One week left in Salt River paddling season

Four kayakers paddle down the river with cliffs behind them

Better get your last paddle in now—the end of the main paddling season on the Lower Salt River is fast approaching. SRP is planning to substantially decrease the water releases from Stewart Mountain Dam (aka, the dreaded “river swap”) starting Monday, October 5. Within 2-3 days, the river will be down around 8cfs—far too low … Read more

Salt River Tubing to remain closed until 2021 season

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is closed through the end of the season. The company will not re-open after being closed for much of the summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. That means that the usual throngs of tubers and shuttle buses will not return for the final stretch of the kayaking season.

Self launch at Saguaro Lake Ranch currently unavailable

View of Goldfield Mountains and Salt River from kayak

Saguaro Lake Ranch has temporarily eliminated the “self launch” option due to Gov Ducey’s Executive Order closing tubing rental companies. The ranch is not entirely sure if they are bound by the order, but don’t want to take the chance. Expect that option to return when the governors order expires (the current order has no … Read more

Lower Salt River remains open amid Stage 3 fire restrictions

While nearly all of Tonto National Forest’s nearly 3 million acres are currently closed to public entry due to extreme fire danger, the recreation sites along the Lower Salt River remain open. This includes all of the main recreation sites used by kayakers and paddle boarders, including: Water Users, Pebble Beach, Blue Point, Goldfield, Coons … Read more

Expect lower river flows in July

With the Governor’s executive order shutting down rentals at Salt River Tubing and Recreation, I’ve learned that Salt River Project will be taking the opportunity to reduce releases from Stewart Mountain Dam, aiming for a range of 350-500 cfs and a target of about 425 cfs. By doing so, they will be able to increase … Read more