there exist concerns (e.g., wind and lightning)

·  We will appoint two sweeps and a lead 

·  We will form partnerships, commitment made to be with partner (s) throughout float

·  During safety talk, partners to help each other adjust life vest

·  Float plan will be discussed, rule established re 50 yards from shore at all times

·  All experienced boaters are expected to share other safety concerns they may have, will not rely on host for all information

·  All boaters are expected to share in ALL safety issues and concerns

 

Paddle Arizona Disclaimer & Assumption of Risk/Liability:

Paddling, like all sports have inherent risks and dangers. All paddlers (on behalf of him/her self and his/her minor children) are responsible for their own safety during Paddle Arizona floats, voluntarily accepts any and all risks of injury, harm, medical conditions, or property damage, assumes all liabilities, and waives any and all damages against Paddle Arizona (including its organizers, hosts, and members).


 

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  • Tim W.

    I had fun. Nice night to be out on the water. I took my dog out for the first time. She had never even seen water except in the shower for a bath. She was afraid of the tiny waves at the boat ramp, kind of funny. She did well in the kayak except for the one time she stepped off and then went under water for a second (had PDF on). I think she didn't expect to sink. I got to take her out during the day once....

    September 15, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Next time I will light my kayak up like a christmas tree;)

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Norman J

    Had a great time. Was good to see those that were able to make it out. Lesson learned, do not always assume another boat can see you on the water.

    September 15, 2013

  • Tim W.

    I have a long bed 4 door pickup truck, does any paddlers want to car pool to share the Tonto pass fee?

    We could meet at the Shell Station at Power Rd & McDowell.

    September 13, 2013

    • jeff

      Where do you live, carpool from the west side? Jeff

      September 13, 2013

    • Tim W.

      Sorry, I live in Mesa, near Higley Rd & Broadway Rd.

      September 14, 2013

  • Jason (.

    Dave,
    I have a +1, but was unable to include her when I RSVP. Can I bring a +1??

    September 11, 2013

    • JRiv

      I think so :) Dave? Jason is an experienced paddler :)

      September 11, 2013

    • Dave

      yes!

      September 13, 2013

  • Sam Freeman (.

    Is it possible to designate an experienced paddler so the 7 ppl wait listed can go ?

    September 13, 2013

  • James

    Just looking for people who like paddling

    September 11, 2013

  • James

    Just looking for people who like paddling

    September 9, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Can't wait! The last time I went it was so much fun!!

    September 8, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Have to go to Cal. or weekend. Hopefully next time! I am selling one of my inflatable kayas if anyone is interested. $50 bucks! Its a sit on top and I bought it a Big 5 for about $120 something.

    September 8, 2013

  • gary g

    Going back up to Show Low Monday. See you on another paddle.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Dave, I have two friends who would also like to attend this event. However, it seems because I was the last reservation available it would not allow me to add myself +2. I do understand and respect the limit to number of paddlers. I am just wondering if there is a way to add +2 on the waiting list?

    August 25, 2013

    • Dave

      I will likely open trip up to more persons, but keep in mind the newly added safety protocol regarding paddling experience.

      September 6, 2013

  • gary g

    Dave, Why do you have a limit on number of paddlers? Shouldn't make a difference. If I am in town, will be there.

    September 4, 2013

    • Dave

      safety safety safety. I may increase numbers.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, work got in the way this weekend!

    September 6, 2013

  • Tim W.

    I won't know if I can go until a day before. There are always no shows. I would hope that people would change their RSVP status if thet drop out so others can fill their spot.

    I think the point is for safety and not to have too large of a crowd in kayaks on a lake with careless power boaters.

    September 6, 2013

  • Mory

    What's a FRS radio?

    September 4, 2013

    • Tim W.

      Family Radio Service. A small walkie talkie you can buy in most sports stores and have a good range. They are small and easily operated and some are water proof. They are usually sold in pairs and made by major communication companies like Motorola & Uniden. I recommend Motorola T351 that I got at Costco for $69

      September 6, 2013

    • Tim W.

      You can pick up a quality set at most sport stores and electronic stores.

      September 6, 2013

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