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Canyon Lake Day Float, Optional Full Moon Float and Campout

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Plan A The impasse is over

Since they will likely reopen the recreations areas, the following changes will likely be in effect (conformation will be forthcoming later today or this evening). The only changes are to the float times and launch locations.

Float times

Saturday morning, 8:30 A.M. meet time, launch at 8:45 A.M.

We will launch from Acacia Recreation Area

http://goo.gl/maps/ubEu5

You need a Tonto Pass to park. If you want to float for free, park at the bridge and carry your boat to the water from there. Meet us at Acacia at launch time. We will  head out to beer can point or beyond, be back by noon. If you want to carpool from our campground to reduce costs, be there by 8 A.M.

Link to the Bridge

http://goo.gl/maps/rZucA

Link to our campground

http://goo.gl/maps/QylXu

Our morning float will be several hours.

Saturday night moonlight float, 7:00 P.M. meet time, launch by 7:15

Moonrise at 6:30 P.M.

Again, we will launch from Acacia. We may have free Tonto passes from folks that floated in the A.M. who do not want to go on the moonlight float. Float to beer can point and back, float time of 2 hours.

Plan B (If for some reasons the recreation areas do not open in time)

If the impasse is over, there will be some minor revisions re launch times and locations.

Float times

Saturday morning, 7:45 A.M. meet time, launch at 8:15 A.M.

There will be two places to launch, by the bridge (free, but a walk with kayak down the bank), and the Marina ($10 per boat). We will rendezvous on the water from the separate launch areas and head out to beer can point or beyond, be back by noon.

Link to the Bridge

http://goo.gl/maps/rZucA

Link to the Marina

http://goo.gl/maps/eXtG5

Link to our campground

http://goo.gl/maps/QylXu

The reason for early float time, is to insure parking at the bridge and the Marina. This past Saturday the Marina parking was all full at 8:30. Also, to minimize number of spaces needed, I suggest we carpool from our camp area (see below for directions if you are coming up for the day or night floats only). We need to leave the camp site by 7:30.

If you plan to go on your own to the Marina to launch, you need somehow to let us know so we can rendezvous with you on the water, such as stopping off at the bridge to communicate your intentions, or try calling on a walkie talkie set to channel 4. We will meet near Acacia launch (in between the bridge and the Marina). If you are floating from the Marina, float there by 8:30 A.M., staying close to the left shore. We will have our safety talk on the water in front of Acacia.

Acacia Recreation Site

http://goo.gl/maps/t0kVv

Our morning float will be several hours.

Saturday night moonlight float, 7:00 P.M. meet time, launch by 7:15

Moonrise at 6:30 P.M.

Again, I suggest we car pool from campsite to minimize cars needing parking spaces, though likely less of a problem at this hour. Float to beer can point and back, float time of 2 hours. Launch from the Bridge or Marina, meet in the middle. Communicate your intentions as above if you plan to launch independently.

Camping

Link to campsite above, look for Paddle Arizona signs. I will try to get there around 3 P.M. to set up camp.

Our shared pot luck dinner Saturday night will be early at 5:30 so we can get to the launch by 7. Have dinner at the Marina if you want, or bring a sandwich to have on the water.

Sunday

Decision about a Sunday float will be made by whomever is left standing

Canyon Lake is the third of four artificial reservoirs along the Salt River east of Fountain Hills created as part of the Salt River Project to supply water for the Phoenix metro area known as 'The Valley of the Sun.' The lake was created in 1925 when the Mormon Flat Dam was completed. It is the smallest of the Salt River Project (SRP) reservoirs. The surface area of the lake is about 950 acres at full capacity. Canyon Lake is the first lake you will see when driving up the Apache Trail (Route 88) from Apache Junction.

 http://www.fountainhillsguide.com/lakes/canyon-lake-az.aspx

If you are coming for the night float:

Night Float Safety Protocol (provisional)

Requirements

This Event is not open to beginner paddlers who have only paddled a few times. You should at least feel comfortable falling in the water until someone comes to assist you. If you have questions about your ability to join this float, call the host to talk it over (Dave at[masked]).

Must bring a fitted Life Vest, whistle that functions when wet (may be available for purchase on float), sufficient lighting (minimally two glow sticks for front and back, and a water resistant or waterproof flashlight).

No alcohol on float, must be sober

Recommendations

Experience/training in self and assisted rescue, bring an air horn, a 15' tow rope or throw bag, a two way radio/walkie talkie tuned to channel 4, have boat flotation in the bow of your boat, first aid kit, plenty of snacks and water, dry bag with dry clothes

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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  • Greg M.

    Great weather, good to meet new folks. Missed camping out but had a nice tour of the lake by pontoon in the afternoon.

    October 21, 2013

  • Brenda

    Great day for paddling. Thank you Dave for organizing, I enjoyed meeting and chatting with y'all. Hope to paddle again soon with your group.

    October 21, 2013

  • JRiv

    The moon light Paddle and company Friday was most excellent too and it was fun camping overnight. I stayed as long as I could Saturday, then left as my teen's were coming over. It didn't sound like anyone camped overnight Saturday?

    October 20, 2013

  • gary g

    The "Full moon Paddle" had to be the best Full moon paddle I ever been on. It was awesome! We paddled up Boulder creek, the canyon was so dark, than have the moon luminate the canyon walls as the Harvest moon come over the mountain. It was so bright, you could see the reflection of the canyon walls off the mirror like water. It was Beautiful!!! We need to do this again.
    The morning paddle was excellent also. Great day, great paddle with great friends, What a Day. !
    Thanks Dave over putting this together

    October 20, 2013

  • marlene

    Awesome day! Thank you Dave!

    October 20, 2013

  • Lori B.

    What an awesome moonlight paddle! Thanks Dave-much appreciation for all you do!

    October 20, 2013

  • Henry

    Incredibly beautiful day. Thanks Dave for organizing.

    October 19, 2013

  • Dave

    No one is camping at this point. Ill be there for night paddle.

    October 19, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Ken had to work this morning, plan to come for moonlight paddle.

    October 19, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Ill be on the lake later! Just got my computer working.

    October 19, 2013

  • Marshall

    I was just out to Beer Can Point today, Friday, 10/18/13 and no one has serviced the site. Bring your own TP etc. I doubt if they will have all services restored until after the weekend. I will only be able to attend for part of the day.

    October 18, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Have to work sat morn - didn't make the deadline :( If I get off in time I want to do the night float and would like to camp if there's still room.

    October 18, 2013

  • Dave

    I will meetup you up at the campground at 7 A.M., unlead my camping gear, head with you all to Acacia. Have a great night.

    October 18, 2013

  • Mark N ..Extra Average B.

    Someone need a boat for Sat AM float??...have your people tell my people...

    October 18, 2013

  • Dave

    getting to campsite Friday later then expected, more like 5 P.M. Reserve a spot for me.

    October 18, 2013

    • JRiv

      OK. Driving there now

      October 18, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Oops, forgot I got talked into doing the Bisbee Stair climb. Bummer, this sounds like more fun....next time guys! :)

    October 4, 2013

    • Diane M.

      Hey JRiv, just saw your note! Stair climbing is a better workout, but I agree not as much fun as paddling. Plus I've never been to Bisbee....Have fun at the lake! :)

      October 18, 2013

    • JRiv

      Thanks Diane.. Heading out there now. Enjoy Bisbee ' a fun place to be too

      October 18, 2013

  • Dave

    I have revised launch times and locations since they will likely re open the recreation areas, in the description, confirmation will be sent later today or tonight.

    October 17, 2013

    • JRiv

      Dave, I'm going up there Friday late afternoon to camp and paddle early morning. Leaving about 10 am Sat. from there.

      October 17, 2013

  • gary g

    Just got back from Canyon Lake. All open, the gate at Acicia is open as well as every where else. . It was beautiful this morning kayaking, very little wind and the weather couldn't have been better. If this is a Ditto for Saturday, it is going to be a perfect day.

    2 · October 17, 2013

    • JRiv

      Thanks for the update

      October 17, 2013

  • Dave

    Wind Report: Saturday A.M. 5 miles per hour, Saturday night 2 Miles per hour.

    October 17, 2013

  • gary g

    Yes, I am going out to Canyon Lake this morning (Thur) to check it out. They are suppose reopen today. They just reopen the WW II memorial.

    October 17, 2013

  • gary g

    I'll be there in the morning to paddle, I am going to Canyon Lake in morning to kayak and check out the gate at Acacia landing. Will let everyone know if they open it up. The are suppose to open it up in the morning.

    October 16, 2013

    • Dave

      Gary, you mean Thursday morning? Have you heard they are supposed to open it up tomorrow?

      October 16, 2013

  • Janet

    Have to bow out this time. Hope we have another Canyon Lake trip again soon. See you in Havasu.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • JRiv

    yeah... looks like the Fed government shutdown will be ending soon

    October 16, 2013

  • Henry

    I'll be driving out there for the Sat morning float.

    October 15, 2013

  • Tim W.

    Anyone going up Friday to camp?

    October 8, 2013

    • JRiv

      I'm planning on camping Friday night, kayaking Sat. morning but leaving after that.

      October 15, 2013

    • Tim W.

      I'm not going to make this one, too many other things I have to do this weekend. Have fun & be safe.

      October 15, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Just going to come for the night float and potluck and hopefully a float on Sunday morning.

    October 15, 2013

  • Steven M.

    Coming for Saturday morning only. I hope they are able to keep the marina open. Some National Park Service leased facilities were forced to close even though there are no gov't employees, strange logic!

    October 13, 2013

    • Dave

      The Marina will stay open, just talked to them this morning.

      October 14, 2013

  • Angel

    Hi all! I talked to the a guy at the marina that rents kayaks. He only has 4 kayaks and will not take reservations. I'd be really bummed to get there and have nothing available. Anybody know of another rental place for this lake?

    October 4, 2013

    • Late Nate ✌.

      Look up No Snow paddleboards in Mesa they actually have 2 kayaks that they rent I'm sure u could total reserve one tell em you be paddling with Nate :-)

      1 · October 13, 2013

    • Angel

      Thank you for the suggestion Nate. Another kayaker was kind enough to volunteer one of his to borrow. I will check out No Snow though because I'll probably need rentals in the future.

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • marlene

    News is saying they are turning boaters away at Canyon Lake! Maybe this shut down will be over by the time we go,,,,,,maybe?

    October 4, 2013

    • JRiv

      The Canyon lake Marina private operation there does not own the land there at Canyon lake. They have a long term lease with the US govn't. to manage and operate the marina, campground there, but like most lakes in the west, the property is federal land. In any case, they are not affected by a federal shutdown unless it goes on for many years.

      October 13, 2013

    • Brenda

      Hubby and I went up to Bartlett Lake yesterday, awesome time. Again, we were the only ones out there for a $20 fee. We can't wait to go to Canyon this weekend :)

      October 14, 2013

  • Late Nate ✌.

    Awesome !! Looking forward to this one. Deffo wanna camp Sat. With you all :-D

    October 13, 2013

    • JRiv

      Cool Nate, see you there

      October 13, 2013

  • David w.

    would love to go, haven't paddled in weeks, but it's hockey season so no time off for me.

    October 13, 2013

  • suzanne p.

    Has anyone checked into reserving tent or camper spaces at the marina and campgrounds? Those are run privately by Canyon Lake.

    October 11, 2013

    • Dave

      yesterday that had an open site for Friday night, but none for Saturday night

      October 12, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Sorry I just read no reservations needed.

    October 12, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Would like to camp but if we can park at the campsite will sleep in my car since I don't have camping gear. So I need to know if I need to reserve a place.

    October 11, 2013

    • Greg M.

      I have extra gear I could lend. May be staying on a boat at the marina but not certain

      1 · October 11, 2013

    • Kathleen O.

      Dave do we need to make reservations to camp there, or have you already done that? Thanks Greg, but I would sleep better in my car (no rocks, or scorpions...which I fear) Perhaps someone else would like to borrow the gear from you.

      October 12, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    so sorry that I cannot attend after all. I know I will miss a very good time with wonderful people. Looking forward to the next event.

    October 11, 2013

  • Jim T.

    Sorry to say this... but work has intervened and I am no longer available to go this weekend. I do hope to meet you all soon on another paddle. Enjoy!

    Jim

    October 11, 2013

  • Dave

    This trip is going to happen one way or another. Jriv and I are working on Plan A (shutdown ends), and Plan B (shutdown continues). We will have our day and night floats, no one is going to stop us, not even an act of Congress.

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Norman J

    I am unable to do the day time paddle however I would love to participate in a full moon float.

    October 10, 2013

  • Tim W.

    Besides the Government shutdown, check this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea/?recid=35549&actid=42

    It looks like the Boulders Rec Area has been closed since August due to low water levels and the Keyhole area closes annually on Oct 15th.

    With the shutdown, there is no one to call at the Tonto FS office to ask.

    Looks like a Tonto Pass is required.

    Even though the marina is private, it is possible the Lake is closed because of the gov shutdown.

    October 7, 2013

    • JRiv

      Canyon lake is 97.5 % full http://www.watershedm...­

      October 7, 2013

    • JRiv

      The August lowering of water in late August was a temporary thing. The water levels were back to 96 - 97 % full 2 days later. I verified this by looking back at data from SRP via the watershedMonitor website. The Boulder keyhole area in the area further back in the cove. The front parking lot at Boulder Rec site was open until the fed. Government shutdown. Much of the Tonto Natl. Forest website is old info and is not being updated for obvious reasons (staffing)

      October 7, 2013

  • steven j k.

    Angel, I have an extra kayak that I will bring for you...

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Angel

      Thank you, thank you! I appreciate that, Steve.

      October 5, 2013

  • Diane M.

    I would be interested in camping.

    October 4, 2013

  • Jason N

    am on a waitlist for another backpacking trip this weekend. I would be interested in camping overnight for sure. Are reservations for campsites required or first come/first serve?

    October 1, 2013

    • JRiv

      There are just a few campsite's on the shoreline of the lake but that's pretty hit and miss.

      October 1, 2013

    • JRiv

      USFS, free boat accessable camps I've referring to

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thx for organizing

    September 21, 2013

  • Jane T.

    I think there's a marina on the lake that rents kayaks. Be sure it has a plug! A friend rented on Bartlett - no plug, water came in, he froze!

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • JRiv

      Angel, Boating in the cove area of the Boulder Recreation site in the day light is a good area and time to learn as no power boats are allowed there. There are signs on the bridge that mark this boundary. The Marina and it's boat slips and docks are just north of this toward the open water of the rest of Canyon lake.

      September 17, 2013

    • JRiv

      All, The moonlight paddle portion at night will have additional requirements including at least novice paddling experience and some required equipment. Some of these requirements are presently being worked out as to requirements for night time paddling by the Paddle Arizona officers / organizers / managers.

      September 17, 2013

  • steven j k.

    Yes to camping for me...

    September 16, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    I would love to attend and camp. :)

    September 16, 2013

  • Jim T.

    Are you planning to paddle to the Horse Mesa Dam that holds back Apache Lake?

    September 16, 2013

  • Angel

    I'm interested in going. .. Can anyone tell me were I can rent or borrow a kayak?

    September 15, 2013

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