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Salt River at Night!

Posted by Jeremy Schneider on August 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

 

This months Kayak trip was a celebration trip for us at Sonoran Kayak Rentals after months of planning we have finally opened a west valley kayak rental location. That's right west siders your requests have been heard! To celebrate this event along with the 30th birthday of one of our guys we decided to do a night paddle down the salt river!

We loaded up the trailers and had a huge group grabbed some food and a big box of glow sticks one for each kayak. Its fun to see all the glow sticks bobbing in the water as the kayaks go by. We entered the water users recreation site and put in the water around sunset. With it being a weekday night we had the river to our selves. The temperature on the water was just about 80 degrees a nice change from the valleys 100+ With about 3/4 of the moon showing there was no need for headlamps our eyes adjusted to the darkness and we could see actually quite well. For the most part our group of kayakers have ran the river hundreds of times but just the simple change from day to night made for an all new experience. Being highly experienced at running the river is not required to do this trip. We had a few first timers with us and even one guy who had never been on a kayak once in his life! We half floated half paddled and just relaxed, the river only flows one direction so no need to worry about getting lost. When we passed under the bridge at blue point recreation area everyone sang Happy Birthday to Jeremy at full volume and way off pitch haha. It made for some fun times. We then continued our leisurely paddle down to the Goldfield recreation area. The exit point is very clearly marked on the left hand side. We enhanced this areas visibility when we dropped off the cars at this site on the way in with a glow stick hanging from one of the exit point signs. It was waiting for us on our return glowing brightly. This section took us about 2.5 hours and was well worth it I would highly recommend it as another fun way to enjoy kayaking in Arizona!

 

This month Canyon Lake

Posted by Jeremy Schneider on April 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Every month we will check out a new waterway so you will have a new place to try and kayak.

This month we went to Canyon Lake, located East of phoenix at 16802 Arizona 88, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219

Amenities include multiple boat launches, access to fishing, picnic ramadas, picnic tables, playground equipment, docks for fishing, and hiking trails.

This is a lake that covers about 950 acres, which worked out for a two day kayak trip.

A group of 12 of us went up to Canyon Lake for some camping and fishing from the kayak action.

We spent a few hours fishing mostly with just nightcrawlers and caught some sunfish some bass, I'm told there are also catfish, carp, and crapie in the lake although we didn't reel any of these in.

We set up camp at the Russ cove area good size area big enough for all our tents. Another great option is The point campground this area has a dock and pit toilets.

On the second day we paddled our kayaks into crucifix gorge and then did a day hike back through the gorge some good scenery with some ancient ruins. We spotted a large group of big horn sheep hanging out on the north side of the main lake area. The water felt about 60 degrees perfect for jumping in and cooling off.

I would definitely recommend this lake for a nice day or multi day trip, especially to beat the heat of Phoenix. Good scenery and a short drive.

This lake becomes a popular boating lake for water skiers during the summer months. However there are still plenty of areas to paddle where the big boats are not allowed.

Check back soon to see a new place to get out and enjoy Arizona!


This month Watson Lake

Posted by Jeremy Schneider on July 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Every month we will check out a new waterway so you will have a new place to try and kayak. 

This month we went to Watson Lake, located in the Prescott area. The lake is four miles north of downtown Prescott at 3101 N State Route 89.

Amenities include two boat launches, access to fishing, picnic ramadas, showers for campers, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, playground equipment, and hiking trails.

This is a smaller lake that covers about 380 acres, which worked out for a perfect short day of kayaking.  Throughout the lake are large rock boulders, some scattered about and some stacked on top of each other, which made for a nice day of kayaking around all the rock outcroppings. 

A group of 4 of us went up to Prescott for the day for a little BBQ and fishing from the kayak action. 

We spent a few hours fishing and caught some sunfish and a cat fish. I'm told there are also large mouth, carp, and crapie in the lake. 

I would definitely recommend this lake for a nice day trip, especially to beat the heat of Phoenix.  Good scenery and a short drive.

Check back soon to see a new place to get out and enjoy Arizona!

Winter Kayaking

Posted by Jeremy Schneider on June 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM Comments comments (0)

** IMPORTANT**  when you kayak you dont get wet unless you want to  our kayaks are very stable so you wont tip. so now is the time to kayak our local lakes!


Well now that Arizona has reached cooler temps it’s time to talk about Winter time kayaking in AZ.

 

 

Local lakes: If you’re thinking about kayaking some of our local lakes it’s still a great time to do so. Canyon, Saguaro, Apache, Roosevelt, Pleasant, etc are all open, and for the first time in many years filled to capacity after this year’s rains. Now is the perfect time to kayak these lakes. with little to no boat traffic and perfect temps. come see what arizona has to offer. 

 

 

River Kayaking: Phoenix residents are blessed to have a fun easy river so close to us. The Lower Salt River is located about 5 min north of the 202 and Power Road and offers some great kayaking. The river flow is greatly slowed down but is still open from Phon D sutton to granite reef this makes for a fun short kayak trip (under two hours) with calm water and cooler temps its a perfect place to take the family. 

If you continue past Phon D Sutton there is a good chance you could see some of the local mustang heard grazing in the water. especially in the winter months. also December through February the bald eagles return to nest in some of the large trees along the river so bring your camera.

 

 

City lakes:

Dont have the time to make it out to the lake but still want to try some kayaking the phoenix area has 30+ city lakes you can paddle around in. The largest being Tempe Town Lake.


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