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Canal safety tips to avoid turning a fun time on the canal path into a real emergency

Canal safety is top of mind for us at SRP as temperatures drop; it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the Valley’s more than 80 miles of multiuse trails along the canals. From running to biking, the paths provide a perfect opportunity to enjoy our natural desert climate and the active waterways that keep Phoenix moving forward.

What do the Phoenix canals do?

Canals move water to homes, farms and businesses for irrigation and to cities for water treatment before it arrives at your tap. Metro Phoenix has two sets of canals operated by CAP and SRP.

There are also canals in the East Valley operated by the Roosevelt Water Conservation District. No matter who operates or manages the canals, the aim is the same: Quickly move measured and metered quantities of water across the Valley for a specific use.

Things to do along the canals

You can walk, jog or bike along the canals using our canal distance map. Fishing is also permitted with a valid Arizona fishing license; however, the white amur fish are catch-and-release. You can also enjoy the sights at Arizona Falls and other canal interpretive sites.


Canal safety tips

Be sure to think safety first around water, and especially the canals. Canals can be dangerous, so please follow these canal safety tips to avoid drowning or injury:

  • Assign a water watcher to ensure you have eyes on people near the water at all times. Never swim in canals!
  • Make sure to teach children about canal safety. Never jump in to rescue pets or objects such as toys. Call 911 for help.
  • Keep a safe distance from the edges of the canals. Canal sides are extremely slick and difficult to climb.
  • Keep clothing up and away from canal edges and other fencing to avoid any snags or tripping hazards. Stay away from automated equipment at water delivery gates.
  • Don’t swim, canoe, kayak, water ski or tube in the canals.
  • Don’t drive a motorized vehicle on the canal banks (SRP authorization is required).
  • Secure permission from SRP before using canal banks for any kind of event. Call (602) 236-3126 for permit information.

Learn more about SRP history and where your water comes from online or at one of our upcoming events. If you’re looking for a reason to visit the canals, join SRP in November for Canal Convergence to experience world-class art and entertainment along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

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