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Bartlett Lake Sunset & Full Moon Paddle

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.

 Experience Level:

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".

 REQUIRED Equipment:

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.

 Recommended equipment:

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).      

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  • Terry G.

    Ten of us paddlers drove over to Harold's in Cave Creek instead, fearing the storm would get worse. We ate, drank, and were marry out of the wind and rain. It actually rained hard where we were, but it looks like a few paddlers stayed and made the best of it.

    September 9, 2014

    • Marshall

      Do you want some company at Saguaro on Wednesday? I assume you would put in at the marina since Butcher Jones closes at sunset.

      September 9, 2014

    • Tim W.

      I'm thinking boat ramp 2 OR 4 wheeling into the cove off of 4 peaks road...

      September 10, 2014

  • Terrence

    Storm was great to watch and a good photo event. Only an hour wait and it barely sprinkled. Even though moon stayed hidden it was still light enough to enjoy a great paddle.

    September 8, 2014

  • Jay A.

    Suggest driving out as a group.

    September 6, 2014

    • Jay A.

      Pardon my naivete regarding monsoon rains...

      September 7, 2014

  • Donna H.

    If you haven't heard, the weather was not safe for a full moon paddle, but the drive out and back was lovely. Wind and waves, along with the lightening flashes in the distance was enough to keep me and other hardy paddlers off the lake tonight. I am now looking forward to another time, even if it is day time to see the Bartlett lake.

    1 · September 6, 2014

    • David

      Do it! Bartlett is one of the prettiest lakes around to paddle and camp.

      September 7, 2014

  • Russ

    I went out anyway from yellow cliffs. Rain held out for about ten minutes, then DUMPED! Oh. Well it was still nice getting on the water.

    September 7, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Storm was pass around 730pm. 3 of us went out around 8pm and it was beautiful on the lake. Like glass and we paddled until 10pm.

    September 7, 2014

  • David

    Awesome photos Luke. Kudos, I am jealous.

    September 6, 2014

  • Gena L.

    When measuring the distance of the lightning by the time between flash and thunder, five seconds is one mile. The speed of sound is the distance travelled per unit of time by a sound wave propagating through an elastic medium. In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is 343 metres per second (1,125 ft/s). This is 1,234 kilometres per hour (666 kn; 767 mph), or about a kilometer in three seconds or a mile in five seconds.

    1 · September 6, 2014

    • Gena L.

      I forgot to mention that lightning can strike from 10 miles away.

      September 6, 2014

  • Jay A.

    WARNING: dry washes are flowing now, 7:35pm. Use extreme caution at first 25mph left turn with yellow sign. Deep fast water.

    September 6, 2014

  • JRiv

    Large thunderstorm cells moving into Bartlett lake area now

    September 6, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Yup. In carefree now and see them will wait it out

      September 6, 2014

  • Tim W.

    On my way from mesa

    September 6, 2014

  • Terry G.

    Last look at 3:30PM was... Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 98F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. I'm still coming out and we will just see what the evening brings. If we see lightning near we are off the lake. I'll see the hardy ones soon.

    September 6, 2014

  • Richard

    Weather holding up until tomorrow.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to AZ and it seems to me there aren't many people who have ever heard of a Tonto pass in the city of Phoenix. Should I get this online or is there somewhere someone knows to buy one along the way?

    September 6, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Most Circle Ks will sell them. Some sporting goods store sell them. Look for a white sign or door sticker with green writing saying "Tonto Pass Sold Here". Its $6 and you do not have to pay for watercraft as we don't have a motor.

      September 6, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Make sure you get the pass in town as there are not many opportunities to buy a pass in Carefree.

      September 6, 2014

  • Lorraine J.

    Soory. The threat of rain is enough to keep us off the aater. Catch u next time.

    September 6, 2014

  • JRiv

    Have fun, will not be able to make it out there tonight. Family activities..
    John

    September 6, 2014

  • Penny W.

    I'd love to go but have dinner plans with non kayakers.

    Anyone going out on Sunday?

    September 5, 2014

    • David

      You associate with non kayakers? Hmm.

      2 · September 5, 2014

  • Henry

    If it's nice out, I may get there early. Where is the main parking area? I can't tell from the map. Thanks.

    September 5, 2014

    • Terry G.

      Main parking area is at the end of the main road going to the lake (Bartlett Dam Road), don't make any turns and you will run into the parking area in front of the boat launch area. Most of us will launch on the dirt area next to the ramp, but you can off load at the end of the ramp and go park too.

      September 5, 2014

  • Marshall

    Put me down as iffy. If I can return from Tucson in time I would like to join the group...but may arrive late.

    September 3, 2014

    • Marshall

      Yes, Tim, that would be my plan, but I don't know how late I will be leaving Tucson which could wind up being too late all together. I assume you are heading for Yellow Cliffs flats.

      September 3, 2014

    • Tim W.

      If I spend the night it will be on the Yellow Cliffs beach; but the paddle meeting place is the main boat ramp...

      September 4, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Just a reminder, Bartlett Lake is somewhat remote and at least a 30 mile round trip to any gas stations so don't come out there with an empty tank. (this came up on the last full moon paddle). Also, there is mobile phone service or data service at Bartlett Lake....

    September 3, 2014

  • Paul S

    As long as there is no lightening Ill be on the water! Where do they still sell those goofy umbrella hats?

    September 3, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Lightening and wind are two things that makes paddling dangerous. BUT, in Az they both stop after the storm passes after a short wait.

      September 3, 2014

  • Connie V.

    I just got a phone call, family coming in from out of town, so I can't make it this time.

    September 3, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Possible chance of rain, but in Az if you just wait 30 mins it will pass. The last full moon paddle there were storms all around Bartlett but never hit Bartlett, so I'm going unless a cancel notice is posted here.

    September 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll paddle with y'all even if the sky is falling!

      September 3, 2014

  • Linda R.

    I am not sure I can go now because my dog is having surgery on
    Saturday. But I am going to keep my RSVP the way it is in case I can go.

    September 3, 2014

  • Paul S

    Should be a nice mellow yak! First paddle out with the group….

    September 3, 2014

    • Paul S

      Kids just bailed on me again….. teens!

      September 3, 2014

  • Tim W.

    The last Full Moon Paddle at Bartlett had NO power boats running at all. But a storm had just passed by and they had left, plus being Sunday night helped. Beautiful out there at night.

    September 1, 2014

  • Sarah O.

    I'm excited about this. hope the water is flat, like at Bear Canyon Lake, ....sounds like the experience will be somewhat magical as it is akin to being in the milky way with the brightness of the reflections of the heavenly bodies (stars and moon), not some of in the group (ha ha ha...that is a knee slapper).

    September 1, 2014

  • Kelly-

    This will be our first trip out with this group. Looking forward to meeting some of you :) Love to kayak and this trip looks like lots of fun.

    August 24, 2014

  • McSWish

    Hi Paddlers, Sorry to back out, but there's plenty of water here and I can still get my "paddle" on.

    August 22, 2014

    • JRiv

      Have fun McSwish, we will. Plenty of water all over Arizona

      August 22, 2014

    • McSWish

      Ya, I've seen the monsoon floods on the news.

      August 23, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Oh yeah, I may consider camping overnight if anybody else wants to hang out. Be fun to do a Sunday morning paddle too.

    August 11, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Terry, to your want me to bring the sign up sheet and numbered tags to keep track of paddlers so we don't let anyone stranded out there?

      August 21, 2014

    • Terry G.

      Yes, that would be great, so I don't have to make up new ones, you rock!

      August 21, 2014

  • Tim W.

    Just to let people from out of town know: Bartlett Lake is very remote ant at least a 30-40 mile round trip to the nearest gas station or store. MAKE SURE you gas up in town, get whatever food & supplies you need, and your Tonto Pass prior to leaving town for the lake. (Cave Creek & Carefree really are not towns and do not have many stores or gas stations)

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • Michelle H.

    looking forward to meeting other paddlers.

    July 19, 2014

    • Terry G.

      Well you will meet lots of them, since the full moon paddles, like this one, really draw lots of paddlers.

      August 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be our first outing with the group, can't wait! :-)

    July 26, 2014

    • Terry G.

      These full moon paddles are a lot of fun and we have witnessed some great moon lit nights on the water!

      August 9, 2014

  • Douglas R.

    Bummer ... I keep trying to be at two places at the same time !

    August 1, 2014

    • Terry G.

      Tim is leading a Full Moon Paddle on Bartlett Lake too on August 10th, maybe that will work for you. Check it out.

      August 9, 2014

  • Sarah

    I just joined but I don't have a car do you need boat ?

    July 7, 2014

    • David Blair B.

      Do you need a ride to the lake?

      July 28, 2014

    • Terry G.

      Yes, everyone needs to have their own paddle craft of some sort and the required equipment... life vest, lights, whistle, water etc.

      August 9, 2014

  • Heather

    Awesome see ya all soon ;-)

    June 18, 2014

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