KAYAKING THE LOWER SALT RIVER

  • May 27, 2012 · 7:30 AM

KAYAKING THE LOWER SALT RIVER
DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
RSVP DEADLINE; Sat. May 26, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.
Facilitator: David A.
Rating: Wet, sunny, fun
Dog Friendly? NO.
BUY A TONTO PASS IN TOWN BEFORE YOU COME OUT. ONE PASS PER VEHICLE IS GOOD AT BOTH LOCATIONS.

Let’s go kayaking/canoeing the Lower Salt River.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
YOU MUST WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (“PFD”) AT ALL TIMES ON THE WATER.
NO GLASS.
This is a great, fun river for those who have experience on flat water, and are ready to move into current (Class I and maybe a little Class 2 rapids in short sections), and for those with more experience.

If you have never paddled before, this trip is not for you. You should practice on flat, still water first. Let me know if you have questions about that.

BRING YOUR OWN EVERYTHING. (That’s boat, paddles, personal flotation device, water, food, sunscreen, hat, waterproof bag for camera, etc.) I don’t know anything about rentals because I don’t rent. Stay hydrated.

Meet-up Location and Time: Meet at Water User’s Recreation Area (the “put in” place) at 7:30 a.m., unload your boat, carry it to the water, and be ready to shuttle cars promptly at 8:00 a.m. We’ll ask for volunteers to watch the boats while we shuttle. Late arrivals will need to leave their car at Water User’s in order to paddle with the group.

If you are new to this, come a little earlier, so you don’t hold up the group.
We will shuttle as many cars as we can down to Phon D. Sutton Recreation Area (the “take out” place). We will need people to thoughtfully volunteer to drive people back up to Water User’s to begin the paddle. Don’t leave your PFD, etc. at Phon D. Sutton.

We will have a SAFETY MEETING just before we begin the paddle. PLEASE DON’T HAVE US WAITING FOR YOU. Pee early, plan ahead, and pay attention.

Prevent DUI. Cops are really watching the roads in this area.

Also, please help others to carry their kayak/canoe up to the parking lot, after the paddle. It’s a group effort. Keeping the weight down in your boat will be a big help.
We’ll then need a few drivers to drive a few people to Water Users to get their cars (and those people will drive back to Phon D. to load their boats). If you are driving to the Beeline Hwy., you are going past Water Users anyway, and perhaps it will work for you to volunteer to drop a few people off at Water Users.

SAFETY TIPS:
The two things that get people in trouble the most on these river trips are:
1. Panic, and
2. Inattention.
If your boat is rolling over, just relax into the water. It’s part of the fun, and not a reason to panic. Think your way through the situation, look around in the water, and get to shore. We want everyone to pitch in to get your boat and paddle if you don’t get them. Keep yourself out of overhanging trees, rock ledges, and any ropes or fishing lines, or other hazards.

When people are busy talking, or are tired toward the end of the trip, they may not pay attention to what the river is like downstream from them. Then they may get up on a rapid, or swirling current, or overhanging bushes, and panic. Pay attention to downstream. If you are unsure how to do something, hang back and watch others first.

Everything, except you, and your paddle, should be secured to your boat. There should be no ropes dangling for you to tangle up in.

There are pit-toilets where we put in and take out.
BUY A TONTO PASS IN TOWN BEFORE YOU COME OUT. ONE PASS PER VEHICLE IS GOOD AT BOTH LOCATIONS.

E-mail, as needed with questions.
Happiness is catching. Go for it.

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  • David A.

    Laurie, thanks for posting these stories. I was not aware of them.

    June 3, 2012

  • Diana

    great adventure..wasnt even scared when the lockness monster tipped me over...

    June 2, 2012

  • Laurie

    Best one yet- woman captures images of horse save another one from drowning http://www.azcentral.com/video/#top

    June 1, 2012

  • Laurie

    June 1, 2012

  • Laurie

    Had a great time everyone! Here is that story about the wild horses being relabeled as "feral" I was talking about - a warning, it is a little disturbing
    http://www.azcentral.com/video/1666316304001

    June 1, 2012

  • Gladys

    What a great day!! Thanks David for hosting and Mark for sharing your kayaks!! So great seeing everyone!! :)

    May 30, 2012

  • Gladys

    Had a blast!!

    May 30, 2012

  • David A.

    Wonderful group of people. Perfect weather, and great river level. And we were way out ahead of the tubers. Thanks to all who attended.

    May 28, 2012

  • Christine

    Fun, fun, fun! Gorgeous day. David, thanks for organizing.

    May 28, 2012

  • Mark N ..Extra Average B.

    Oh so nice

    May 27, 2012

  • Sue

    Paul and I have plans later in the afternoon and will need to leave directly from Phon D. Can anyone give me a ride from Phon D. back to Water User's in the morning? Paul will stay at Water User's to watch kayaks as needed.

    May 26, 2012

  • Lisa

    I have kayaked this river often, is it possible to leave my car at Coon's and get a ride back to Water Users? I need to exit early. If not I will remove my Rsvp for someone else. Thanks for the info :)

    May 23, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Dave, I like your safety rules. VEry good to remember BEFORE something happens. Enjoy kids!

    May 22, 2012

  • David A.

    Good question, Diana. We expect to be way out ahead of the tubers. The first bus leaves the barn to take tubers up to Water Users at 9:00 a.m. We hope to leave Water Users around 8:00 a.m. And paddle craft (canoes & kayaks) go downriver faster than tubes without even trying.

    May 21, 2012

  • Diana

    David are there going to be a lot of people already out on the river? I usually get the river all to myself...it is the weekend..Im thinking there will be oodles of drunken people out there.

    May 21, 2012

  • David A.

    Hi Lynn,
    Not exactly. This is a bring your own everything, and meet at Water Users, and we'll shuttle from there. So, the shuttle is a carpool of sorts.

    May 11, 2012

  • Lynn

    No carpool?

    May 11, 2012

  • David A.

    Thanks, Bob. I appreciate the help.

    April 24, 2012

  • Bob W. aka Hobie B.

    Action Rideshop also rents kayaks for $35 per day. They are located on Gilbert Road just North of the 60 Freeway. Never used them, so I can't vouch for them. They have bankers hours, so you'd have to pick it up the day before. [masked] www.actionrideshop.com

    April 24, 2012

  • David A.

    Bliss, Thank you very much for the help.

    April 22, 2012

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