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Arizona whitewater, Salt River

Gila county, Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
 
This is Class II below 1,000 and Class I from 1,500 to 3,000. Says Bill R

The wonderful Arizona scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The average Arizona whitewater
    rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. This river system has a few
good paddling stretches and the Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam section is one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
You beyond doubt
 
must explore Lost Dutchman State Park while you're here at Salt River, and the fine folks of Fort Mcdowell like to hang out nearby. There are good spots to discover along the Second Water Trail. Salt River is pretty waterless typically. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily December, that's the one that rains the most, and June is the month with the least moisture. Summer brings highs in the 100's to Salt River, and during the night it cools down to the 70's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 60's; nighttime lows during the wintertime for Salt River tend to be in the 30's.

Salt River, Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Salt River.
 Whitewater Near Salt River:
Salt River, Gila County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 12 miles long (Stewart Mountain Dam to Granite Reef Dam)
Verde River, Maricopa County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Bartlett Reservoir to confluence with Salt River)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Proof, Maricopa County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Desert Voyagers, Maricopa County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Verde River, Yavapai / Maricopa County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 19 miles long (Horseshoe Reservoir to Bartlett Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Salt River:
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 85 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
 Marinas Near Salt River:
Saguaro Lake Marina, Mesa , 5 miles away
Canyon Lake Marina And Campground, Apache Junction , 10 miles away
Canyon Lake Marina Canyon Lake, Mesa , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Salt River:
Comfort Inn Fountain Hills - Scottsdale, Fountain Hills , 7 miles away
Westgate Painted Mountain Country Club, Mesa , 8 miles away
Lexington Hotel And Suites Fountain Hills North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN Apache Junction Inn, Apache Junction , 8 miles away
Super 8 Mesa/Phoenix Power And Main, Mesa , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salt River:
Lower Salt River Recreation Area - Goldfield, Fort Mcdowell, 1 miles away
Lower Salt River Recreation Area - Coon Bluff, Fort Mcdowell, 2 miles away
Lower Salt River Recreation Area - Pebble Beach, Apache Junction, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Salt River:
Second Water Trail, Maricopa , 14 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 534 feet elevation difference
Black Mesa Trail, Maricopa , 15 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 657 feet elevation difference
Boulder Trail, Maricopa , 16 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 659 feet elevation difference
West Boulder Trail, Pinal , 16 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 1623 feet elevation difference
Red Hills Trail, Maricopa , 17 miles away,  9.6 hiking miles, 502 feet elevation difference
Pipeline Trail, Maricopa , 18 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 2229 feet elevation difference
Needle Trail, Pinal , 18 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 1203 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salt River:
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coolidge - AZ , 34 miles away
Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt - AZ , 43 miles away
Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona , 10 miles away
Tonto National Forest, Arizona , 26 miles away
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Arizona , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salt River:
Las Sendas Golf Club, Mesa , 5 miles away
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Fort Mcdowell , 6 miles away
View Point Golf Resort, Mesa , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Salt River
Maxwell Lake, Maricopa , 3 miles away
Saguaro Lake, Maricopa , 5 miles away
Bartlett Reservoir, Maricopa , 16 miles away

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