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Lower Salt River river trip, Water Users Rec site to PhonD Sutton rec site

  • Jun 15, 2014 · 6:45 AM
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Lower Salt River trip :) Water Users Recreation site to PhonD Sutton Recreation site, Tonto National Forest.  All paddlers,  boats, kayaks, canoes, inflatable kayaks, SUP's welcome if you have the skill to travel the river at 450 cubic feet per second.  :)

Recommended skill level: Beginner to Expert, some experience in your boat on a river recommended at this lower water level.

6:45 - 7:00 am Sunday morning June 15 arrive at Put In (aka launch site) at Water User's Rec. site.  See map

The journey downriver will take ~  3.5 hours   if we stop at couple times along the way.

Salt River flow below Steward Mtn. Dam>>>,00060

Meet up at Water Users Recreation Site, Tuber Bus Stop #1 Parking Lot. This is the downstream parking lot.

As boaters arrive they can carry their boats and gear to the river put in beach in the coolness of the morning air.

As soon as most if not all people arrive, we will shuttle vehicles to the take-out at PhonD Sutton based on size of vehicles and number of participants.





Here's a link to a map of the Lower Salt river area...

Bring these items to the river:

1. Tonto Forest Parking Pass per vehicle

2. Boat, Paddle

3. PFD (Personal Floatation Device) to be worn while on the river.

4. Sunglasses with retainer strap, etc.

5. Your favorite Sun Hat

6. Wear quick dry clothing with good freedom of movement for paddling and appropriate foot wear for rivers, high quality sandals designed for river, Teva's, Chacos or other river water shoe.

7. Water, 2-3 quarts in a reliable container or containers.

8. small cooler, snacks, your favorite drink

9. Sunblock with at least a 30 SPF rating
10.A fun loving positive attitude :)

For those of you new to rivers with beginning river experience, please watch this video:

Safety Talk: We will have our "safety talk"  just before  we launch our boats and will check the fit of PFD's, demonstrate river swimming position, Lead and sweep boats.

Inexperienced paddlers will be assigned a buddy to help keep an eye on less experienced paddlers.

While Paddle Arizona hosts and organizers are not necessarily experienced boaters that will give you instruction or guidance, there are usually experienced member boaters on our trips that are available to help, including pulling you out of the water if you go for an unexpected swim. (Alternatively, you may want to go for a planned swim to cool off! )

You'll want some protection for your camera. Leave other electronic devices in your car, or bring in a dry bag. Make sure all valuables are secured in your boat.

Members are expected to bring and wear a personal floatation device (PFD) during the river trip and not drink alcoholic beverages before or during the river trip.

We may go somewhere depending on interest, after the river trip to socialize and have lunch.

You may want to bring a whistle to alert others if you get into trouble. Refer to the club rules and responsibilities in the "about us" section of our web page for other important considerations.

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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  • Beverly H.

    Beautiful as always. Great to see everyone. Happy Fathers day to all the fathers who came out to participate in this paddle event.

    June 15, 2014

    • JRiv

      Thanks... after the paddle it was back to my parents place for me to spend time with my family. Dad, Mom, my teens and both sisters, niece and bro in law.

      June 15, 2014

  • Joy F.

    I loved every second of the paddle and all the people.
    Anyone interested in paddling the salt and saguaro any day or time contact me at [masked].

    1 · June 15, 2014

    • Tim W.

      I'll put you on my kayak e-mail list. Nice meeting you.

      June 15, 2014

    • JRiv

      Good to see you Joy after all these years. We have kayaking trips all the time, many to choose from. John

      June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast. Can't wait to do it again! Thanks everyone for a fabulous paddle.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Marshall

    Great trip...looking forward to doing it again.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Jim

    Lisa and I had a great time with a great group. We look forward to the next time.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Good day to paddle. Temps were great and there was overcast so the sun wasn't bearing down on us. Nice seeing you all.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Dave, I hope I remember to bring the PAZ sign.

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Marshall

    Have new (old) boat for this trip. Dagger Blackwater 10.5. Tested self-rescue.

    June 14, 2014

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