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Squaw Lake Campground - 1 member in 4 triplogs has rated this an average 5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 06 2018
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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Squaw Lake Loops, CA 
Squaw Lake Loops, CA
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2018
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Hiking2.16 Miles 390 AEG
Hiking2.16 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   1.42 mph
390 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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From Squaw Lake Campground you can wander all over a very hilly nearby peninsula, which has several easy trail loops. From the tops of the hills the views are incredible. You can see up and down the Colorado River, and many backwater channels and coves. Senator Wash Reservoir, a land-locked impoundment (with no river access by boat) is off to the west. The rugged brown Chocolate Mountains and California's Picacho Peak are nearby, (not to be confused with the one in Arizona).
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Senator Wash Reservoir Squaw Lake

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Feb 14 2015
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Colorado River - Imperial Dam Loop, AZ 
Colorado River - Imperial Dam Loop, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Feb 14 2015
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Kayak3.14 Miles
Kayak3.14 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.77 mph
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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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Feb 16 2014
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Colorado River - Walter's Camp to Squaw Lake, AZ 
Colorado River - Walter's Camp to Squaw Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Feb 16 2014
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Kayak41.94 Miles
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This was a three day kayak trip down the Lower Colorado River, camping on the shore at boat-in campsites. Since we were putting in at Walter's Camp, a private campground on the California side of the river, we camped there as well. Very good place to start, nice folks there. We left our shuttle vehicle there as well. We had great weather, in the 80's and 90's during the day, and fairly balmy at night as well. We saw bald eagles and all the usual birds, such as herons, egrets, coots, and ducks. At one point, early in the trip, my newly acquired rescue skills came into play, when one of my fellow paddlers found himself out of his boat, hanging onto the side, and drifting downriver. Do you know what a paddle float is? Well, it can save the day, and it sure did in this case. We camped at Carrizo Wash Boat-in Campsites at Picacho State Park and the next night at Ferguson Lake dispersed camping area. Ferguson is pretty marginal, and at first I thought the campsite was not too great, but we made it work for ourselves. We took out at Squaw Lake Campground. We didn't camp there, since it takes so much time to retrieve the shuttle vehicle, etc.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip! We learned a lot about multiday kayaking, too! It was only the second time I had done it, and the first time was in a rental boat.
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Jan 26 2014
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Squaw Lake Loop, CA 
Squaw Lake Loop, CA
 
Kayak avatar Jan 26 2014
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Kayak4.42 Miles
Kayak4.42 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.43 mph
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After a wonderful paddle trip down the river the day before: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=28612 we headed for Squaw Lake Campground on the California side of the river. We had lost a few participants who had not planned to camp. So we were down to about 10 people and 9 boats, I think. We had a great time sitting around the campfire that Saturday evening. Sunday we launched into the lake and headed for the waterway, which is a side channel that goes upstream and joins the Colorado River. The side channel has far less current than the river. This part of the Colorado is above both Laguna Dam and Imperial Dam, so it does carry a lot of water. What a great place area. Lots of wildlife (watch your food at night--lots of raccoons, and they will come inside your tent! They have no shame!

I can't wait to go back! Stay tuned!
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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

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There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
average hiking speed 2.21 mph

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