Currents of the Colorado River help propel you through the scenic gorge past rugged canyon walls, prehistoric petroglyphs, abundant bird life, and, if you're lucky, desert bighorn sheep. Inviting beaches offer a good spot for a picnic. You can make the 14-mile trip year-round. In hot weather, the cool Colorado River is just a splash away. Kayaks and canoes are the most popular non-motorized craft; rafts take a little more time. You don’t need a permit to do this trip. There's no camping or fires permitted in the gorge, so a day trip is your only option. Put-in points lie just north of I-40 on the California side at Park Moabi and across the river in Arizona at Topock Marina. The usual take-out is at Castle Rock north of Lake Havasu City. Another option is to continue across Lake Havasu and stay at one of the primitive shore campgrounds. Tour companies offer convenient rentals and shuttle services.

 
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Address:
north of Lake Havasu City
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 3009
Needles, California 92363
Parking: always open, weather permitting
Price: There's a fee to use the put-in areas of Park Moabi or Topock Marina.


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 760-326-3853
Fax: 760-326-5745
Transportation: boat
Neighborhood: Lake Havasu City
Price Information: There's a fee to use the put-in areas of Park Moabi or Topock Marina.
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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