This will be our second time here, so we know where to camp away from Racoon City, though we may want to do a much better job locking down the food boxes.
We have located a nice location at Squaw Lake on the Lower Colorado River which is easily accessible on paved roads, with flushing toilets, showers, beach side camping, and fun exciting paddling opportunities. All of this for $15 per vehicle per night (5 people per vehicle). Showers may be a small fee extra. The Sqaw Lake area is non-moving water with access to backwater paddle trails that can be easily explored directly from the campsite.
Please visit these websites for more detailed information.
The campsites are first come/first served. In speaking with locals, we should have a good chance to get some beach front campsites. This is a popular area for Winter Visitors in that area, but most will be parked in the RV sites.
The Colorado River Boating Trail Guide is located
We will be paddling on Guide Map 10 and Map 11.
Directions from when you get to Quartzsite from going west on I-10
Exit 19 at Quartzsite, AZ and go south on State Route 95 travel for 60 miles (just passed mile marker 45)
Turn right/west on Imperial Dam Road (aka S24) which is has two large canons on either side of the entrance. The brown sign reads “Yuma Proving Grounds Imperial Dam Recreational Area” Green sign under it says “Imperial Dam Rd”
Drive on this road 10.2 miles to Senator Wash, turn right and follow signs to Sqaw Lake about 2 miles.
Tentative agenda for the weekend:
Those that get there early Friday paddle to your hearts content.
Float Plan for Saturday is going to be our big paddle day. float time + - 6 hours.
To accomplish this we will pack up in camp as many boats in the fewest amount of rig's as possible. Will will pull out of camp no later than 9:00 am as it takes 1/2 to get to Fishers Landing to launch at 10:00 am.
There is a basic store at Fisher's Landing for last minute supplies.
Please reveiw map 10 and 11 in the Guide Map. Pack for a full day on the water. pack camera food/munchies. water, sun protection.
We will be paddling the back water channels of the Colorado River. check out last years pic's to get a sample.
Length of float time depends on how much fun we are having. Thus pack your kayak accordingly.
Saturday eve is our famous Pot Luck if you choose to attend and stories by the camp fire.
The showers are coin operated, only accepting quarters. I beleive $1.50 in coin will start the water, but I put in $5.00 bucks worth in coin and had a nice long shower.
You will need to bring your on change as there is NO CHANGE MACHINE in the area.
As with all paddles, no one paddles alone and if not able to finish someone be there alone the way back to safety.