Paddleboarding & Kayaking Tours

Why Choose Riverbound for your Tours

Escape the city and join us for an outdoor activity exploring the scenic desert lakes and rivers of Phoenix, Arizona.  We offer a unique way to see Arizona’s natural beauty, wildlife, and stunning landscapes. Paddleboarding and single or double kayaking tours are available on Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, and the Lower Salt River by our experienced guides. It is an ideal adventure for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone looking for a fun and unique way to experience the beauty of Phoenix year-round.

Transportation Package From and To Your Hotel

Call us for information on pricing and availability of our transportation packages to our tour destinations. Available for most Scottsdale, Mesa, and surrounding city hotels or meeting locations.

Kayaking Saguaro lake in the Winter. Riverbound Sports Paddle Company tours and rentals.

Saguaro Lake

Kayaking Tour

📅 Available Year-Round

🕐 3 HRS 

2 Person Booking Minimum 

 

Take a guided paddle tour of Arizona’s beautiful Saguaro Lake on a kayak or paddle board. Venture on a round trip paddle from Boulder Recreation Site to Willow Springs Canyon. The length of the paddle is approximately 3.5 miles round trip.

 

 

$120.00 Per Person

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A group of kayakers paddling the Salt River in Mesa, Arizona with Riverbound Sports Kayak Rentals

Salt River

Kayaking Tour

📅 Available Spring – Fall

🕐 3 HRS 

2 Person Booking Minimum

 

Join us for a refreshing guided paddle tour down the Lower Salt River. The river provides some occasional fun mild rapids that offers an exciting journey with a chance to spot wildlife, including the infamous salt river wild horses. 

 

 

$120.00 Per Person

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Saguaro Lake group paddleboarding. Riverbound Paddle Company Tours.

Self-Guided

Paddling Tour

📅 Available Year-Round

🕐 3 HRS 

6 Rental Minimum 

 

Create your own one-of-a-kind adventure? Try a self-guide paddle along the rugged shoreline of a lake named for the abundant cacti. Simply meet at the water’s edge with paddle gear ready to go. Let our staff point out some sights for a unique paddle experience.

 

$75.00 Per Person

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Salt River kayaking tour with the horses in the background. Riverbound paddle Company Tour
2023 holiday paddle on Canyon Lake. Riverbound Sports paddleboarding tour.

Things to Know:

Our standard tours do not include transportation. One Tonto National Parks Pass is included with your tour and is good for 1 vehicle per booking party and for up to 24 hours.

Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For guided tours, paddlers must be able to keep a keep a moderate pace to not slow down other paddlers on the tour. Paddlers 12 and under must paddle with an adult.

Paddling gear that is included:

    • Kayak or Paddle Board
    • Paddle(s)
    • Life Jacket (PFD)

Water and snacks will be provided. Please be sure to pack any special dietary requirements. 

What to Bring:

    • Shoes or sturdy sandals to get from and to your car
    • Clothing that can get wet
    • Sunscreen, hat, and/or UV Protective shirt
    •  Sunglasses with lanyard
    • During colder season paddling, be sure to bring a change of clothing

About Riverbound Sports and Our Guides:

Explore with confidence alongside our knowledgeable tour guides, certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and equipped with CPR and comprehensive on-water safety training. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities as we navigate the waters, ensuring a memorable and secure adventure for all.

Riverbound Sports is a permanent outfitter through the Tonto National Forest and has been exploring the Phoenix area waterways for over 25 years.

Let us help you with your next Corporate Events and Team Building. Call for information at (480) 463-6686.

Tour FAQs

Reservations are required for all tours. Although, it may be available to book a last minute tour,

Prior reservation is required. Complete your reservation on our website by clicking the Book Now or Check Availability button at the bottom of the tour description.

Your guide will reach out to you by email or if you prefer, by text before your tour date to introduce themselves and provide you with your meeting place. 

On the day of your tour, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early at the lake. Your Tonto National Forest Parking Pass will be provided at this time. Your guide will go over the equipment and safety prior to launching.

At the end of your tour if you feel your guide did an outstanding job and provided you with an exceptional experience please note that tipping your guide is not expected but is greatly appreciated!

Our Kayaking and paddle boarding tours are available for anyone over 6 years old. Children under 12 may not paddle their own kayak or paddleboard and must ride with a parent or legal guardian. We do offer available tandem kayak options.

Paddlers should be in good health. If you have any concerns or feel you may need assistance, please let our staff know during your booking. 

Paddlers should be able to keep a moderate pass to stay will their guide.

 

We offer a ratio of 1 tour guide to 6 people and can have a max of 12 guests in a single tour. 

If you have a larger group, we offer private tours that can accommodate larger groups. As well as provide special accommodations to fit the needs of your private party.

Our kayak and paddleboard tours are scheduled at the same time for each tour destination (such as Saguaro Lake) and both paddleboards and kayaks can be rented for the event.

At the end of your tour if you feel your guide did an outstanding job and provided you with an exceptional experience please note that tipping your guide is not expected but is greatly appreciated! 

While we feel that gratuity is a very personal decision and should reflect the level of service you receive, we are often asked to provide guidelines.

Your tour guide is extremely hardworking and committed to providing you the best service possible. A gratuity of 15-20% is customary and deeply appreciated by our guides. It is acceptable to offer cash or ask your guide or our shop staff how you can tip!

What people are saying about us

2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2020 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2021 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for Riverbound Sports Rentals
Tripadvisor Travelers Choice award 2022. Riverbound Sports Paddle Company kayaking and paddle boarding tours.

Best tourism money I ever spent!

Best tourism money I ever spent! Suggestion: Try a Monday tour Down the Salt River. You’ll paddle amongst the Wild horses and Herons. A perfect way to start your week.

~ JajaJoe JajaJoe

 
 

If I could give this company 10 million stars

If I could give this company 10 million stars I would. We made a reservation and met Terry the Tour guide (LOL) when we went in and her service and kindness was above and beyond. Abby helped us over the phone and so did the younger guy. The service was just outstanding and this is what you get when you shop local!!

~ Emmalee B

Excellent experience!

Loved the thoroughness of this company. They explained everything and were super easy to work with. My group had an awesome time and all the kayaks were really cozy. I will definitely use them for any rentals I need. I’ll also try to join them on a Saguaro Lake tour.

~ andreasandoval7482

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