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2016-12-26  
Canyon Lake Canoe, AZ
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Canyon Lake Canoe, AZ 
Canyon Lake Canoe, AZ
 
Canoeing avatar Dec 26 2016
ddgrunning
Canoeing3.17 Miles 440 AEG
Canoeing3.17 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   1.50 mph
440 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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The original plan was to canoe out to canoe out to Point Campground, with a pitstop and short hike up to the Point Campground Overlook. However, when we got to the lake, the wind was blowing harder than forecast, with small whitecaps across the lake. I was out with the family, and none of us is expert canoers, so we modified the plan and headed down from the dock, along the shoreline by the Acacia day use area, then under the bridge and up the First Water Creek outlet. The water was much calmer in the outlet and the canyon slots up a bit on the south side of the bridge, providing some beautiful scenery from the canoe vantage point. Eventually the shallow water prevented further canoeing, and we found a nice grassy spot to pull over for lunch and a quick off-trail scramble up to the top of a nearby high-point for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. After lunch, we paddled back. Against the wind, the going was a bit slower, but everyone was in good spirits and we counted it a success, even though we didn't reach our original goal. Still made some good family memories together. I'll be back when calmer waters prevail to tackle the original itinerary.
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