New Announcements – Trips & Activities


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.


************************************************************************ 19th Annual For The Sake Of The Lake Cleanup/Picnic  –   Correction: It’s on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Bring your kayaks & get free entrance for day on the lake. Must declare you’re there to help do lake cleanup with SAPC. 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.
Free camping on Saturday is available only at boat-in camp #110 or #115. No need to reserve, Come with all you’ll need. All on-shore sites are sold out for the 14th.

  • Free Admission  to all SAPC members & friends there to participate in Cleanup.

Location:  400 E Patagonia Hwy, 85621 Nogales, AZ    Map

Time: Cleanup starts at 09:00, Picnic at Noon. Ends around 3 PM


Patagonia Triathlon – Seeking kayaking volunteers

The Patagonia Triathlon is being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Patagonia Lake State Park. We are in need of an additional 8 volunteer kayakers during the swim portions of the event. The kayakers will be helping guide the swimmers through the course (we have a 1500m and a 500m swim, as well as kids/youth events), provide support as needed, and watch for swimmers who may need assistance. We will need kayakers at the beach by 6:45am. The 1500m distance swimmers start from the Camp Ground Launch Ramp at 7:00am. The 500m distance swimmers will leave from the same location at 7:45am. Kayakers will need to remain on the lake until the swim course closes at 9:00am. A couple of kayakers will need to be available for the kids/youths at 10:00am.
So, that’s what we need from our volunteer kayakers. What do you get in return besides our eternal gratitude? Lots of stuff!
· Free entrance into Patagonia Lake State Park on Friday and/or Saturday.
· Free camping on Friday and Saturday is available at boat-in #110.
· Burrito lunch on Saturday
· Tech shirt (submit your size when signing up).
Other info:
The swim coordinator, Kathleen Bober, will be at the main beach area by 6:00am on Saturday. She will also be at the lake on Friday between 3 and 5pm setting up the buoys with the park rangers. If you have any questions, please call or text her before Friday the 27th. 520-331-5138. After that, you will not be able to reach her by phone. She will be checking email Friday night between 7 and 10pm.
Thanks, Liz Bradley,
Volunteer Coordinator – (520) 490-4248 or Email: to sign-up.


Mexico Beach Camping over Thanksgiving–Nov 22-27
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.
Everyone needs a passport and drivers need Mexican car insurance.
For further info or to indicate interest please contact John Maier at


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




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.