A Complete Guide
To rafting the Colorado River from Davis Dam to Parker Dam
From Davis Dam to Parker Dam, the river flows approximately 88 miles. Most of this stretch of the river is a wide expanse of Class 1, fast-moving water with no whitewater rapids. When facing downstream, the land to the right (river-right) is in Nevada or California, while the land to the left (river-left) is in Arizona.
During the boating season (mid-March through September) an unassisted paddle craft will float at the rate of approximately 2 1⁄4 miles per hour. Boaters are advised to carefully plan their trips, as much of the Colorado is desolate and river patrols are infrequent.
Land along the river is both publicly and privately owned. Please do not trespass on privately owned property.
Attractions include a variety of birds and animals, Indian petroglyphs, historical sites, parks and marinas, marshes, mountain peaks and canyons.
Temperatures can often exceed 110 degrees in the summer. The water temperature varies little, from 59 degrees to 64 degrees. The contrast between the air and water temperatures can be shocking.
Dehydration is a danger. Potable water, available at only a few locations, should be carried, at least a gallon per person per day.
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