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Black Canyon Overnighter, Hoover Dam to Willow Beach

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Explore Black Canyon below Hoover Dam on Lake Mohave by kayak.

It's 11 miles from the Dam to Willow Beach.

Sunday explore the hot spring, canyons, waterfall, Sauna Cave and camp out Sunday night.

The next day we'll be passing and exploring the old gauge keeper's cables and station and emerald Cave on the way out Monday.

Pack your kayak like you would for backpacking, except use waterproof bags.

The water in Black Canyon is from the bottom of Hoover Dam and very cold. If you've got a self bailing boat it could be uncomfortable.

After Labor Day the canyon is closed to jet skis and motorboats are limited to 65 hp. Sunday and Mondays are closed to motorized traffic

Call Helen at Desert River Outfitters and get your permit ($17) only 15 exist for each launch time that’s only 30 for the day and they go fast.

Her number is 1-888-529-2533

You pay the shuttle $35 when you get picked up.

Rental boats for the two days are $65 if you mention your part of the group (Desert Mountain Paddlers) regularly $85.

The 8am shuttle leaves the marina a 6:30 for the 8am launch.

The 9am shuttle leaves the marina a 7:30 for the 9am launch.

Make sure she picks you up at the marina, so your car will be waiting for you at the end of the trip.

They also depart from the hotel at the Dam, but then you need a shuttle ride back to the hotel.

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You must have a photo ID with you to take the shuttle (security issue).


Willow Beach Marina has campsites ($20 for tent sites / 2 tents per site / 6 folks per site)

They are free to reserve and also go fast.

The Number is 928 767-4747

Here’s the link to the Willow Beach Campsite

Optional: Leave Saturday morning and spend the afternoon Zip-lining with Ziplinez, Boulder City. Tours last about 2 1/2 hours.

Here’s the link to the zip lines

Check Vegas for Locals link below for 10% discount

Don't mention your part of a group if you want to use the discount for zip lining.

Check the photos and details from last year's 2012 trip

and the photos and details from the Oct 7, 2011 trip.

Highly recommend Desert River outfitter's in Bullhead for renting Kayaks. They have Ocean Kayak, Scuper-Pro's, SI 149 or Jackson Day-tripper's for $65 for 2 days delivered, if you mention your a member of a meet-up group, so you can pick and return them at Willow Beach. (bring our own paddle and a spare, they're paddles were heavy and too durable built) They also have a great map showing all the attractions they can e-mail you.

Recommend you take 25-50 feet of rope to secure your kayak to something while your out exploring the canyons. The water level can rise fast and you don't want your kayak drifting away.

Options for camping Sunday night on the river (your choice).

1) Stay at the hot springs. This sight has a pit toliet and is very popular. Folks are motored up here by the powered rafts. It can get crowded.

2) Find a cove. This is my choice.

I'm bringing a duraflame log for campfire and recommend them. They don't take much space and burn for a while.

I'll bring a Ozark Portable Toliet seat from Walmart, you're welcome to use. The doubled sealed bags are available at Walmart (6 for $10) and have chemicals built in. Please bring your own bags or split them with someone. You don't have to go this way, but mother nature will appreciate it, if you take it with you.