Salt River floating picnics planned Memorial Day weekend at annual cleanup

SRTR Memorial Day Saturday 2014

SRTR Memorial Day Saturday 2014

Thousands of floaters will be celebrating an Arizona family and reunion tradition with a “floating picnic” during Memorial Day weekend on the Lower Salt River in Tonto National Forest, according to a press release.

For decades, Memorial Day weekend has signaled the beginning of Arizona’s fun in the sun.  “Floating picnics” on the refreshing, mountain stream waters of the Lower Salt River are the coolest ride to beat the heat in the great outdoors!  Take Pride in Arizona and join Salt River Tubing and local radio stations as they encourage tubers to be responsible public lands stewards and help keep the Salt River clean and beautiful during the 20th Annual Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero event, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 23-25.  Salt River Tubing is in Tonto National Forest on North Power Road, just minutes from Loop 202 East and Power Road Exit 23A.  Check out Salt River Tubing’s latest slideshow on Salt River Heroes at www.saltrivertubing.com or http://player.vimeo.com/video/95605970.

The holiday weekend Take Pride in America event has been phenomenally successful as tubers have bagged more than 660 tons of picnic litter during the past 19years and reduced the amount of trash on the river by 90percent, according to the release.

Salt River Tubing employees will be distributing thousands of free litter bags to tubers as they prepare to launch their floating picnics on the Salt River.  The event offers live entertainment, free giveaways, beach line dancing and hula hoop contests that enhance the “thrill and chill” theme of Arizona’s Floating Picnic.  The Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero event is co-sponsored by radio stations KKFR POWER 98.3 and JAMZ 101.5 FM.

The Memorial Day weekend is consistently a sold-out event each day.  Henri Breault, President/C.E.O. of Salt River Tubing, encourages “floaters to arrive early in the morning to ensure parking and tube rental availability.  Tube rental doors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday through Monday on the holiday weekend for early-bird floaters.  Additional overflow parking areas are available this year for Memorial Day weekend in the Lower Salt River Recreation Area, which should ease the traffic problems experienced in previous years.  Don’t be late and miss the opportunity of a fabulous floating picnic.  Henri Breault, president of Salt River Tubing, commends the Salt River tubers that have pitched in to “lend a hand” on their public lands and help keep the Salt River free of litter.  “It’s so easy to be a Salt River Hero – just take personal responsibility for your picnic trash while floating and “stash it & bag it” in the litter bags that are provided by our company during tube rental.”  Responsible stewardship has resulted in a clean and beautiful Salt River each day during the holiday weekend.

Take Pride in America is a national partnership that aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers to put their love of country to work to improve our national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, cultural and historic sites, playgrounds and other recreation areas.  Salt River Tubing has received a record four National Take Pride in America awards for the company’s conservation efforts in Tonto National Forest (1991, 2003, 2006 and 2010).

Shooting the Salt River rapids is great fun and company officials recommend the following helpful tubing tips to assist tubers in planning their floating picnics for the holiday weekend:

  • A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per 5 tubes rented.
  • Children must be 8 years or older AND at least four feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service.
  • Life vests are strongly recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers.
  • Glass containers by law are not allowed at the Salt River and will be confiscated.  Ice chests will be inspected for glass containers before boarding shuttle buses.  Please use plastic bottles or aluminum cans.
  • Have a great time during your floating picnics but remember that drugs, alcohol and the Salt River do not mix.  Responsibly appoint a designated driver before your tubing adventure.
  • Floating picnic ideas:  fresh fruit, burritos, fried chicken, or sandwiches.  Pack in Ziploc bags to keep dry.  Please stash and bag all picnic supplies in litter bags while floating.
  • Ice chest/coolers: Fill with ice, sport drinks, fruit juice and water.  One to two bottles of water per hour while floating is recommended to help prevent dehydration.
  • Sun block, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn.  A minimum 30 SPF is recommended.

For more information about Salt River Tubing & Recreation, please visit the website at www.saltrivertubing.com or call 480-984-3305 at Salt River Tubing headquarters.  The Memorial Day Weekend Holiday operating hours are 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and the latest tube rental is 2 p.m. (weather and water flow permitting).   The cost of tube rental is $17 per person/tube and includes shuttle bus service.  Salt River Tubing does not accept checks, debit or credit cards.  Cash only.  Salt River Tubing operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service and is in Tonto National Forest, in Mesa.

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