Come join the evening fun as we set out on Bartlett Lake from the main parking area (follow the "Paddle AZ" signs when nearing Bartlett Lake). Have your boat ready to leave the shoreline by 6:00 PM, and we will have a mandatory short safety meeting shortly after, around 6:15 and then we will all launch. We aim to be back at our vehicles around 9PM. The full moon will be up all through the paddle, it should be very bright. You must bring a flashlight and light your paddlecraft up. Bring water and a snack too. Remember life vest are always required to be worn when on the water if you are paddling with the group. Come on out for a nice slower paced paddle with some fun folks!
OK, since this is a Paddle Arizona event, I need to post everything Tim posted so here it is, please read:
There will be a marker system for EACH paddler to return the marker into a bucket so the host knows that everyone has made it off the lake safely. I will be gathering names & mobile phone #'s as there is always one person who forgets to put the marker in so we will call before we start searching the lake in the dark.
Please RSVP if you are going. If you RSVP as going but cancel, please change your RSVP here so we know who expect.
Check HERE prior to leaving for staging for last minute updates for weather issues. If it is windy (over 12 mph) or there are storms heading that way, the event may cancelled. The last update time for the host to issue a cancellation will be 4:00 pm as the host will be en route to the lake after 4:00 pm.
Due to the paddle being at night, there is an added risk to any paddler of getting lost, hit by a power boat, over turning, etc. Therefore, this Event is not open to beginner paddlers who have only paddled a few times (unless an experienced paddler has personally invited a 1st time paddler AND the experienced paddler has agreed to 'buddy up' and 'shepard' the 1st timer). You should at least feel comfortable falling in the water and be able to swin well enough until someone comes to assist you.
If you have questions about your ability to join this float, call the host Terry [masked]) to talk it over.
Please check out Google Earth and/or a map of area to be familiar with how to get to the lake and then look for "Paddle Arizona" signs as you get close to the lake.
A Tonto Pass is required to be displayed on any vehicle parked at the lake. The pass costs $6 and you do not need to pay an extra 'boat' fee as that is for powered boats only. You can obtain a Tonto Pass at most convenience store & gas stations on the way to the lake. Look for a white sticker or sign with green lettering stating "Tonto Pass Sold Here".
You MUST bring a fitted Life Vest, a loud safety whistle that functions when wet, sufficient lighting to illuminate your kayak so power boaters can see you, and a water resistant or waterproof flashlight.
No alcohol or any drugs (legal or illegal) that impair a paddlers mind on the float Due to the increase safety risks of a night paddle, the paddler must be sober.
Experience/training in self and assisted rescue, bring an air horn, a 15' tow rope or throw bag, a two way FRS family radio/walkie talkie tuned to channel 4 security code 0, have boat flotation in the bow of your boat, first aid kit, plenty of snacks and water, dry bag with dry clothes, and a bible.
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).
If you have any questions, PLEASE CALL - DO NOT TEXT HOST; or use the comment section (preferred as others probably will have the same questions). This host does not know about boat rentals.
When I use the term 'kayak' I also mean any thing that floats and that you paddle (canoes, paddle boards, etc).