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Colorado River - Parker Dam to Headgate Dam, AZ
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Colorado River - Parker Dam to Headgate Dam, AZ 
Colorado River - Parker Dam to Headgate Dam, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 24 2015
azbackpackr
Kayak12.79 Miles
Kayak12.79 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   3.18 mph
      34 Mns Break
 
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One more link in the sausage! This is a beautiful section of the Colorado River. While the Parker Strip is developed there is still a lot of natural beauty. I may spend a winter here sometime. It really was a very pretty run in the kayak. I went with a couple of women from an outdoor group based in Bullhead City.

I will probably go back to where we put in and paddle up to Parker Dam. Otherwise I'll be missing a small section. But we did paddle down all the way to the cables barring boats from getting too close to Headgate Rock Dam.

The river is very wide in this section, with a bit of current, but not a lot. There were a lot of motorboats due to the warm weather. It was gorgeous. The river is running pretty high right now due to irrigation needs.

Lots of pretty red cliffs, palms and other vegetation. Of course there are also lots of RV parks, homes, restaurants, and mobile home parks. There is one place where a cliff is expected to give way. A road which runs underneath it has been closed. I would not want to live in those park models right across the river! When that huge thing gives way it's likely to make the national news and will cause a small tsunami up onto the other shore. (See photos.)

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