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anutami
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4/30/2012
anutami
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Even though this is not ABDSP it is a great alternate trip (and much safer) to still get your desert fix during the summer months.
With temps starting to get up to uncomfortable level, and will soon be increasing even more you still have a great opportunity to seek out the Bighorn Sheep via the Colorado River through "Black Canyon". There are great camping spots, and hot springs you can go into also.

We took this trip 2 weeks ago smile

The only bummer to this trip is the 6 hour drive.

This Trip starts at the base of the hoover dam via an outfitter, http://www.downriveroutfitters.com/

or if you want to save $$$$ you can start on your own in Willow Beach, AZ, no permits needed and parking is free (this is what we opted for)

you also will need a small boat 65 hp or less wed-sat, or a kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board sun-sat.

instead of hiking through the desert carrying your water, just bring a water purifier and you have all the 50 degree water you want to drink. The water here is coming from the bottom of lake mead which is always around 50 degrees year round.


on our way there were bighorn right on the bank drinking a few feet away










if you are going up stream from willow beach, there is a little bit of a current, but no too bad (just stay as close to the shore as possible when paddling up stream)

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surfponto
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surfponto
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That looks like a great trip.
Your kayak is amazing

Thanks for the tip on where to start.
Does it get pretty busy out there?

Bob

anutami wrote:
Even though this is not ABDSP it is a great alternate trip (and much safer) to still get your desert fix during the summer months.
With temps starting to get up to uncomfortable level, and will soon be increasing even more you still have a great opportunity to seek out the Bighorn Sheep via the Colorado River through "Black Canyon". There are great camping spots, and hot springs you can go into also.

We took this trip 2 weeks ago smile

The only bummer to this trip is the 6 hour drive.

This Trip starts at the base of the hoover dam via an outfitter, http://www.downriveroutfitters.com/

or if you want to save $$$$ you can start on your own in Willow Beach, AZ, no permits needed and parking is free (this is what we opted for)

you also will need a small boat 65 hp or less wed-sat, or a kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board sun-sat.

instead of hiking through the desert carrying your water, just bring a water purifier and you have all the 50 degree water you want to drink. The water here is coming from the bottom of lake mead which is always around 50 degrees year round.


on our way there were bighorn right on the bank drinking a few feet away



if you are going up stream from willow beach, there is a little bit of a current, but no too bad (just stay as close to the shore as possible when paddling up stream)

<em>edited by surfponto on 4/30/2012</em>

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anutami
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4/30/2012
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I would recommend doing the trip on a weekday preferably Sun/Mon/Tues as no boats are allowed on Sunday and Monday. We did it on a thurs, Fri, Sat, and Saturday was very busy. Thursday we had to place to ourselves.
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