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Desert River Outfitters


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Desert River Outfitters


Desert River Outfitters


Desert River Outfitters


Desert River Outfitters


Desert River Outfitters


Desert River Outfitters
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WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
If you are going on a day trip or local trip there are a few items you will want to have, remember this is the desert and you will want to protect yourself from extreme temperatures and high UV indexes.

  • WATER (1 gallon per person per day)
  • SUNSCREEN
  • SUNGLASSES
  • HAT
  • SWIMSUIT OR CLOTHES YOU DON'T MIND GETTING WET
  • WATERSHOES
  • WATER CAMERA
  • LUNCH OR SNACKS
  • TOWEL
  • DRY CLOTHES FOR AFTER THE TRIP


I'M GOING ON AN OVERNITE OR MULTI-DAY TRIP WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You will want to bring everything mentioned for day trips plus camping gear and food to last the duration of the trip. Remember though if you are in a kayak space is limited and it is comparable to backpacking try to limit excessive gear. This is also a good idea if you are canoeing. Although you have more room in a canoe, try to pack as light as possible. Dry bags are recommended as well so you have a dry sleeping bag and clothes.


WILL I TURN THE BOAT OVER?
We can't guaranty you won't flip over, we do take some precautions to help minimize capsize. We specialize in using Ocean Kayak brand sit-on-top kayaks in the rental fleet. These boats have been designed to be used on the ocean so they can handle most water conditions on the river. If you don't overload them they are very stable. We have over 10 O.K. models in rentals and we try to size you to a boat. If you choose a touring kayak or canoe you must be aware that these boats handle differently. Your center of gravity may be higher, or the boat may be narrower thus affecting stability. Also the sit-on-tops are easier to self rescue from so we suggest calling us for more information on the right boat for you.


WHEN IS A GOOD TIME OF YEAR TO GO?
Anytime you can get on the water is a good time to go. There are certain times of the year though when it good to come to the Colorado River.

Fall and early spring are great, October to November the temperatures are mild and motorized traffic starts to disappear.

In the spring mid March to mid May, the temperatures range in the 70's for March, to 90-100 degrees in May. Since it is starting to warm up river traffic starts to pick up and there are no guarantees for a quiet time on the river.

As summer approaches more motorized boats appear and the river can be quite busy. We strongly recommend early morning launches in the summer. We will put you on as early as you would like with a 6:00am time being ideal. Of course if you are on vacation it is not mandatory to go this early but, around 10:30am is when motorized traffic starts to pick-up and the wind starts to blow.

Winter is a quiet time of the year so if solitude is what you are seeking December to early March is ideal. There are few motorized boats at this time of year. Temperatures are mild, and migratory Waterfowl can be observed. With a little bit of planning you can paddle and enjoy the experience .


ARE THERE ANY RAPIDS OR WHITE WATER ON THE RIVER?
No! The lower river has been drastically altered over the last 70 years creating several reservoirs for water storage and power generation. The flowing sections of the river have a current of about 3mph. Although it may seem to move faster it doesn't. It is the volume of water that makes it seem as if you are going faster. On the Davis Dam to Rotary Park trip even if you don't paddle at all you can still make it to the end in about 4 hours.


CAN I CAMP ALONG THE RIVER?
On certain stretches of the river camping restrictions are in effect. Other sections are on Tribal Lands so permits may be required. The best thing to do is call us and let us help plan your trip.


WHAT ARE THE AGE RESRICTIONS?
We do not have age restrictions. It is dependant on what the parents feel comfortable with. If you do take a child you must have a proper LIFEJACKET for the child. We do have children's lifejackets and suggest you call in advance to make proper arrangements. There are some trips we don't recommend for smaller children. We also suggest checking with others in your group to see if children will fit the dynamics of the group.


CAN I TAKE MY DOG WITH ME?
We do not recommend taking pets on a trip with you. We have over the years seen people take pets with them (even a pet goat). However, you must realize this is the desert and it can be a very harsh environment. A pet may not fit the dynamics of a group either so we suggest not bringing them.


WHERE CAN I GO TO ESCAPE MOTORIZED BOAT TRAFFIC?
Since the lower river is considered a navigable waterway motorized traffic is allowed anywhere you might want to go. However there are a few places on Lake Mead and Mohave that are a little more isolated and therefore harder to get to so traffic is less than in the more populated areas. Give us a call and we can help direct you to these areas.


IF I DON'T HAVE THE MINIMUM FOR A CERTAIN TRIP CAN I STILL GO?
Yes! You can still go. Although your cost will be higher. Figure what the trip would cost with the minimum participants and that is what it will cost if you cannot meet the minimum trip participants.


DO YOU SELL USED BOATS?
Yes we do! Every year starting in September we sell off the rental fleet. It is a good opportunity to save money on a boat. Since we do this every year the boats we do sell are in good shape.

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Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928-763-3033
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