Canyon Lake Kayaking Tour

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ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
Tour Length
Guide Type
Skill Level
​Beginner - Intermediate

This kayak tour on Canyon Lake, located in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, combines the serenity of lake paddling with the dramatic scenery of the jagged Superstition Mountains to the south and Arizona’s iconic and austere Four Peaks towering to the north. Expect calm waters, wildlife, stories of the area’s history, waterfront lunch, and much more on REI’s guided tour of beautiful Canyon Lake. The lake is formed by one of five dams on the Salt River; it sits upstream of Saguaro Lake and downstream of Apache and Roosevelt Lakes. Each of these provide ample opportunity for recreation and incredible scenery. The Salt River has always been important to the people who’ve made their homes in central Arizona’s lower Sonoran Desert. It was the lifeblood of early indigenous inhabitants who carved irrigation canals for agriculture and found ways to thrive in the desert landscapes. Today, these reservoirs build on that legacy and make it possible for metro Phoenix to grow and thrive. Enjoy a full day kayak tour in this dramatic setting and pause to appreciate the beauty of the canyons and the importance this river system.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional safety-certified guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Touring kayak, paddles, dry storage, personal flotation device
  • Permit, insurance, & full tour coordination
  • Shoreside picnic lunch
  • Transportation from the REI Adventure Center

What to Bring


Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, bathing suit, on cooler mornings long sleeves are advised. We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for after your kayaking trip.

Water shoes/sandals/old sneakers

These must stay on your feet at all times – sport sandals only please. Flip flops or bare feet are not allowed.


Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.

Upgrades + Additions

Hotel/Residence Pick Up

$250 per group – inquire over the phone

Private Tour

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour. We can schedule private tours any day of the week.

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).


  • 1 Person $ 518 pp 518
  • 2-3 People $ 259 pp 259
  • 4 or more $ 207 pp 207

Tours, rentals, and add-ons may be subject to sales tax at the local rate.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run Monday-Friday on request

Departure Times

Tours meet at 7:30am
Activity duration: 3-4 hours

two kayakers in orange kayaks face a canyon wall at Canyon Lake in Arizona

Be prepared to spend several hours exploring a beautifully remote reservoir in a hardshell touring kayak. Follow your guide’s lead to explore the rocky coves and quiet shores of this important reservoir. We recommend bringing a change of clothing and an extra layer which can be stored safely for you to use after or during your adventure. We provide lunch, snacks and water to sustain you on this inland odyssey. Every tour can be tailored for to meet each group’s level of paddling enthusiasm.

This guided tour is operated under permit of Cliff Creek Outfitters in the Tonto National Forest.

two kayakers in orange kayaks face a canyon wall at Canyon Lake in Arizona