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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, AZ

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Distance One Way 15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 459 feet
Avg Time One Way 6
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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3  2018-10-22
Upriver Paddle
1  2018-10-20 azbackpackr
8  2018-03-19
Topock Gorge - Upper
6  2018-01-20
Dead Burro Canyon
9  2018-01-03
Topock Marsh - Five Mile Landing
3  2018-01-01 azbackpackr
7  2017-11-26
Colorado River Beach epic bike ride
11  2017-11-12 azbackpackr
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Author azbackpackr
author avatar Guides 26
Routes 350
Photos 4,587
Trips 698 map ( 5,071 miles )
Age 65 Female Gender
Location Needles CA & Flagstaff AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:24am - 6:21pm
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by azbackpackr

Likely In-Season!
This wildlife refuge offers opportunities for kayaking Topock Marsh, Topock Gorge, and the upper end (north end) of Lake Havasu. Mountain biking is possible on the portage roads. It's a prime area for birders since it is part of the migratory bird flyway, and is a year-round home for many water birds as well. There is hiking in the wilderness area of the refuge as well, but there are no established trails.

The most popular route for kayakers is Topock Gorge, a spectacular section of the Colorado River between the Interstate 40 bridge and Lake Havasu. For beginning kayakers and bird watchers Topock Marsh is the place to go.

Kayakers and canoeists need to be aware that motorboats may also be on the water.

Mountain bikers need to stay on the levee roads.

No camping is permitted ANYWHERE on the refuge. No overnight backpacking, no overnight kayaking, no car camping, no RV camping, etc.

Several Kayak shuttle services are available in the area. Companies such as Desert River Kayak Outfitters and Jerkwater Canoe Company will provide this service and rental boats. Due to strong river current a shuttle is necessary to do Topock Gorge. A shuttle is not required to kayak in the calm waters of Topock Marsh.

A couple of good maps are available. One excellent map "Lake Havasu" is published by Fish N Map Company. Another pretty good one can be downloaded and printed for free from this website: These maps both also include river and lake sections between Davis Dam (Bullhead City, Arizona) and Parker Dam (Lake Havasu).

NO FEES are charged to enter the refuge.


  1. Refuge website:

  2. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization for both Havasu and Bill Williams River Refuges:

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your kayak trip to support this local community.

2014-12-07 azbackpackr
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Please carry your own pack. The pack animals have been seriously abused.

    All permits reported taken for the entire year within hours of becoming available on Feb 1st. The old walk-in policy of paying double is no longer honored.

    Pricing for 2018 is as follows and includes all necessary permits, fees, and taxes:
    One Person, 2 Days / 1 Night: $140.56
    One Person, 3 Days / 2 Nights: $171.11
    One Person, 4 Days / 3 Nights: $201.67

    Weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), Holiday weekday nights (February 19, May 28, July 4, September 3, October 8), and Spring Break weekday nights (March 5-8 and 19-22) are an additional $18.33 per night.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To kayak trip
    From Phoenix, take Grand Avenue west to 60 West to 93 North to I-40 west to Exit 1, Topock. Turn right on Oatman-Topock Highway. Follow signs to Catfish Paradise (for Topock Marsh). For Topock Gorge, your canoeing outfitter will give you precise instructions.
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