New Announcements – Trips & Activities

Special Announcement:  Get your FREE SAPC t-shirt

SAPC’s new style t-shirts will be available FREE in January for all New & Renewing Members for 2018.  Please let us know your size & preference of long or short sleeve in Mens or womens style.  Sizes & styles will be limited so please reserve your choices now.  Email to:  to reserve your FREE SAPC shirt.  You may pay 2018 dues at our Jan. 10 meeting or mail in check to qualify for a free t-shirt (family members included).  Click Here for Membership info. 

Two-day (Eagle Watch) Paddle/Camp/Hike trip up Lake Pleasant to Agua Fria River Dec. 9-10, 2017

This is a 2-day (possibly three) day multi-day paddle camp & hike from Lake Pleasant (North of PHX) up the Aqua Fria river to the navigable end. Total about 8 to 10 mi. one-way depending on lake & river levels. Tentative plan is to leave Tucson early on Sat. Dec. 9 & return late on Sun. Dec.10. May be extended to a 3-day trip with a lay-over at the Lake or River if enough interest for such. Details & options will be discussed at our meeting on Wed. at Summit Hut. All trip participants must be equipped with multi-day touring kayak or canoe & recent off-shore, primitive camping experience & equipment. Please email trip organizers if interested:  Rick Johnson  or  Norma Miller

Lake Pleasant Park’s official announcement, overview/location map, etc.  


BELIZE in December
Now is the time to think about making arrangements if you are interested in partaking of this trip to Belize with the focus on Glover’s Atoll.  We will be visiting the atoll from Dec 10-16 so one could easily make a 2 week trip of it with a few nature preserves, etc. thrown in and be back before Christmas.  To make this trip you need to arrive no later than Dec. 8 though I will choose to go earlier.  You should buy any supplies in Belize City before catching the bus to Dangriga and then taxi to Glover’s guest house on the Sittee River (unless you choose Hopkins which is 3 miles away) where you will catch the 70′ catamaran to the atoll on Sunday morning and return on Saturday.  You should plan to arrive at the Sittee River the day before the trip leaves or sooner if desired.  It’s a nice place to stay and you can use their old decrepit kayaks for free.
This atoll deal is the best by far of any other in the country.  If you choose camping for the week there including transportation to and from the guest house you will pay less than $150.  The next cheapest atoll costs 10 times that but probably includes many amenities.  If you choose the most deluxe accommodations at Glover’s, a thatch cabin over the water, you will pay another $200 for the week.  Of course there are many potential add ons to the price but these are up to you.  You can rent gear (kayaks, snorkeling, diving) and you can buy restaurant meals or order fish caught for you to prepare yourself.  Many options.  You can even go to the Blue Hole (on a different atoll) if there is enough interest but that is a heftier charge.  Visit their website at to learn full details or ask me if you have specific questions.
When I went there 2 years ago this week in Dec. got very light usage (only 15 of us) whereas the following week was jam packed with the maximum of 40.  Best to secure a reservation ASAP.  After reservation is secured get your air tickets before the price goes up.
As of now we have 3 of us committed to camp and 2 more with thatch cabins over the water.  4-5 others have indicated commitment or serious consideration but haven’t yet reserved and bought air tickets.  For the atoll, I recommend you letting them know you are with our group from AZ.  I am announcing this to other friends outside the paddling community as well since you need not be a paddler for this trip despite the potential for it.
Others with the gear (a folding boat that may be flown by air) and the experience may request permission to be considered for a longer sea kayak trip of up to a month returning in January which will visit vaious cayes off the coast.  At present 3 of us are doing this.
For further info or to indicate interest please contact John Maier at










Wilderness & CG camping 3 days along lake shore, kayaking 17+ mi. by beautiful cliffs & Salt River canyons. Lots of wildlife (Bighorns, etc.) may be seen, remote canyon hiking possible. Experience required for wilderness camping & kayaking. All-weather gear required. Contact: Norma Miller  to sign-up or more info.


Rio Grande River / Big Bend NP Feb 17 – 25

A reprise of last February’s trip, paddling Santa Elena Canyon (20mi / 2 days) and Boquillas Canyon (33mi / 3 days).
Sun/18 Feb meet up @ Maverick RV Park in Lajitas TX (630mi from Tucson). Set up self-shuttle.
Mon/19 launch for Santa Elena, paddle 10mi to canyon entrance, camp.
Tue/20 mandatory scout Rock Slide rapid (III). Take-out early afternoon. Camp @ Chisos Basin.
Wed/21 hiking options; camp @ Rio Grande Village, where we’ll leave vehicles for pay-shuttle.
Thur/22 – Sat/24 launch for Boquillas, hope to paddle 27miles / 2 days to set up short take-out day 3. 640mi back to Tucson.

Last trip we had good weather & water level, favorable headwinds. Recommend an IK, canoe or sit-on-top. There is food, water & gas available in & around the NP. I’ll arrange maps, permits (free), campsites and pay-shuttle. Expect share costs to be about $125pp.
If you are seriously interested, I urge you to read up ahead of time – good websites are Big Bend NP and Desert Paddler for practicalities, info, logistics etc. Meet-up / potluck the weekend before to coordinate ph #s, car-pooling, answer last-minute questions, etc.

contact Bob Schoen :




Southern AZ now has a much improved resource for paddle sports. Local business TG Watersports in Tucson is open at a new location for kayak sales & rentals. They offer a huge inventory of paddle sports equipment, parts & accessories. Located at 925 W Prince Rd. Tucson 85705, For questions phone: 520-349-1833 or Email:
Check out their Website at

SAPC is now an Affiliate Member of  the American Whitewater Organization for 2018. 


“Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization (Non-profit # 23-7083760) with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.”  Please go to their webpage and read more of what AW is all about.

Affiliate membership means that all current SAPC members in good standing can access special features from AW site that only members can use.  These include but are not limited to their monthly journals and any pertinent news involving any of our regional waterways & rivers used by paddle sport advocates, recreationalists & conservationists like ourselves.  It’s an important resource available for our use.  SAPC members can log in with the assigned unique  member number which has been sent in a separate “SAPC E-Newsletter on Jan. 29, 2016.  Members may log in to add their own reports & photos from river trips or read the latest regional river flow reports & other subjects of interest.                                        If you have questions about this new resource, contact:


The shirts come in men’s crew neck, short or long sleeve  and in short sleeve womens v-neck styles.  They’re decorated in front with Royce’s full color fine art for SAPC and are of a “Sport-Tek” design, a very cool & quick-dry fabric.  Caps are fully adjustable with our high contrasting unique SAPC logo ($10).  Merchandise is sold at the club picnic or at our meetings. They can also be mail-ordered.