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Topock Failed Portage Loop, AZ
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15 by photographer avatarazbackpackr
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Topock Failed Portage Loop, AZ 
Topock Failed Portage Loop, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Dec 14 2014
azbackpackr
Kayak4.64 Miles 42 AEG
Kayak4.64 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.18 mph
42 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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I have a little inflatable kayak which weighs only 32 pounds. I decided to paddle across the lake from Catfish Paradise to the river intake structure, where there is a portage trail. I would then portage across the levee (South Dike Road) and paddle down the next channel to Topock Marina and the Colorado River.

I accomplished the portage just fine, but got stuck in the mud almost immediately after paddling away from the shore on the other side. I tried going a little further, hoping for deeper water, to no avail, so I laboriously butt-scooted and pushed against the mud with my paddle, got myself turned around, and butt-scooted back. I re-portaged the boat, and then paddled a loop in the main bay of Topock Marsh.

The Colorado River has been running extremely low lately, and I will have to wait until (probably) March, when they usually ramp it up a bit, to try this portage again. The level of the marsh is dependent upon the river level.

I saw most of the usual birds--egrets, herons, coots, grebes, ducks, etc.
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