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Clear Creek ReservoirNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Kayak avatar Jul 01 2020
azbackpackr
Kayak6.28 Miles
Kayak6.28 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.23 mph
      23 Mns Break
 
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This is always a nice paddle, but these days the place is so well-known, it's better to go on a weekday. I was surprised when I got there to find it now costs $7 for a day pass, ($15 for camping) and the parking lot is paved! I really didn't mind paying. If Winslow wants to take better care of their facilities, and needs extra funds for that, I'm all for it. It has always been kind of shabby at the parking lot and also at the campground. More about the grafitti later...

It wasn't one of those perfectly windless days, which lend themselves to mirror reflections of the cliffs in the water. There was a breeze, but not an onerous one.

I wasn't sure, with my new sea kayak, how it would be getting all the way to the bitter end of the floatable water, where you can start hiking. But I did. This boat is fiberglass, so you really don't want a lot of abrasion and scratches, but I delicately avoided (most of) the underwater rocks in the upper end. I didn't go hiking on up. As before, I just wasn't prepared for it, although this time I was wearing Chacos, which are not slippery. I walked up a short distance.

When I got back down to the parking area, I considered paddling past there, on down to the dam and back up again, but it had become hot, crowded and a bit windy, so I left that for another day. It's actually better to do that part first. Next time I plan on getting there at the crack of dawn. Better conditions and fewer people.

About the grafitti: If you've been here before, you've seen all the painted rocks, especially by where people swim. In the summer of 2018, at the AZT festival in Flagstaff, I talked to people from Natural Restorations, that nonprofit group dedicated to removing grafitti, about the problem at East Clear Creek reservoir. They seemed interested, and asked me to send photos. Well, I didn't get around to sending photos until the following March. They responded right away, and they were still interested. But I didn't hear from them again until January 17 of this year when I received the following email: "I just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten about this project, it just took us a REALLY long time to find the property owner. I just got off the phone with the property owner and they are very excited about our help on the project and will give us permission. We need to get up there in the next month or two to measure the square footage of graffiti to start planning for the project and hopefully getting funding from REI again this year to tackle the project. Thanks again for reaching out to us about it and sending a picture!"

Well, we all know what happened to lots of projects after January of this year. The grafitti is still there. I may reach out to them, to let them know I'm paying attention. And as you have read, the property the grafitti is on does not belong to the city of Winslow, so they probably can't do much about the painting.
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