Lake Pleasant Regional Park - North Entrance to Fireman's Cove
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
(602) 506-9556

Location: Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19, follow signs from the main entrance off Castle Hot Springs Road to the north entrance of Lake Pleasant to Fireman’s Cove.

This event is fun for the whole family. Come out to Fireman's Cove and enjoy a day full of all things paddlesports. Test out different types of paddlecrafts, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy some live music. You won't want to miss this!

Bring your family and friends to this fun event! The only cost is the fees to enter the park. From 8am to 5pm, come out to Fireman’s Cove to try out all sorts of fun paddlecrafts. There will be sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks, canoes, Hobie pedal kayaks and other paddle crafts for you to try. This fun day will include paddling demos, contests, live music, food truck vendors, and other fun paddling related activities. Clothing that can get wet and water shoes are recommended. Life vests must be worn at the event when on the water. You may bring your own life vest (recommended), or the event will have loaner life vest at the loaner life vest fitting station. Bring cash for food and come enjoy a fun filled day on the water. It’s a blast, so don’t miss this event!

Who can attend? Anyone, so bring your family and friends!  Life-vests are provided and required for water recreation participation.  Bring your water clothes and plan on getting wet!

What is the cost? Only the $7 per vehicle and $2 paddle craft (if bringing your own) park entry fee, includes the event  to try out demo watercraft in the cove and to join the fun activities.  There is a ½ hour limit on trying each paddle craft.

Make sure to wear a swim suit or clothes you can get wet.  Bring a life vest if you have one, if not the event will provide loaner life vest for people on the water.   Don’t forget your water, sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, money for food, and shoes you can get wet.  Bring your family and friends for a fun time trying out all sorts of fun paddle craft!  Follow the “Paddle Fest” signs once close to the park.

If you plan to camp, please arrive early on Friday, space is limited. Fireman’s Cove is located just inside the north entrance to Lake Pleasant Regional Park. From Carefree Highway, head north on Castle Hot Springs Road past the main entrance to the stop sign and turn right to enter the park.


Time Activity
6:00AM Motorless Fishing Derby at Lake Pleasant – Call Lowergear for details. Sign-in/start is at Castle Creek Boat Ramp Area.  Derby last for about six hours starting around 6am. Awards at Paddlefest Event. For details go to:, or call Lowergear at 480-348-8917.
8AM - 5PM


  • Shoreline booths for free demo rides on kayaks, canoes, Hobie pedal craft, stand up paddleboards, and rafts.  You must stay inside Fireman’s Cove with demo paddle craft, and there is a ½ hour limit use per each paddle craft.
  • Start of the “Build-a-Boat” Contest – A very fun activity! (Outdoor Adventure Centers) Family or Friend teams make a boat out of provided materials anytime between 8am and 2pm, and then one member has to paddle it against the competition at 3pm, great fun!

Music by Darron Weston and the Gang - On two stages this year! Throughout the day (

All Day Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard (River Bound Sports)
8AM Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island (First 10 people, see Desert Breeze Tours)
9AM Locomotion Race #1 – A hoot! (Details see Outdoor Adventure Centers)

Daring Adventures Poker Paddle – Help and have fun! Chip in and help Daring Adventures Program which supports people with disabilities through kayaking and other outdoor adventure opportunities. See the Daring Adventures booth for details!

10AM Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island - First 10 people, see Desert Breeze Tours
10AM Paddlefit Activity - See Desert Lotus Paddle Boards
11AM Paddleboard Yoga - See Desert Lotus Paddle Boards
11:30AM How to Plan a Kayaking Expedition - BOW South Expeditions
11:30AM Locomotion Race #2 – Crazy fun! - Details see Outdoor Adventure Centers
12PM Scavenger Hunt Paddle – A funny challenge! - Lake Pleasant Regional Park
12PM Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island - First 10 people, see Desert Breeze Tours
1PM Paddlefit Activity - See Desert Lotus Paddle Boards
2PM Locomotion Race #3 – Last chance! - Details see Outdoor Adventure Centers
2PM Paddleboard Yoga - See Desert Lotus Paddle Boards
2PM Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island - First 10 people, see Desert Breeze Tours
2:30PM Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island - Desert Breeze
3PM The Fun “Build-A-Boat” Races! - Outdoor Adventure Centers
3:30PM How to Prep and Pack Food for a Kayak Camping Trip - BOW South Expeditions

Kayak Paddle Tour around Helm Island - First 10 people, see Desert Breeze Tours

5PM All Demo Paddle Craft must return to shore.


Paddlefest Booths and Sponsors

  1. Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center
  2. Advanced Elements Kayaks - Inflatable kayaks and more
  3. Arizona Game and Fish Department Paddle Sports and Safety Education
  4. Bow South Kayaking Expeditions
  5. Costa Sunglasses - See your adventures more clearly
  6. Daring Adventures - Adventures for people with disabilities
  7. Darron Weston Guitar Entertainment (
  8. Desert Breeze Kayaking Tours - Exciting supported kayak tours
  9. Desert Lotus Paddle Boards - Rentals and yoga
  10. Desert Snow - Fun foods to enjoy
  11. Desert River Kayak Outfitters - Paddle trips, kayaks and paddle board rentals
  12. Dutch Oven Cooking - Enjoying cooking while on a paddle trip
  13. Free Fall Paddles - Getting you to where you want to go
  14. Go Paddle AZ "SUP and Kayak Lake Pleasant" Rentals, Tours, Lessons, SUP Yoga, Fitness and Special Events
  15. Just Add Water Paddlers Meetup
  16. Kayak Arizona Meet Up - We Luv to Yak!
  17. Lowergear Outdoors - Your Hobie kayak dealer, kayak rentals, and paddle gear
  18. Luv 2 Stand Up Paddle - Sales and tours
  19. Malibu Kayaks - Gliding to new adventures
  20. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Paddling Program
  21. Old Town Canoes and Kayaks - Helping you find your adventure
  22. Outdoor Adventure Centers - Kayak and paddleboard rentals, guided trips and outdoor adventure team building
  23. Paddle Arizona Meetup
  24. Phoenix Kayak Club Meetup
  25. REI (Recreation Equipment Incorporated) - Paddling gear and clothing
  26. Riverbound Sports Paddle Company - Paddleboards, inflatable kayaks, rentals, sales, lessons, paddleboard fitness and yoga classes, tours
  27. Riverproof - NRS dealer with sales, rentals and repairs. We carry Maravia and Aire rafts as well as Jack's plastic gear.
  28. Southern Arizona Paddlers Club
  29. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Boating and paddling safety

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