Kayaking on the Gila River, a journey into the near wild

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
DSCN0795.JPG

Keep your eyes open. You may see something quite unexpected. Nina Crowder | Copper Basin News

By Nina Crowder

Copper Basin News

Kayaking in the Copper Corridor takes just a short journey for a day filled with fun, laughs, sight-seeing and exercise.

Just 20 miles from Mammoth to Winkelman off Highway 77, turn right to Winkelman Flats Park, where the park is free for day use. Park one vehicle here and then in a second vehicle with kayaks, continue north on Highway 77 for 3.2 miles, which will bring you to the Shores.

Or, if you feel adventurous, continue on Highway 77 for 6.7 miles from Winkelman Flats to Christmas. Either place enables you to put your kayaks in the Gila River and start your adventure.

As our kayaks were set in the water, the wildlife viewing started right away with mallard ducks just ahead that were startled and started flying. There are several spots in the river that seem like they are going to be white water rapids, but were actually rocks with the water pouring over them. Where many of the rocks were it was very shallow and we had to walk through some of those areas to keep from bottoming out on the kayaks.

From the Christmas use area to the Shores area, it was approximately 2.75 hours. From the Shores to Winkelman Flats was approximately 1.75 hours.

From the Shores to Winkelman Flats we were able to see two deer drinking from the river. The mallard ducks stayed with us throughout the day. There were many other birds including hummingbirds, red cardinals and sparrows. There were some good rapids and we had several wipe-outs throughout the day that kept our laughter up and kept us anticipating what was around the next corner of the river.

When the river splits it is necessary to select the route you feel is best. There is no particular way to tell which route will be better, just do your best and know that you may end up upside down in your kayak.

It is important that you don’t go the river alone as many people wipe out and get caught in the tree branches or tree roots that are along both sides of the river. Be sure to wear protective gear including life jackets and bring plenty of water to drink.

The Gila River is a major waterway through Arizona and generally runs year round. Lately with our temperatures close to 75 degrees and plenty of sunshine it’s a perfect time to try out the Gila River.

Winkelman Flat Park has an array of covered picnic tables, softball fields, children’s jungle gym area, an arena for horse activities and great places to camp. The time is right to get out and enjoy our Copper Corridor!

admin (7655 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Gila County to Consider Long-Term Debt for Projects

    11 hours ago
    by

      (Globe, AZ) On January 6, 2015, the Gila County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to consider […]


    ADOT: No construction closures through Jan. 2 to help with state-highway holiday travel

    11 hours ago
    by

    PHOENIX — To help with holiday travel, drivers will not encounter any state highway closures for construction work today (Dec. […]


    Give the Gift of the Outdoors; Purchase Annual Passes Online and Check State Parks on your Taxes

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix- For families looking for the perfect gift, why not get an Annual Pass to Arizona’s State Parks? Beginning in […]


    Pinal County Economic Development Director: “A Good Foundation for the Future is in Place”

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel says that 2014 saw the Board of Supervisors take tremendous steps […]


  • Stories Just For You

    Hayden Senior Center enjoys Christmas luncheon

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Hayden’s Senior Center enjoyed a terrific turnout for their annual Christmas Luncheon.


    Love Lights and Luminaries on Alden Street

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Alden Street will be lit up in memory or in honor of those who have meant something to those in the Copper Basin area.


    San Manuel wrestlers take eighth place at Red Mountain Invitational

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The San Manuel Wrestling team went 6 – 4 at last weekend’s Red Mountain Inviational, finishing in 8th place and winning the Silver Pool.


    Bearcats fall to rival Panthers for first time in five years

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Freshman Marcos Bueno and senior Ricky Longoria combined for 39 points to lead Superior to a 60 – 56 victory versus Ray last Wednesday.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin