New Announcements – Trips & Activities

Steve & Ann Belle’s Fall Potluck Party

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017,  Start time: 3:00 PM to 9 PM 

Where: 8330 N Catalina Rancho Catalina Ave.  Map Link

Local & Organic food preferred, BYOB. More Info – Contact: Steve – 520-591-6318


Mexico Beach Camping over Thanksgiving–Nov 22-27, 2017
Once again we’ll head south of the border for this favorite place to relax and have fun on the Sea of Cortez coastline 15-20 miles north of San Carlos.  Himalaya is a pebble beach often used by the diving community but not at Thanksgiving.  We usually have it all to ourselves with perhaps a few locals nearby who come to fish.  This is a remote location with no amenities.  Bring everything you need.  The last part of the drive is a bit rugged on dirt roads that can become impassable after a rain without 4WD.  You need high clearance for this one but I’ll be driving my 2WD with a tow rope in case we get mud.  I would put the chances of any rain during our stay at 10% but let’s watch the weather as global warming is causing extremes we’ve never known before.
This coastline is interesting in both directions with many coves to explore by kayak.  Bring wind and water toys, fishing gear, etc.  We usually do a pot luck for Thanksgiving dinner.  On the drive down we will stop for lunch at a place that serves up great marlin tacos.
Contact:  John
Everyone needs a passport and drivers need Mexican car insurance.
For further info or to indicate interest please contact John Maier at

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


Jan 13, 2018 MLK weekend.

If enough interest  we’ll be deciding on Parker Canyon Lake (South of Sonoita), Apache or Saguaro lakes on the Salt river North of Apache Junction.  Please contact me if interested.

Norma Miller




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:


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.