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Lower Salt Paddle from Water User's

The Lower Salt trip has been one of the most popular summer events for paddlers in Arizona. There is the excitement of moving water, including what the official national white water rating scale refers to as quick-water, and short class 1 and class 2 sections. Paddlers are usually able to steer away from the difficult areas unless you like the challenge. Then there is the wildlife: bald eagles, herons, egrets, wild mustangs. Many folks bring cameras to take advantage of this.

This is a popular trip for both experienced boaters and beginners, as well as tubers who we will not likely see because of the early time of our launch. Float time is going to be around 3 hours so bring plenty of water and munchies and sun protection.

Change in Shuttle Plans

The weather report at this time states that tomorrow the rains may come at 11 A.M.

To adjust our trip to this weather condition, we are making the following changes to the trip.

We are not going to leave from Saguaro Lake Ranch, but from Water User's, which will help us shorten the length of the trip and get off before it rains, with the potential for lightning with the rain.

We are not going to meet at the Shell Station at 6:30, but at Water User's. Be at Water User's at 6:30 to start right away to bring your boat to the water. A couple drivers will take their cars to the take out at Phon D, with another driver following to take them back. Many people say this is a faster way to ensure we launch as soon as possible. This way we are more likely to beat the rain.

We may leave one car at Goldfield, if the weather turns worse, to abort the trip should an unpredicted lightning appear.

If you are new to the Salt River, I will be at the Shell at 6 A.M. to buy my Tonto pass, and you can follow me to Water User's.

If folks want to consolidate cars to save on Tonto passes, you can do this at the Shell or elsewhere, communicate about this via the comment section, but make sure you are at Water User's by 6:30!

Dress for rain!!!

call me with questions. [masked] Dave

Safety Talk: We will have our "safety talk" prior to launch at Water Users. 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 life vest during the trip. 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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  • Barry S.

    The weather could not have been any better. Rained on and off all day. Everyone was relaxed and worked together. Highly recommend!!!

    September 11, 2013

  • Gilbert

    Thank you Paddle AZ, that's a great way to start a Sunday morning.

    3 · September 8, 2013

    • Lance

      Yeah, he took that dip in the river like a champ!

      September 8, 2013

    • JRiv

      and he held onto his paddle too :)

      September 10, 2013

  • JRiv

    Looks like we just slipped in this trip, the water level released from Steward Mtn. dam on the lower salt dropped significantly today. In part, due to low demand for irrigation water, but it's that time when the lower Salt is reduced and the lower Verde turned on a little more. http://www.watershedmonitor.com/siteDetail.aspx?dbNm=usgs&statn_id=09502000&kw=WW_LwrSaltRiver

    September 9, 2013

  • David w.

    I had such a good time. Thanks to all my paddling friends

    September 9, 2013

  • Carey G.

    What a great day!!!

    2 · September 8, 2013

    • David w.

      Nice seeing you again Carey

      1 · September 8, 2013

    • JRiv

      Likewise, cool to see you again Carey :)

      September 9, 2013

  • Dave

    the rain falling into water around us, textured clouds floating above even redder canyon walls, a rainbow bridging ahead within reach, egrets everywhere from launch to take out, cool fragrant air in the hottest of summers, small talk about nothing with new and old friends, a most wonderful day indeed.

    6 · September 8, 2013

  • David w.

    Even with the rain, it was great! Nice group

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Only need 1 Dave. Thx!

    September 8, 2013

  • steven j k.

    Late cancellation, have fun everyone....

    September 8, 2013

  • steven j k.

    Lori, I have an extra kayak I can bring.

    September 7, 2013

    • Dave

      steven, I have already agreed to bring a boat! Lori, do you need more than 1 boat???

      September 7, 2013

    • steven j k.

      very good, if anyone else needs one let me know.

      September 7, 2013

  • David w.

    If it's raining are we still paddling? ( hope so )

    September 7, 2013

    • JRiv

      Absolutely. Forecast is overcast in early morning, rain chance increasing later in the morning.

      September 7, 2013

  • Dave

    Change in Shuttle Plans
    The weather report at this time states that tomorrow the rains may come at 11 A.M.
    To adjust our trip to this weather condition, we are making the following changes to the trip.

    We are not going to leave from Saguaro Lake Ranch, but from Water User's, which will help us shorten the length of the trip and get off before it rains, with the potential for lightning with the rain.

    detailed directions are being emailed to you, and are posted now in event description.

    September 7, 2013

    • Lance

      Boo...I was looking forward to longer trip! Stupid monsoon season...HaHa

      September 7, 2013

    • JRiv

      You could still launch at Saguaro lake guest ranch at say 6:15 am or 6:30 and meetup with the rest. It's all possible

      September 7, 2013

  • David w.

    I'm so excited! I have paddled every weekend since I got my kayak and I can't get enough. The drive from Surprise is 150 miles round trip, but so worth it. I really like my new friends too.

    3 · September 6, 2013

  • Therese

    Sorry another event planned. Looking forward to next time! If anyone is interested in short two hour impromptu paddle close by weekends let me know.

    September 6, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Does anyone have an extra kayak. My dtr is in town so would like for the 3 of us to go.

    September 5, 2013

    • Dave

      I have a boat for you for your daughter. I'll bring it.

      September 5, 2013

    • Lori B.

      Thx Dave. So we will be 3 total, will mt at the ranch, and already have a Tonto pass.

      September 5, 2013

  • Dave

    I meant to say we are going to Phon D, now in the above description, so the trip is 3 hours, not 4 hours. Hope this is OK with folks.

    September 5, 2013

  • Beverly H.

    I should have read further. Skip my following request. I'll meet you all at the Gas station.

    September 5, 2013

  • Beverly H.

    Is it possible to meet you up at the dam? I live closer to there than the gas station. I've never started at the dam, is there a charge fee? I already have a Tonto Pass to use for that day. Just checking. Thank-you

    September 5, 2013

  • Scott J.

    I haven't done this shorter trip before - what time would you expect that we'd be done?

    September 5, 2013

    • Gilbert

      Hey Scott, this is the longest trip, according to this write up it will take 4 hours.

      September 5, 2013

    • Scott J.

      Whoops, I didn't read all of the boilerplate description. The title says we're only going to Phon D, while the description is for the more common full length down to Granite Reef...

      September 5, 2013

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