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Until further notice, all SAPC events including the Pena Blanca Lake Cleanup (Mar. 28) & the Patagonia Lake Cleanup/picnic (Apr. 19) have been cancelled/postponed. Please check in later or wait to receive future ENews letters for future event & trip notices. Thank you. 
Double Assault on the Salt: moonlight and sunrise floats on the Salt River Wednesday, June 3 & Thursday, June 4, 2020
Float them both or do just one run.

Wednesday, June 3
4:30 PM: we meet at Granite Reef Dam parking area (on Bush Highway north of McDowell) to set up the car shuttle.
5:30 PM:  we start down the river from Water User’s Parking launch area. You must be completely ready to paddle at 5:30 pm to join this group.  Take out at Granite Reef Dam 3-4 hours later. Moonrise: 5:29 pm, sunset 7:34 pm. 96% moon visible

Thursday, June 4
4:45 AM:  We leave Bulldog OHV, drive to Granite Reef Dam parking lot to set up the car shuttle. Anyone joining for the morning float only should meet us at Granite Reef at 5 am. Sunrise: 5:18 am.
6 AM: we start down the river from Water User’s Parking launch area. You must be completely ready to paddle at 6 AM to join this group.  Take out at Granite Reef Dam 11 miles and 4+ hours later. While we’ll go down the river more quickly in the light, this time we’ll pause at the big rock to do some leaping into the water. There can be an upstream breeze for the last hour. 

What to bring:  PFD use mandatory. Moonlight run: dress for getting wet, not for the weather.  Everyone should bring warm synthetic layers in dry bag.  The evening will be cold on the water, so take care of yourself with really warm clothes. Bring plenty of water & snacks for both runs  (4+-hr. floats).  This is the perfect setting to use inflatable kayaks or any other real boat like a short hardshell.  No tubes or floaty toys allowed.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp to wear on the water. Glow tubes/sticks/rings are fun to wear at night. Morning run: hats and sunblock needed.

No more than class I, a few splashy wave trains, twists & turns to have fun in and get a little wet.

Parking: A Tonto NF use permit (or a Natl. Parks Senior Pass) is needed for each car. Since we’ll be there for less than 24 hours, only one day pass will be needed per car. They are available at Big 5 Sporting Goods or convenience stores along Power Rd.  You must purchase BEFORE arriving at the Water Users Parking Lot; they are not available on site.

Camping: We will be camping in the Bulldog OHV area, so it will be free and primitive with the $6 permit. Absolutely no facilities, but no charge and it’s right off Bush Highway. Buy a permit at You might want to skip pitching and unpitching a tent and just spread a tarp. We will leave here at 4:45 am . 
Due to Covid safety measures, we will try to keep people per car during the shuttles as low as possible. I recommend wearing masks and rolling down windows. At all other times, practice social distancing, so you can still carry boats together. I understand that you may want to lower your mask while paddling, otherwise wear it. If you object to these safety practices, don’t come on the trip.

This 11 mile float is a good trip for beginners, people who haven’t boated in a while or for introducing new people to boating. No novices will be allowed in single boats for the moonlight run. If you are a novice and need an experienced person to share a boat with, tell me this when you sign up. I may be able to help you.

Please contact me by May 31 to join this trip. Email  pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu or phone/text 520-628-8985.