Rose Canyon opens to youth organizations canoe, water rescue training | Environment
Today will mark the start of canoe and water rescue training for youth service organizations, in the Rose Canyon Lake area.
The Boy Scouts are kicking off the training session with a ceremonial canoe launch at Rose Canyon Lake, in the Bobcat Day use area.
This canoe launch marks the start of youth training on canoe and water rescue; training that was brought to be by a rule change from Arizona Game and Fish in 2011. It allows eligible youth organizations with U.S. Forest Service permits, to use non-motorized watercraft on the lake from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , Tuesday through Thursday, during June and July.
Still not allowed for public use at the lake is swimming, wading or use of other devices, like pool toys, as well as float tubes and rafts. Rose Canyon Lake has been closed to watercraft soon after opening in 1960, and was closed to all entry in 1985; this was done to help benefit rainbow trout fishermen.
The seven acre lake sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet in the Catalina Mountains, amid towering pine trees, making it a popular spot during Tucson’s hot summer months.
Present at the ceremonial launch will be the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner J. W. Harris and department staff, as well as former State Senator Frank Antenori and various members of the U. S. Forest Service.
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