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Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite Reef
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Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar Jul 10 2021
adilling
Kayak12.00 Miles 84 AEG
Kayak12.00 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   3.91 mph
84 ft AEG
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Richard invited me to take paddle down the Salt River and I jumped at a chance to make another trip down the river.

We met at the Granite Reef Rec. Area at 530am and the parking lot was full. I got the last spot. We drove up to the Water Users and pushed off about 6am.

My other trips down the river, besides the tubing I did back when my sons were smaller, were in either single or tandem sit in kayaks. Our vessel on this day was of the "sit on" type. I discovered, quickly, that it's not a matter of if you will get wet with this type of kayak, but how bad will you get soaked. Unfortunately for me, I decided to bring my old dslr along. My other trips down were relatively "dry" and I just figured this would be the same.

We did find on the first sets of rapids that the kayak was hard to control when the flow speed up in the "rapids". But, we made it through wet, but unscathed until we got to the turn just past the Goldfield Rec. Area. We misjudged the current and even though we were paddling like crazy, we hit the rapids at an angle rather than straight on. The kayak hit a big set and over it went with us and all our gear as well. We made it to the shore and regrouped. But, the river managed to take both of our hats and my phone (which was inside one of the pouches in my pack). And, my old Nikon was soaked.

After that set back, we actually had a great time. Most of the other paddlers, kayakers and fishing folks exited at Goldfield. We came across at least 4 bands of horses between Goldfield and Coon Bluff. More horses than I have ever seen out there.

Arriving at Granite Reed 3 hours later, it was a complete zoo. So many people on the water. The road was lined with cars, many with the "red tag" of pain, complements of the rangers who had a never-ending set of "customers" on this day. The drive back to Water Users to drop off Richard was crazy as well. He had to get out of the truck on Bush Highway walk to his Pilot as the lot was blocked off by Sheriff's Deputies. We met up back further down on the Bush Highway to get the kayak on his vehicle.

So, in spite of the problems with the capsizing, it was a great day. I now know to NOT bring any camera along on this river unless it's waterproofed. I also now know what to expect with on a sit on kayak, and how to control it when approaching rougher water. My phone has insurance, so that will be replaced. My old camera, who knows? The lens has dried out and appears to be working ok. I think my 7 year old Nikon has finally met the end. It survived multiple drops along the trails, freezing weather, intense heat, rain storms, dust storms, but the river proved too much. Over 200,000 actuations and many happy memories along the way. :(
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