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Topock Marsh Big Loop, AZ
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Topock Marsh Big Loop, AZ 
Topock Marsh Big Loop, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 15 2015
azbackpackr
Kayak13.18 Miles
Kayak13.18 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.76 mph
   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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I'm going to Baja California in April to go kayaking, and I've wanted to increase the miles I can paddle on flat water, without benefit of river current. To date, this 13 miles is the furthest I've paddled my boat on a lake. I was pretty tired the last three miles, but I had hidden a packet of "Gu" in my deck bag, and remembered it, with good effect.

I started at Catfish Paradise and paddled up the main lake, dodging the dead trees, stopping at the only real beach, and then took a spin around the lagoon at Five Mile Landing. Then across the lake to find the first of the hidden channels. In and out of that one and into the next one. In the second (southern) set of channels I saw the beaver lodge, which I had not seen before.

I have gotten better at bird IDs. I saw white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, osprey, bufflehead ducks, coots, great egrets, etc.

I have pretty much figured out this marsh now, but there are a few more channels and hidden lakes to explore. Stay tuned! It's necessary to use satellite image, because maps are totally out-of-date. (See GPS route.)
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