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Black Canyon - Hoover Dam to Willow Beach, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 714 feet
Avg Time One Way 6-8 hours
Interest Historic, Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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Colorado - Hoover to Willow Beach AZ
Author arizona_water
author avatar Guides 8
Routes 110
Photos 1,043
Trips 114 map ( 1,295 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Salt River Valley
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Oct, Feb → 5 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:18am - 6:27pm
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by arizona_water

Likely In-Season!
This description is for the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River, from the Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. This is a 12+ mile paddle that is often done as an overnighter. Permits must be obtained from the National Park Service. Note that it is NOT possible to do this trip by self-shuttle. The Bureau of Reclamation, the NPS, and Army Corps of Engineers collaboratively operate a security checkpoint at the to the road below the dam. Therefore, you must work with a local outfitter who is certified by the NPS.
( see permit section for links to info )

The trip can easily be done in a day, but two days would provide more time for exploring side canyons, hot springs (there are five named hot springs with the immediate Black Canyon area), and swimming! Both canoes and kayaks work well on the slow moving waters. The dam release is often during the night, and it is unlikely to affect a paddle trip. If anything, you will notice slightly higher water levels, but the current generally stays constant.

There are several sandy beaches that provide good camping opportunities. Powerboats are not allowed up river of Willow Beach on the weekends, which makes the paddling experience much more authentic and wild. The current of the river is mild, and head winds can make you feel like you're paddling on a lake at times.

Must see stops include:
The Sauna Cave, NV side, between mile marker 63 and 62
Boy Scout Canyon, NV side, between mile marker 62 and 61
Arizona Hot Spring, AZ side, at mile marker 60
Emerald Cave and Gauging station catwalk, AZ side, at mile marker 54

See Black Canyon pdf for map and further points of interest.

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

2017-04-27 arizona_water
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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 $$
Special Use

Lake Mead NRA National Park
Lake Mead Fees & Permits

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To kayak trip
This will depend on where your outfitter will be meeting you.
Directions to Willow Beach:
From Kingman, Drive N on US93 for 57 miles. Turn west onto Willow Beach road. Park at the marina.
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