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Chevelon Creek - Lower Reservoir, AZ
mini location map2016-07-26
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Chevelon Creek - Lower Reservoir, AZ 
Chevelon Creek - Lower Reservoir, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 26 2016
azbackpackr
Kayak5.98 Miles
Kayak5.98 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.10 mph
      43 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This is an amazing little reservoir, visited by few. It's at the lower end of Chevelon Canyon, close to its juncture with the Little Colorado River. A few miles east of East Clear Creek reservoir, it's somewhat similar. Not as deep, however. Chevelon Canyon itself is 40 miles long, but this reservoir is only about 4 miles long or so, but due to log jams, you can't easily kayak the whole thing.

We kayaked upstream first until we reached the first log jam. Although spry people with light boats can portage it, we elected not to. I'm told there are three log jams. A good flood could knock them loose, I suppose. They occur because the canyon is narrow, and the logs washing downstream in floods get stuck, and more come down the next year and get stuck. So it would have to be a truly big flood to unjam them.

Then we turned around and kayaked downstream to the dam, which is little more than a low cement wall. It appears there is more creek beyond, and we talked about going further sometime, but it probably doesn't go very far.

We looked for petroglyphs, since the Rock Art Ranch is just upstream. I went there yesterday (will post). Anyway, we didn't see any 'glyphs.

It's an interesting area.

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