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Looking for Lost Lake, AZ
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Looking for Lost Lake, AZ 
Looking for Lost Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Mar 30 2020
azbackpackr
Kayak7.21 Miles
Kayak7.21 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   1.91 mph
   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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All winter, the Colorado River has been pretty low in the Topock area. This time of year the BOR typically ramps it up. So now, instead of running 2500-8500 cfs it's now up to 8500-19,000. So, this was the perfect time to see how far back into the west side of Topock Marsh I could get in my kayak. The starting point is usually Topock 66 Marina, but I started downriver of I-40, because there's a free place to launch there. (I forgot to turn on the GPS until I got to the Marina, though.)

Looking at my GPS route, it's best to switch it to Satellite, because the standard maps show only how it used to be, many years ago.

I followed an ever-narrowing channel. For about half a mile, in fact, it was so narrow it wasn't always possible to use the paddle. Instead I had to grab onto the reeds on either side and pull myself through. I was never sure if the channel was going to take me to Lost Lake, or not. Now I see on the satellite map that it bypasses that lake and goes further. I'm not sure I can get to Lost Lake by boat, but a channel to it is visible. Whether that fills with water when the river is high, I don't know yet.

I will probably go back there, because I didn't get all the way to the end, nor check the side channel to Lost Lake.

I've been trying to be more observant of birds recently, since I do so much paddling. As I recall, I saw white pelicans, cinnamon teal, Clark's grebe, western grebe, black Phoebe, turkey vulture, ring-necked duck, mallard duck, coots, and grackles. The only photos I got were of two Clark's grebes hanging out with a Western grebe. Clark's has the white around the eye, whereas Western has black.
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