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Colorado River - Imperial Dam Loop, AZ
mini location map2015-02-14
10 by photographer avatarazbackpackr
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Colorado River - Imperial Dam Loop, AZ 
Colorado River - Imperial Dam Loop, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Feb 14 2015
azbackpackr
Kayak3.14 Miles
Kayak3.14 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.77 mph
      43 Mns Break
 
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I'd wanted to paddle this little loop for some time, first to see how it goes, and also to finish off another short section of the Colorado River. So I now have paddled ALMOST from Palo Verde Dam (above Blythe) to Imperial Dam.

It was a very pleasant day to float down the river. When I got almost to the dam, as close to the dam as I was going to get, I hung a right into a backwater channel which would take me back to Squaw Lake where I was camping. I explored only one of the side lakes off this channel, and found a very interesting relic of a boathouse, and a beach to park my kayak, and even a picnic table. There was no one else around.

I beached the boat and explored the area for a few minutes. After having lunch in the shade of a palo verde tree I got back in the boat and paddled INTO the boat house! It took a bit of maneuvering to turn my 17-foot boat around, but I didn't have to back out of there. I got it turned around so I could take photos as I left it as well.

Then I paddled the rest of the side channel, and arrived at the channel leading back to Squaw Lake. A very easy and pleasant loop.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Imperial Reservoir 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Senator Wash Reservoir 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Squaw Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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