New Announcements – Trips & Activities

ESTERO TASTIOTA, Sonora MX:  FEB 27-MAR 2, 2020 (Thur-Mon)  –John Maier
This estuary is halfway between Kino Bay and San Carlos and is loaded with interesting waterfowl.  There are also some short hikes/overlooks nearby as well as beachcombing options.  We drive to El Colorado on Thursday where a family guards our cars during our absence.  It is about a 7-hour drive from Tucson and we will stop for lunch in Hermosillo.  The first evening we will camp with our cars at a nearby beach.  The following morning we will paddle north about 6 miles to the mouth of the estuary where we will set up camp for the next 3 days from which to explore the estuary at our leisure.  This typically takes 2-1/2 hours and passes a small sea lion colony on the way.  The last day we will paddle back and do the return drive home.  This is remote camping so bring everything you need; no facilities although the first night we have the option of having dinner in El Colorado, ten minutes from our camp.  This trip is appropriate for intermediate level paddlers.  Although we have never had to extend our stay due to bad seas over all the years I’ve been doing this, one should still be prepared for that uncertainty and carry an extra day’s food and water supply.  All participants must have a valid passport or passport card.  Drivers need Mexico car insurance, to be purchased before the trip but wait till we decide who’s driving.  All regular clearance cars can make it to this location.  Only the last few miles are unpaved.  Binoculars, bird book or birding app recommended, as well as a long lens for best photos.  Please contact John Maier at to express interest or ask questions.

Spring Equinox Picacho SRA Lower CO River Paddle Camp 3-5 days… Starting Mar. 20 till you decide  –Norma Miller
For those who missed Helen’s trip in Jan. Let’s renew a great multi-day trip on the River basecamping at Picacho SRA, CA for 3 to 5 days, as long as you have free time. Picacho SRA is about 24 mi. north of Yuma. Bring kayaks or canoes of all types, bikes & hiking shoes. This area has many historical old mining camp locations, backwaters, & fun trails for visiting both on & off the water. The basecamp has boat ramps & parking, facilities, water & solar showers. You can bring your camp trailer or tents, lots of room to roam. Between $10-15 a night. People can come in early or late & leave whenever. Desert flowers & sun, To see mapped locations, check out one of our past trip albums here. Please contact Norma to sign up or questions: or 235-8927.

April 3-5, 2020 – 11th Annual Lake Pleasant Paddle Fest  
Lake Pleasant Regional Park – Fireman’s Cove Area
Castle Hot Springs Road to Castle Creek Dr. to Fireman’s Cove 
Peoria, AZ, 85383, 928-501-1703.  Ranger Terry Gerber is helping arrange a camp area at the lake shore for all participating paddle clubs.  SAPC members may be able to camp out here on Fri. Apr. 3. before the Fest.