New Announcements – Trips & Activities

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Peg Davis is planning the following paddling excursions from June thru Sept. while tripping in the states of MT, WA, OR & Utah, in that order.  Members are invited to join in:

Jefferson River Canoe Trail, Montana: June 27-July 2, 2017

Follow 83 miles of class I or flat water from Twin Bridges to Three Forks, MT. Lewis and Clark went upstream, but we're going downstream. Primitive camping, carry all water. PFDs mandatory on the water. This will be narrower and swifter than the Upper Missouri. Inflatable or hardshell kayaks or canoes will all work. If we finish early, I have ideas for additional floating in the area. This should be beautiful!
"The Jefferson is a great river with great scenery, abundant wildlife, great floating opportunities, and an essential stake in our nation's history.  Yet amazingly, when you get into a canoe and experience the river from the viewpoint of Lewis and Clark, you discover how much the land remains intact from the river. Most of the existing development is far enough back from the river that you only experience the cottonwood ecology along the river, against a backdrop of undeveloped mountains in the distance. " Typical temperature range is 49-80 degrees with 16 hours of daylight.
Contact Peg Davis at 520-628-8985 or pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu

Three days of paddling in flatwater near Moses Lake, Washington: June 12-14, 2017

1: The Winchester Wasteway, south of Moses Lake offers an outstanding and unique paddling experience. This narrow ribbon of water in the desert did not exist before Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Irrigation of crops through-out the Columbia Basin has raised the water level filling many depressions to make lakes and ponds. Excess water runs off into the “wasteway,” a channel of water southeast of Quincy and in the middle of a nowhere. The section paddlers frequent is from Dodson Road to near Potholes Reservoir, which the Winchester Wasteway spills into.
2: The Lower Crab Creek Unit lies within the valley of lower Crab Creek along the steep north side of the Saddle Mountains. The wetlands and riparian areas along the creek and the seep ponds and uplands on the bench north of the creek, provide a diverse habitat for many species of wildlife.
3: The Frenchman Hills Wasteway makes a perfect run if you can only make it out for the day.  It is a much wider waterway then the twist and turns.  On average it will take 4 - 6 hours starting at Dodson Rd. and ending at the Potholes State Park.
Typical temperature range is 53-79 degrees with 16 hours of daylight.
Contact Peg Davis at 520-628-8985 or pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu

Interest lists forming: Central Oregon and Lake Powell, UT
Sign-up to paddle class II or flatter in Central Oregon in August 23-29 or September 5-8, 2017? Get on the interest list for developing trips or suggest a float. I will be organizing something. Contact Peg Davis at 520-628-8985 or pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu
Sign-up to paddle multi-day in Lake Powell in late September/October? Hardshell sea kayaks with rudders (or excellent skills), completely self-sufficient for gear and water and strong paddling skills needed for days of 8 to 14 miles of paddling. Get on the interest list for developing trips or suggest a route. Contact Peg Davis at 520-628-8985, pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu  or Ron/Norma Miller.  Ron & Norma are organizing the Lake Powell trip with Peg.  We plan to start at either Antelope of Wawheap Marina.  Norma at 520-235-8927.


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.