Bow South Expedition
Kayaking The Lower Colorado River
500 Miles, South Cove on Lake Mead to the Gulf of California,
November 2 – November 30, 2021
Expedition team members will be paddling to benefit:
What is the Bow South Expedition and what we are doing: The Bow South Expedition is a charity kayak paddle down the entire lower Colorado River, from South Cove on Lake Mead to 500 miles south to the Gulf of California. The 2021 expedition is being held as a fundraiser for Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. In the years 2014 to 2017 we began the expedition at Hoover Dam and followed the river 340 miles south to where the Colorado River abruptly ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S ./ Mexico border. During the 2018 expedition we paddled 410 miles from South Cove on Lake Mead to Morelos Dam. During the 2019 expedition we started at South Cove on Lake Mead and paddled 500 miles south to the Gulf of California.
Only a handful of people have ever been documented canoeing or kayaking the entire lower Colorado River in one long trip. Team members that are kayaking the entirety of this expedition will be paddling an average of 20+ miles a day, almost every day, for 4 weeks. Additionally, sections of the river flow through some remote areas, multiple land jurisdictions, and an ever shrinking river that adds to the challenges presented to our team members.
This expedition is entirely self-funded by our team members. We do not seek sponsors nor solicit donations for the purposes of funding the expedition itself. All money that is donated from individuals or companies are made directly to the benefitting charities via our fundraising webpage(s). Whether you make a flat donation of money or the amount is based on how many miles we paddle is entirely up to you. If you decide to base your donation on miles paddled then it’s the honor system if you decide to pledge a 25 cents, $1, or even $10 a mile.