September 2006

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11th Annual ‘Salt River Heroes = ‘Litter Zero’

Labor Day Weekend Tubing

Thousands of fun-seekers will beat the heat and shoot the Salt River rapids on tubes Labor Day weekend.

Record water flow levels on the Lower Salt River will enable tubers to "chill and thrill" as they enjoy floating picnics.

Floaters will be encouraged to participate in the 11th Annual "Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero" event and help keep the Salt River clean and beautiful.

The Take Pride in America event is scheduled Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2 – Sept. 4, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and is co-sponsored by Tonto National Forest, Salt River Tubing, and local radio stations.

Free Tommy Tuber litter bags will be distributed to the public with the message to "stash it and bag it" while floating on the Salt River. To date, tubers have bagged a total of 414 tons of picnic litter during the Litter Free events.

Local radio stations The EDGE 103.9, KISS FM 104.7, and KKFR Power 98.3 will provide musical entertainment, beach ball bonanza, water balloon contests, and prize giveaways.

Company officials recommend that tubers arrive early to ensure tube availability during Labor Day weekend. "The Lower Salt River has experienced fabulous water flow this summer and holiday weekends are sell-outs," says Henri Breault, president of Salt River Tubing.

Breault advises that non-swimmers, inexperienced swimmer, and all children wear a life vest while tubing. Tubers should plan their floating picnics to include plenty of water, sun block, protective footwear, and beverages in cans or plastic containers.

Ice chests/coolers will be inspected for glass containers before boarding shuttle buses and glass containers will be confiscated. Breault also cautions floaters to be aware that "drugs, alcohol and Salt River do not mix" and to "party responsibly" by appointing a designated driver before their tubing adventure.

Catch the coolest ride in the Valley of the Sun and visit the Web site at or call (480) 984-3305. Operating hours are 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily, and the cost of tube rental is $13.00 per person/tube, which includes inner tube rental, free parking, and shuttle bus service.

Latest tube rental is 3 p.m. daily and tubers are encouraged to arrive early as tube availability and parking spaces decrease by noon. Glass containers are prohibited by law at the Lower Salt River, and ice chests will be inspected.

Children must be at least eight years or older and 4 feet tall for tube rental and shuttle bus service. Salt River Tubing is located in northeast Mesa on Power Road, fifteen miles north of US Hwy 60 East or minutes from the 202 East in Tonto National Forest. For more information, contact Lynda Breault, (480) 380-9792.