New Announcements – Trips & Activities

Laguna San Ignacio, Sierra San Francisco, and Sierra Gigantas, MX – March 18-31, 2018

Sorry, but no boating is planned for this adventure. Still we do plan to be on the water, to see gray whales at close range and very likely even touch them as has been my good fortune on over 50% of these trips. Laguna San Ignacio is located halfway down the Baja peninsula on the Pacific side. Gray whales make the journey here annually from the Bering Sea and further north. It is where the calves get their start on life before the long journey back north. And lucky for us, we often have touching encounters with these leviathans at this particular lagoon. We will go out in pangas with local experienced guides as boatmen.

Also at San Ignacio, the sleepy village where we depart from the transpeninsular highway to reach the lagoon, is the headquarters for trips into the back country to view “cave paintings” that date from the middle of the past millennium or earlier. Local guides are required for this adventure. We will plan to visit Cuevas Pinturas, a trip of 3 days and 2 nights. Although this is a camping trip, you may hire a burro to transport your gear and if desired a mule to ride. I have been here before and it is my favorite site to visit among many. The costs for burros, mules, and guides is extremely inexpensive. We’ll be in the Sierra San Francisco, north of San Ignacio.

Lastly on the planned agenda will be day hikes into the Sierra Giganta, palm studded canyons with waterfalls and crystal clear pools. This location is south of Loreto.  Granted, this is not a paddling trip, yet due to the particular objective of seeing whales close at hand, I expect it would be of interest to the paddling community. The other aspects of this trip have nothing to do with paddling but you will see crystal clear waters on each of them, including pools to swim in. Also, it would be possible to do parts of this trip without committing to the whole.

All participants must have a valid passport book or card and drivers must have Mexico car insurance. For further info or to indicate interest please contact John Maier at


Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Location: Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19, follow signs from the main entrance off Castle Hot Springs Road to the north entrance of Lake Pleasant to Fireman’s Cove.

What is Paddle Fest you ask? It is a great time for everyone to come out to Lake Pleasant Regional Park and try different forms of paddle craft (sit on top, touring, sea and Hobie pedal kayaks, outriggers, rafts, white water kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards)! You can bring your own paddle craft too. The event also offers an array of fun activities, free to use demo water craft (in a designated cove), and live music!

Who can attend? Anyone, so bring your family and friends! Life-vests are provided and required for water recreation participation. Bring your water clothes and plan on getting wet!

What is the cost? Only the $6 per vehicle and $2 paddle craft (if bringing your own) park entry fee, includes the event to try out demo watercraft in the cove and to join the fun activities. There is a ½ hour limit on trying each paddle craft.

Make sure to wear a swim suit or clothes you can get wet. Bring a life vest if you have one, if not the event will provide loaner life vest for people on the water. Don’t forget your water, sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, money for food, and shoes you can get wet. Bring your family and friends for a fun time trying out all sorts of fun paddle craft! Follow the “Paddle Fest” signs once close to the park.

If you plan to camp, please arrive early on Friday, space is limited. Fireman’s Cove is located just inside the north entrance to Lake Pleasant Regional Park. From Carefree Highway, head north on Castle Hot Springs Road past the main entrance to the stop sign and turn right to enter the park.

> 18th Annual Patagonia Lake Shore Clean-up & Club Picnic. Note Date: Sun. Apr. 22, 2018. Boat-in, off shore camp site #110 will be available free for all members camping the night before. Clean-up starts at 09:00 & picnic at noon. BYO everything. SAPC provides water. Free entry for all club members & family.

> BOW (Becoming an Outdoor Woman) event hosted by AZ Wildlife Federation. Apr. 13-15, 2018 at the Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott, AZ. Must make reservations for various outdoor skills classes (including beginning paddling) for this event which includes food & lodging in cabins. For all info, go to:

> Tommy James, SAPC president, will be camp hosting again this year at Ruby Mountain/Brown Canyon Campground   starting in mid June, 2018. He is happy to share a camp spot for anyone wanting to camp/stay for the night or days. Location is near Salida, CO along the Arkansas River where the FIBArk event will be held around June 14, 2018. Members are invited to spend time on the water with Tommy on the Arkansas, bring your inflatable. Great hiking in the surrounding mountains. Floats are from mild to wild. Tommy will host you. Contact him:


Seeking friends to share: A Sierra Club Rafting Trip in Dinosaur Nat. Monument,       July 30-Aug. 4, 2018

I’m looking for a few paddling friends to drive up with me to Vernal, UT to partake in a spectacular 6-day rafting trip down the Green River in Dinosaur Nat. Monument. This is a “bucket list” trip for any adventuresome paddler & canyoneer. Sierra Club leader, Mitch Stevens, has been roaming this country for years & is a well-experienced guide that I know from previous trips. Please check out the Sierra Club’s webpage that will describe the entire trip, its cost, itinerary, details & photos/video of last year’s trip through this enchanting canyon. Trip also includes some great hiking.

If interested, please check out & reserve this unique adventure at:
Contact me, Norma Miller, or 235-8927, if you’re reserving a spot at your earliest convenience. Let’s share this adventure. Thanks!






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.                                        …………………………………………………………………………………………………

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.