We may live in a desert but there are plenty of spots to stand-up paddlebaord (SUP) within an hour from home. Grab a board and hit the water! Need a board? You can grab a rental nearby at Desert Paddleboards, Riverbound Stand Up Paddleboard Shop or No Snow SUP shop.
Carved out near Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake is a great option for a day on the water. The views are incredible, with rugged rock formations lining the shores that make you feel like you’re in another world. Even better? Its only a 30-45 minute drive from the east valley!
Lower Salt River/Granite Reef
Most likely the closest (and stunning) SUP location from the east valley is the Granite Reef Recreation Site in Mesa, located where Bush Highway and Power Road meet. Truly an oasis in the desert with peaceful clear waters amd lush green riverbanks. Wild Horses are frequently spotted along the river’s edge.
Tempe Town Lake
This “lake” is formed by a dammed section of the Salt River, but its location in the heart of Tempe is a perfect of urban and desert life that make the Valley so special. There’s a great boat ramp that makes getting into the water quite easy.
Another reservoir on the Salt River, Saguaro Lake is the last of 4 reservoirs along the Salt River and features a quick scenic drive for those heading to the shore. Even better? Saguaro is also only a 30-45 minute drive from the east valley! Try the Butcher Jones site.
Before you start lathering the sunscreen, please do your research about access and permits as most (or all) these locations require a permit!