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
1. Meet at Saguaro Lake Saguaro Del Norte Facility boat ramp #2 at 6:30 PM
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.
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.
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
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
· an FRS radio (walkie talkie, two way radio), set to channel 4
· extra set of dry clothes in a dry bag
· first aid kit
· 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).