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This is a group for anyone who loves to explore waterways. The trips will be geared towards small watercraft enthusiasts who like to paddle kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. We will be doing day and weekend trips in AZ, UT, and CA. All skill levels are welcome, though some trips may be limited to more advanced paddlers. I started this group to meet other paddlers. Looking forward to exploring new and familiar places with everybody.

If you are interested in other paddle groups in the area, you should also review Kayak Arizona - We luv to yak, Paddle Arizona, and Desert Mountain Paddlers. All have great activities and are united in growing and promoting the paddle community.

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Caroling, Camping and Kayaking at Bartlett Lake

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Please join us for some midweek, pre-Christmas revelry that will include camping, kayaking and Christmas caroling. We will camp at the north end of Bartlett Flats. Because we will camp approximately 1/4 mile past the last outhouse, camping will be free and no Tonto pass will be needed.

Our camping will be dispersed. There is no established sites which means no picnic tables, no restroom facilities and no water. Please bring your own! Also we will not have a potluck dinner due in part to not having site tables.

We will share a warm campfire, adult beverages, snacks, and our best singing voices as we sing traditional Christmas carols and maybe other contemporary favorites. If you like, bring prerecorded music to help us stay in tune.

We will go on our main paddle starting at 10:00 Thursday morning. We will explore the north end of the lake including going upstream on the Verde River. We will find a nice beach for lunch.

Please bring firewood, beverages, snacks and good vibes.

Directions: About 1/2 mile before the lake, there is a well-marked (Bartlett Flats) paved road to the left (north). Follow this road about 3 miles to where the pavement ends and continue on the main dirt road as far as you can go. Look for the Just Add Water Paddlers sign as well as John’s maroon Ford van. The road is a bit rough but navigatable by intelligent drivers.

Legal stuff: All participants are responsible for their own safety. Properly secured life vests will be worn whenever on the water. If desired adult beverages will be consumed only after the conclusion of our paddle.

Note: Most JAWP participants have hard-shell kayaks. In the past, some inflatables develop leaks from storage or from encountering hazards. Unfortunately leaks spoil the trip for the boat user and others.

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Paddle & Camp at Canyon Lake/Tortilla Campground

Tortilla Flat

Start 2023 with a local camp, paddle and hike at Tortilla Campground and Canyon Lake just a short distance from the Valley.

Paddle will begin PROMPLY at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 7th from Acacia Day Use area. Tonto pass or America the Beautiful pass must be displayed.
•Hiking is an option in the afternoon or Sunday morning.
-Boulder Canyon Trailhead is across from the marina.
•Tortilla Flat Saloon is within walking distance of the campsite

SATURDAY DINNER:
Will be a Dutch Oven Cookout. Bring your Dutch Oven and ingredients to make your favorite recipe.

What to bring:
•Hat, sunscreen, life vest (PFD)
•Snacks for kayaking
•Potluck - sharing Saturday night meal if you want to
•Firewood - for 2 nights
•Camping gear and reservation confirmation for Tortilla Campground.
•Tonto Pass or America the Beautiful pass will need to be displayed at Acacia day use area while kayaking.
•NO pass is needed when hiking the Boulder Canyon Trail if parking at the marina lot.
•Pets ok if PFD is worn
•No alcohol consumption while on the water
•PFD must be worn at all times while on the water

•We will be staying at the Tortilla Campground,
booked through recreation.gov. If for some reason they're all booked up, there are 30 first come first serve (FCFS) sites available.
-Website for reservations: www.recreation.gov
-Information about Tortilla Campground:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35431

Cost is $20/site/night; America the Beautiful or Access Pass holders get 50% off. Camp host collects campground fees with a handheld card reader (no cash) unless you pay ahead of time on recreation.gov.
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Directions:
From Mesa, Arizona, take U.S. Highway 60 to the Idaho Road exit. Go north to State Route 88 (Apache Trail) and turn right. Continue for 18 miles on Route 88 to Tortilla Flat (the campground is two miles past Canyon Lake). Tortilla Campground is directly across from Tortilla Flat, on the left side of the road. The entire route is paved, narrow and has sharp curves; traffic can be heavy.

WE hope to see you there ready to start the new year off together!

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Camping at AZ Hot Springs

Willow Beach Campground & RV Park

Camp overnight with us at Willow Beach RV Park/Campground. Then launch Friday morning at Willow Beach at 10 am. We will paddle upstream to AZ Hot Springs.

There are fees to enter the Willow Beach recreation area. An America the Beautiful pass will get you in at a discount. When the dam is not releasing, there is very little current. The water is cold as it is released from the Hoover Dam. It us about 8 miles to paddle upstream.
Windy conditions may be present. The water at the hot springs has an amoeba in it that is dangerous to your sinuses, so it is not recommended that you get your head wet. You can paddle up further to the dam and hike up Goldstrike Canyon and Boy Scout Canyon. They have hot spring pools as well. There is sauna cave just south of the dam. Please bring a long rope to tie up your kayak if you beach it as the water levels rise and fall all day. We will stay Friday and Saturday night at the campground at AZ Hot Springs. It is dispersed camping with pit toilets and no potable water. A short hike takes you to the hot springs. The next day you can come back to Willow Springs, stay longer, or explore other camp spots along the river. I am going back to Willow Beach as I have to work Monday.

To reserve your site at Willow beach Thursday night:
https://willowbeachharbor.com/willow-beach-campground-and-rv-park/

Dispersed camping is available Hotels in the area: Hoover Dam Lodge Quality Inn Sands Motel of Boulder City Las Vegas is also fairly close.

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Kayaking the Three Coves at Canyon Lake

Acacia Recreation Area

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