Water activity

Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences
Water activity

Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences

From US$ 140 per person

Try your hand at either paddling a kayak or manoeuvring a stand-up paddle board on Saguaro Lake. Explore the scenic desert oasis situated between the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks on this guided water adventure.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Cool off on a warm summer day with a guided paddle board or kayak adventure through a gorgeous desert oasis
  • Marvel at the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert and its plants and wildlife
  • Feel at ease with a safety-certified guide, bottled water and snacks, a life jacket, and roundtrip accommodation
  • Take a dip in the cool desert waters, and enjoy the rich opportunities for watching wildlife
Full description
Enjoy a fun and relaxing tour on Saguaro Lake, situated between the rugged Superstition Mountains and the towering Four Peaks. Try your hand at either paddling an inflatable kayak or balancing and manoeuvring a stand-up paddle board. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.  Take the time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to this ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. Spot many importance species of wildlife in this diverse desert reservoir, such as bald eagles, desert bighorn sheep, and numerous examples of reptiles and amphibians. As a foraging area of the famous Salt River horses, you can marvel at these beautiful animals as they graze along the shore. This tour is suitable for all ages and ability levels. The inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to manoeuvre, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The SUPs offer a more playful technique, and even if you have no prior experience, you'll learn to balance, kneel, or stand on the board within no time. You may opt to trade watercraft with your fellow paddlers mid-tour, or stick with one discipline.
  • Professional safety-certified guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Inflatable double kayak OR stand-up paddle board, paddles
  • PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • National Forest entry fees
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

• Butcher Jones Recreation Site, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264, USA • Please arrive early

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Bare feet

Know before you go

  • Due to crowds at local waterways, the tour may take place in several local lakes or rivers. Please see email confirmation for meeting location or get in touch
  • Please wear weather-appropriate, athletic clothing (e.g. shorts and a t-shirt, a bathing suit, and long sleeves for cooler mornings). It's recommended to bring a change of clothes with you
  • Please wear water-appropriate shoes such as sports sandals or old sneakers. These must stay on your feet at all times; flip flops and bare feet are not allowed
  • You are also recommended to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, lip balm, any necessary medications and a sun hat

Product ID: 243822