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Phoenix, Arizona Canoe & kayak tours

Our most recommended Phoenix, Arizona Canoe & kayak tours

Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

1. Phoenix and Mesa: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the Tonto National Forest on a self-guided kayaking tour around Saguaro Lake. Paddle through canyons, see beautiful desert scenery, and discover the local flora and native wildlife from a unique perspective. Escape the heat and feel refreshed by one of the most stunning lakes of Arizona. Travel at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to truly take in the picturesque views. Start with an orientation of basic safety and paddling instructions. The “sit-on-top”-style kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver. Before you know it you’ll be paddling below thousand-foot cliffs. Explore the lake's glimmering waters and discover coves and craggy shorelines. Keep your eyes open for the native wildlife native to the Tonto National Forest.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

2. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

3. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

Paddle through gorgeous Saguaro Lake on a kayak with this guided desert tour. Enjoy hours on the water with your experienced guide, splashing, relaxing, and viewing unique wildlife. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.   Kayaking in Arizona is a unique experience, which offers you the chance to see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora, only found in this distinctive ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. This tour is available for individuals and groups, and is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.

Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

4. Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

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.

Phoenix: Lake Pleasant Sunset Kayak Tour

5. Phoenix: Lake Pleasant Sunset Kayak Tour

Step away from the stress of daily life and enjoy the tranquility of Lake Pleasant at the best time of the day. Come up close with local wildlife as you paddle along bays and islands on a guided kayak tour. Take in amazing views of lush nature, just a few miles out of Phoenix. Meet your guide at the waterfront with all the necessary gear for your adventure. Paddle away from the shore to explore the most beautiful corners of Lake Pleasant, located in the Northwest Valley, about 45 minutes from Downtown Phoenix. Surround yourself with 10,000 acres of natural landscapes. Take advantage of sit-on-top kayaks with a backrest for relaxing and effortless navigation. Enjoy the activity in the company of your partner, family, or friends, and be inspired by the vibrant colors of the sunset from the water.

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What people are saying about Phoenix, Arizona

We had a wonderful time kayaking. The guides were knowledgeable, and did an outstanding job. The drive to the river & setting things up was seamless. Highly recommend this tour.

Great trip. Beautiful and tranquil day on the river. Had a great intro before we paddled, and the river was easy to navigate even as a beginners. Would do it again.

The tour was great! Beautiful scenery and sunset. The tour guides were extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!

We had a great experience! The guides were very informative and friendly, and the scenery was amazing!

Anthony was amazing. He gave great instructions and was a pleasure to kayak with!