Lake Mohave below Hoover Dam is 63 miles long. the lake actually extends all the way up to Hoover Dam from Davis Dam. When they release water from Hoover Dam to generate electricity there is the appearance of current in the lake but most of that is absorbed by the massive quantity of water in Lake Mohave ( 1/3 of a whole year of run off from the whole Colorado River System is stored in his lake) The lake moves with the wind but not from flow. In the winter the wind is commonly from the north so that if you are paddling you will be pushed down the lake. This can be a blessing or a curse. A gentle breeze will move you down the lake nicely. A strong wind will leave you fighting to keep your boat straight in the wind driven waves. I was part of a 3 person trip in November using traditional sea kayaks and we were constantly battling to keep our yaks going where we wanted to- we were fighting waves 2 and 3 feet tall and with the crests about 13-14 feet apart and all of us were in 17 -18 foot boats. The summer has mostly winds blowing from the south so if you are rowing, you are rowing or paddling into a head wind- it usually starts picking up strength around 11 A.M. as the rocks around the lake heat up and then gets strongest between 2 and 5 and then tapers off.Most people who take out at the lower end of the lake do it at Katherine Landing, a Marina 2 miles up from the dam. Below Davis Dam there is 83 miles before you hit Parker Dam. About 56 miles of that is river, with an average speed of 2 miles per hour in the upper section near Bullhead City and Laughlin and by the time it gets to the Topock Gorge is is about 1/2 mile per hour. Again. Wind is usually from the north here in the winter and from the south from March to October. All of Lake Mohave and the Colorado River until you hit Lake Havasu and to Parker Dam is in the Mohave Desert and the scenery is stark and for those of us who live here really lovely but there are no trees at all but what has come in as invasive species (tamarisk)and landscape plantings. Below Lake Havasu you are in the slightly wetter Sonoran Desert and you have palo verde, mesquite and a few other trees for shade. The section of the river from Parker Dam to Rock Head Gate Dam is about 12 miles, most of it urban. From Rock Head Gate Dam to Palo Verde Dam is 43 miles, some of it with riffles from debris in the water. From Palo Verde Dam just north of Blythe to Imperial Dam, just north of Yuma it is about 90 miles. This is flat water and the part between Walter's Camp about 40 miles south of Blythe of Imperial Dam is about the closest to the way the Colorado River used to be. It has not been dredged, diked, channelized or rip rapped from 2 miles below Walter's Camp to Imperial Dam. Below Imperial Dam there is not much water in the river- kjust enough to float a pack-raft or light kayak and you can paddle into downtown Yuma and a few more miles downstream to the Mexican border at Morales Dam where what is left gets put into canals and delivered to farming communities further south and into Tijuanna more questions about trips out here send me an email at [email protected]
. It is a beautiful section of the river, but not perhaps what you thought it would be.