your paddlesports destination

Colorado River -Hoover Dam to Willow Beach

Trip Overview

I did this trip a few years prior with a smaller group and camped half way. This time around we had a group of 28 people, 13 tandem kayaks, 2 solo kayaks. Most of the group had very little paddling experience. Some had only paddled canoes mad of concrete (engineering universities have an annual concrete canoe competition). Good weather made for an easy but long paddle. The outfitter dropped us off at 8:00 am. We stopped at several hotsprings along the way (Sauna Cave, Goldstrike, Boyscout, Arizona) and stopped at Emerald Cave. There is an outhouse toilet at Arizona Hotsprings which is a good spot to stop for lunch. I would recommend doing this as a multi-day trip as 1 day felt rushed. For the fees that you have to pay the outfitter (no public access to the launch site), it is well worth making the most out of the quiet and scenic gem just outside Las Vegas.
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
High winds can make this trip very difficult. Water is cold year round.
Great weather in late spring. Would not recommend this trip during the summer months.

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