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Old 02-04-2010   #1
Redlands, California
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Input: Davis Dam to Parker Dam (Colorado River)

Hey all,

I'm new to kayaking and want to arrange this trip. Anyone done this before? I found this great guide:

Any info or suggestions would be great.

Thank you,

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Old 02-04-2010   #2
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I've been thinking about doing this trip over the past couple years at Christmas. My interest is primarily in the Devil's Elbow region and floating the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. What has kept me from pursuing it is the driving distance from Colorado (you are probably closer), the vicinity of civilization (floating through the concreted Colorado River through Bullhead City/Laughlin is unappealing to me) and the inevitability of having to push through the sediment into Lake Havasu at the end.

If I were to do this section, I would probably put in below Needles and take out at Castle Rock Bay.


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Old 02-07-2010   #3
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Paddling Arizona by Tyler Williams gives beta on scenic lakes and flatwater as well as whitewater,pretty sure that's in there.
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I once read a write up about the last section of this trip into Havesou in one of the paddling magazines. It looked like a great canoe trip. I am fairly sure the section through Chemehuevi Valley Indian Reservation requires a permit and over nights need to be at the camp grounds. I assume the above refrenced book will cover this. From the photos that were in the write up, it looked worth the trip.
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Old 02-07-2010   #5
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As an edit, after doing a bit of research there is no permit required. There is no camping allowed in the Topock Gorge itself though so you would need to time your float appropriately.
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