Trip & Social Announcements

New September Lake Powell 8-day paddle – Sept. 16 to 23, 2024

(Second attempt after wind stopped the May effort)

My goal is to leave Hall’s Crossing and paddle toward Cataract Cyn. until the current becomes unpaddlable.  This will be 100 miles of self sufficient paddling, so good experience and boats are required. Expect 10 miles days or longer. No car shuttle needed! I stay ashore during bad weather. No big hikes planned, but variations are possible for different paddlers’ goals.
Please contact me with questions.

Lake Powell, UT

Sunrise paddle on the lower Salt River
 Monday, June 10, 2024
Meet at Granite Reef Dam at 5:00 am Monday June 10.  Drive north on Power Road off the 202 in Mesa, turn in where Power Road bends and descends; this comes up with little warning. Set up the car shuttle to Water Users (east on Bush Highway). Put in around 5:45 am. Pack a fleece in a dry bag. This is a safety measure in case of flipping. Take out at Granite Reef Dam 11 miles and up to 4 hours later. We’ll pause at the big rock to take a break and maybe some leaping into the water. There can be an upstream breeze for the last hour. 

What to bring: PFD use mandatory. Bring plenty of water & snacks. This is the perfect setting to use inflatable kayaks, paddleboards, sit-on-tops or any other real boat like a short hardshell. No tubes or floaty toys allowed as watercraft. Hats and sunblock needed. I wear long sleeves, long pants.
No rapids, some riffles, a few splashy wave trains, twists & turns to have fun in and get a little wet.

Parking: A Tonto Natl. Forest use permit (or a Natl. Parks Senior Pass) is needed for each 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.

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. 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. If you need a boat, I may be able to help you. 

If you want to camp the night before, the only camping I know of in the area is Usery Mountain Regional Park about 10 miles away.

Please contact me by June 8 to join this trip. Let me know if you have questions. 

pegdavis at u dot arizona dot edu. 

Text: 520.628.8985

Summer River Tripping in WA – July, 2024

Back-to-back river paddle trips near Spokane, WA:

  Pend Oreille River – 52 miles, July 1-4.  Columbia River – 57 miles, July 5-8.
  These trips are known to paddlers (kayak/canoe).  Extensive on-line information :
  Pend Oreille River Water Trail   and   National Park Service / Lake Roosevelt NRA
  Boat-in / shoreline camping, occasional boat ramps / facilities, a few small towns.
  3 people on board, room for more.  Logistics pre-figured but flexible.
  contact – Bob Schoen