Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Canyon Lake Kayaking
when February 19, 2024 Monday
Trip Report : October 24, 2023
Trip Report : December 13, 2022
  Trip Report : November 16, 2021
  Trip Report : April 28, 2021
where Canyon Lake
the kayak     This will be the Trailblazers first kayaking trip to Canyon Lake this year. We last kayaked the lake in October, 2023. We will meet at the Acacia Picnic Site and launch our kayaks off the beach. From there we’ll start paddling north on the lake to Russ Cove, Bass Creek, and the Point Campground, keeping close to the shoreline.
    We’ll plan on pulling in to shore for a lunch break around 11:30 or so at the Point Campground, located about 2.5 miles from the Acacia launch area. This is a nice site on a bluff overlooking the lake, with picnic tables and restrooms. From there, we’ll paddle back to the launch area.
    Please be advised that we may have to postpone this trip due to unfavorable weather conditions, especially high winds on the lake.
•  Life Jacket
•  At least 2 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 5 to 6 miles of kayaking.
time 4 to 5 hours, with rest breaks, a lunch stop, and photo ops.
EC none
elevations 1,660 feet.
type loop
starting at Acacia Picnic Site
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a kayaker.
dogs allowed no
cost You will need either a Tonto Pass, Senior Pass, National Parks Pass, or America the Beautiful Pass to park in the Acacia Picnic Site. Be sure to display your pass on a hang tag or place it on your dashboard.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 9:00 AM at the Acacia Picnic Site.
•  Take US 60 east to Idaho Road.
Take Idaho Road north to the Apache Trail (SR 88). Turn right onto the Apache Trail.
Take the Apache Trail to Canyon Lake and make a left turn at the Acacia Picnic Site. If you pass the Palo Verde Boating Site, you have gone too far.
Once you’ve reached the Acacia Picnic Site area, keep going past the first restroom and parking area to the second and farthest restroom and parking area. The launch area will be closer to our vehicles in this last parking area.
We’ll launch our kayaks at the beach at the Acacia Picnic Site and park our vehicles in the parking lot.
Restrooms are located nearby.

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