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11 by photographer avatarazbackpackr
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Havasu National Wildlife RefugeNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Nov 12 2017
azbackpackr
Kayak7.29 Miles
Kayak7.29 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.63 mph
      34 Mns Break
 
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We launched at Catfish Paradise in Topock Marsh. I had posted this with a local group, and one guy showed up. He had one of those Hobie pedal kayaks, which was pretty unsuitable for the marsh, which is full of duckweed. The apparatus underneath his boat got clogged up, and he had to pull it up and paddle like a normal kayaker, poor guy! Despite all this we had fun.

Incidentally, there is no way to boat from the marsh directly into the Colorado River without portaging over a levee. I get asked this a lot at the marsh: "How do you paddle to the river from here?" However, when the river is high, you can start at Topock 66 Marina (that drinking establishment on the Arizona side, by the I-40 bridge) and boat up into a part of the marsh that isn't walled off by the levees.

I believe that the marsh is kind of sick right now. Duck weed is starting to take over. Channels are filling with it, and you can no longer easily explore them. I don't know if there are any plans to dredge it, but I think that's what it needs.

Google Earth is the most helpful method to figuring out the back channels of the marsh. Maps are almost useless, because they show water where there are only cattails.

We pedaled/paddled by the beaver lodge. We saw lots of birds, including a possible bald eagle, but it was kind of far away and kept flying further. Saw white pelicans, cormorants, herons, ducks, and of course, mud hens (aka coots). Stopped on a small beach for lunch and walked up a dune to get a view.

As we paddled, several times very large fish would jump up in front of us. They were at least 2 feet long. I don't know if they were carp, bass, or what they were.

Reminds me of that old tale about the man whose wallet fell into the pond, and the carp found it and started playing volley ball with it...That is, they were carp-to-carp walleting...
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