New Announcements – Trips & Activities

San Diego over labor Day weekend.

Leaving Sat am.
Planning some night paddling and watch SeaWorld fireworks Saturday
San Diego Bay Sunday & Monday to paddle around the big ships.
Returning Tuesday.
Room for one person IF they want to share a hotel room with Ken and pay their share of gas.
Rick Johnson


The Gila Conservation Coalition hosts the 13th annual Gila River Festival “Gathering the Gila” September 21-24, 2017 in Silver City, NM, the Gila National Forest and along the Gila River.

This year’s festival will explore the Gila watershed’s bountiful native plants, used as foods and medicines, which have nurtured diverse cultures throughout the millennia – those that have vanished, and those that remain. Featuring hands-on activities designed to foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River, including river outings, field trips, workshops, storytelling, cooking, and foraging.

Speakers include author and activist Winona LaDuke, “aural” historian Jack Loeffler, botanist Richard Felger, author Denise Chavez, biologist and acequia parciante Miguel Santistevan, and Santa Clara Pueblo artist and author Roxanne Swentzell.  The Gila River Extravaganza street fair takes place in Big Ditch Park in downtown Silver City on Saturday, and will feature live music, spoken word poetry, tastings of native food products, kids’ activities and the beloved Monsoon Puppet Parade. The Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers with the Gooday Family will return for an encore performance.




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 2017. 


“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:


SAPC’s new style shirts & hats now available 

The shirts come in men’s crew neck, short ($20) or long sleeve ($25) and in short sleeve womens v-neck styles ($20).  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.