New Announcements – Trips & Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Click photo to see previous trip photos as a preview of this trip)

Lower Colorado River Multi-day trip from Topock, AZ – Havasu NWR to Parker Dam/Bill Williams NWR – Nov. 3-8, 2018

Rick Johnson has organized his new multi-day Lower Colorado River trip starting Nov. 2018
Starts at Topock, AZ & ends at Parker Dam-Bill Williams River & NWR.
Please contact Rick at: rikjohnson39@gmail.com or 520-979-2023 to sign up & for all details.   Sat, 3 Nov-  Pack Gear and haul boats to my place.
Sun, 4 Nov-  Drive 6 hours to Lake Havasu State Park.  Pay for 2 nights.
Mon, 5 Nov-  Drive to Put In @ RM-42, Leave SUV on site for shuttle, paddle downriver.
     Stop for Lunch at Picture Rock(?) @ RM-34 where that giant wall of pictographs is.
     Explore the caves at Castle Rock @ RM-28.  14 miles
     Take out @ Castle Rock.  Drive back to State Park.  Clean up, drive to London Bridge, play tourist.
Tues, 6 Nov-  Put in @ State Park RM-20.  Shuttle takes car to Take-out.
     Paddle under London Bridge. Paddle  to Beaver Island RM-13.5 if free.  7 miles  If not, continue to Pilot Rock 7.5 miles or Steamboat Cove 9 miles or Sand Isle 9 miles.
Wed 7 Nov-  Paddle downriver to Satellite Cove @ RM-3.5  6-8 miles.
Thurs 8 Nov- Paddle downriver, have lunch at Bass Bay RM-1
     Take out at Preserve office. RM- minus 2  Off-load gear. 5 miles
     Go home or explore Bill Williams.  2 miles.
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20th Annual Lake Patagonia “For the Sake of the Lake” Cleanup & Picnic –  Re-scheduled for Sunday, Nov 11, 2018

This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 due to eminent t-storm/wind activity this weekend. Bring your kayaks & get free entrance on the 11th. Must declare you’re an SAPC member/volunteer. Bring a pot-luck side dish for picnic. SAPC will supply main BBQ items. Bring chairs, shade hat, gloves, water, etc. Meet at main beach area.
No free camping available or permitted.  Members Steve McAllister will demonstrate his expertise and patience by guiding self and paired kayak rescue during the picnic & Tommy James will have an SOT clinic for those who are interested & want to try out.  SAPC will be selling new commemorative 20th Annual Patagonia Lake LS t-shirts (men’s & women’s styles) & new caps & wide-brim hats with club logo. All merchandise will be sold at member discount.

Sorry to have to mess up people’s camp reservations but we decided better to not have a bad day on the Lake where several may be new to boating & may not want to practice their skills or be cold & wet on the water & picnic.

The free camping policies have changed & are no longer permitted. All of us must be made aware that the AZ Park Service is self-sustaining & they can no longer afford to give out free camping to their volunteers. They now must comply to the new policies which the State Volunteer Coordinator has set in place to help sustain the system. AZ State Parks only operate & implement improvements from entrance fees & camping fees & no other funds from the cities, state or nation. It’s been their mission to improve the state parks, especially Patagonia, for the better enjoyment of all. And, volunteers have certainly played a large part in helping AZ state parks continue their #1 status in the US. They are run with minimal paid state employees & cannot sustain their State Park status without volunteers. For this they are very grateful.

For all future SAPC volunteer events at Patagonia Lake SP (including the re-scheduled SAPC event on Nov. 11), every campsite must be reserved in advance & paid for through the normal State Parks reservation system on-line. The day-of-the-event Park entrance fee is still waived for all current SAPC members & family. Off-shore site #110 or other may be reserved by SAPC funds for the use of its members during the weekend of their volunteer events. Please express your desire to use an off-shore camp site for such so that we can be sure to reserve this in advance.
Thank you for your understanding, we hope to see you there.
You may reply with comments or questions to this ENews  Here.

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Thanksgiving Mexico Beach Camping Trip – Nov. 21-26, 2018
It’s that time of year again for our Annual beach camp at Himalaya on the Sea of Cortez. This is a car camping trip running from Wed. through Mon. although you can join in whenever you wish if you know the way.  Good coastline to explore in either direction by kayak.  We usually have the beach to ourselves.  Drivers need high clearance vehicles for the last part of the drive which is off pavement.  Mexico car insurance is required.  It’s about a 7-hour drive from Tucson.  Everyone needs a valid passport.  Let John Maier know if interested at wolffsongg@gmail.com

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Annual Lake Pleasant-Agua Fria River  Weekend Eagle Watch – Dec. 8-9, 2018

Paddle Lake Pleasant (North of PHX) up the Aqua Fria River to look for & view Bald Eagles on surrounding cliffs. Other sightings of feral burros, shore birds & gulls are possible. Lake flora should be green & lake full. Tentative plan is to leave Tucson early on Sat. Dec. 8 & return Sun. PM, Dec. 9.  We’ll launch from upper Castle Creek boat ramp & paddle the lake for several miles to the Agua Fria for sightings, then lunch on lakeshore. We’ll return to cars & go to the Park’s Desert Tortoise campsite which I’ll reserve for the night. Details & options will be discussed at our club meeting on Nov. 14 at Summit Hut. All trip participants must have experience with long lake crossings on kayak or canoe. Be equipped for car camping & self-contained, bring binoculars, camera, etc. Please email trip organizer to sign up & more info:  Norma Miller tucsonpaddler@gmail.com or 520-235-8927. Lake Map1 Here.  Lake Map 2 Here.

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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: sales@tgwatersports.com.
Check out their Website at www.tgwatersports.com


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

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“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.                                        …………………………………………………………………………………………………