Until further notice, all SAPC events including the Pena Blanca Lake Cleanup & the Patagonia Lake Cleanup/picnic (Oct. 10, 2020) have been cancelled/postponed. Please check in later or wait to receive future ENews letters for future event & trip notices. Thank you.
Sept. 2020 Meeting Update: Indoor meetings at Summit Hut are NOT an option at this time due to Covid-19 public safety restrictions. Please stay tuned to hear news of our next "outdoor" meeting (Sept. 9). If the City of Tucson opens Parks & Recs. by Sept., SAPC will attempt to hold our meeting at Reid Park, Tucson. Please wait for confirmation via our ENews.
Multi-day Paddling Announcements: Contact - Peg Davis to sign-up
First trip: “Easy” paddle on Lake Powell September 16-22, 2020
There is no truly easy trip here, but we will not cover more than 10 miles a day. This group stays together and travel will be adjusted for skill levels. Leave from Antelope Point near Page. Kayaks with hatches and rudders required unless I know you are an expert paddler. Be prepared with all food, water and gear you will need. All waste must be carried out. Wag bags available. A rest day is planned mid-week and there will be opportunities for easy or arduous hiking. This trip is aimed for those who haven’t tried a trip like this for awhile or yet. I would like to visit Antelope Canyon, Navajo Canyon and possibly Labyrinth Canyon. We'll visit and probably camp on Antelope Island.
Second trip: “Intermediate” paddle on Lake Powell, September 23– 29, 2020
Contact – Peg Davis to sign-up
This paddle involves paddling up to 16 mi.- a day if warranted. Leave from Antelope Point near Page. I would like to visit Face and West Canyons. Kayaks with hatches and rudders required unless I know you are an expert paddler. Be prepared with all food, water and gear you will need. All waste must be carried out. Wagbags available. A rest day is planned mid-week and there will be opportunities for easy or arduous hiking. This trip is aimed for those who have previous experience on large lake crossings & have proper kayaking & multi-day paddling experience.
General info for both trips:
Temperatures expected: 54-86. Hot days, perfect for swimming. No useful moon for the first trip, early evening moon for the second trip. Be prepared to sit out a day due to high winds; this seems to happen every year. The Link pasted below will give you maps (USGS & aerial) of all sections of the lake, go to the “Maps” section to become familiar with the canyon names, their topography & locations. I will not be providing maps.
Everyone should be self-contained with at least 3 liters of water per day, a working water filter, backpacking stove & fuel. Food for at least 8 days (B,L,D & snacks), all camping gear, tent, etc. Clothes for all weather conditions, WAG Bags & sealed containers to carry out waste. (Let me know if you need some wag bags or a poop tube; SAPC & I have extras.)
Spray skirt – the wind produces waves. Emergency equipment (spare paddle, line, bilge pump, paddle float, rain gear, headlamp). Optional: tarp for rain or sun.
Bring some sand bags for use as tent anchors on slickrock. Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, day pack, sun screen, extra bottles. Please note that rain or bad wind may require a lay-over day.
Everyone must wear a PFD at all times on the water. This trip requires a large enough kayak to carry all supplies for 8 days.
Fish ‘n Go Map Co. map of Lake Powell South
Boater’s Guide to Lake Powell by Michael R. Kelsey
Dear Paddle Pals, I feel the need to check-in with you all in respect to our long-time twice-yearly service to Patagonia State Park, and our "For the Sake of the Lake" clean up. This check-in unfortunately at present will contain little in the way of information that may shed light on our path forward. All of what we are currently experiencing is new to the park service as well as ourselves individually, and as an organization. Our 24th annual Oct . clean up scheduled for Oct. 10th must remain unconfirmed at this point. At present the Park Service is under a modified form of operation. I have had conversation with the Parks head ranger Colt Alford with in the last couple of weeks. Though the park is attracting sizable numbers of people, it is unclear as to whether organized group activity will be welcome by that date.
I am so looking forward to the possibility of our fall cleanup which will pave the way for next year's 25th Anniversary (That's Silver you know) For the Sake of the Lake clean up. Some one told me awhile back that they were sure that our length of service to Patagonia Lake qualifies as a state record for a service organizations continuous commitment to such an activity. That is something S.A.P.C. can be quite proud of. I know I am quite proud of it and have you all to thank for that. -Paddle Pal Royce