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Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Kayak avatar Jun 21 2016
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Kayak3.63 Miles
Kayak3.63 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.29 mph
      8 Mns Break
 
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I had been visiting with a friend in Holbrook, and brought my little inflatable kayak to use at East Clear Creek on the way home. I don't enjoy paddling it as much as my big sea kayak, but it's convenient to just stick it in the back of my Jeep, folded up in its duffel bag. (Also, I like to get some use out of it.) I bought it to be a "loaner" and also to use when I don't have room to pack the big boat.

It was really hot in Holbrook and Winslow. Felt good to be on the water. Lots of people swimming. The water temperature was pleasant.

The reservoir was beautiful, as always, and on this solstice day there were thunderstorms. Wonderful reflections. Warm rain fell on me from time to time as I paddled, and thunder rumbled. As usual in summer, there were some swimmers and cliff jumpers. Once you paddle on past the swimmers and graffiti there is a lot of canyon remaining where you'll have peace and quiet. The water was a couple of feet low, it appeared to me. This would mean you probably can't paddle up quite as far as usual.

Cliff swallows, feeding their young in their mud jug nests hung under ledges of the cliffs, "keer keered" at me as I took photos of their nests. But the thunderstorms were getting worse, so I turned around.

As for birds: during my stay in Holbrook, there was a mockingbird singing. I miss hearing them. They're not common in the high country where I summer. I love hearing their complex songs.

With my Jeep, I also checked out the largely-unknown lower Chevelon Creek reservoir. It's reachable via Territorial Road and McLaws Road, where there's a bridge across it. There's a 4WD road to the put-in, just north of the bridge, on the west side of the creek. This little reservoir is just a few miles east of Winslow. Not at all well-known, it's kind of a shallower and narrower version of East Clear Creek reservoir--in a canyon between cliffs. I plan to paddle there soon, but need to find someone to go with. It's very remote, there's usually no one else around. I know, that doesn't usually stop me, but still, I would prefer a companion for that mini-adventure.
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I looked at the lower Chevelon Reservoir from McLaws Road bridge. Thought about paddling there. It's largely unknown except to locals. Just below the dam is the Little Colorado River, so it is NOT near Chevelon Lake, rather is at least 30 miles downstream from it. Similar to East Clear Creek, a long lake with cliffs on either side, etc. Maybe next time, after it's been raining a while.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Clear Creek Reservoir 76-100% full 76-100% full
A couple of feet lower than last year.
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