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  405 Miles, South Cove on lake Mead to the U.S. / Mexico Border, November 2 - November 26, 2018 

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Join The 2018 Bow South Expedition Team &

Join Us On The Colorado River 

 

 Go the whole distance or join us for a section of paddling the Colorado River. 

 

Have you ever dreamed of paddling the entire lower Colorado River or being a part of a team on a great adventure. Even if you can't paddle the entire distance, you still have the opportunity to paddle a section of the Colorado River with the rest of the Bow South Expedition team.

 

For those individuals that wish to go the whole distance, here's your chance! We have room for a maximum of 4 people to join the team paddling the entire distance. We have a support crew that will move us around the dams, bring our ressupply boxes, and coordinating with U.S. Border Patrol when we get to the U.S. / Mexico border.

 

Paddling Sections Of The Colorado River With The Bow South Team

Below are the areas that you will have to the opportunity to join our team for paddling a section of the Colorado River during this year's expedition. These areas are being offered because the team will be paddling a shorter distance on certain days and there are convenient access points to the river through these sections. Please remember that you will be joining an ongoing expedition whose focus is not sightseeing, but paddling the length of the lower Colorado River to raise funds for our charity. Also, there is no guarantee that we will be at a certain spot on the river on a given day due to inclement weather or other unforseen circumstances. We are entirely at the whims of the river and whatever it has planned for us despite our own schedules. Please visit our float plan for more information on river access points, camping spots, and paddling distances.

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If you are interested in joining us for a section of the lower Colorado River not listed below, then please contact the Bow South Expedition team leader, James Hermes.

 

 

Hoover Dam to Willowbeach, AZ: Upper Black Canyon

November 9-10, 2 Days, 1 Night, and 12 Miles

You can launch from Hoover Dam with us as we officially begin the Bow South Expedition. We won't be paddling any major miles on the first day because nobody wants to rush through one of the most scenic areas of the entire Colorado River. We will be camping at Willowbeach on Thursday, November 9, and then getting shuttled to Hoover Dam by Desert River kayak early Friday morning, November 10. We will be spending the day exploring the numerous hot springs and side canyons of upper Black Canyon. We will be camping at Cranes Nest Wash for the night and then paddling the remaining 4 miles to Willowbeach on Saturday morning.

 

Davis Dam to Avi Casino: Laughlin Strip

November 14, 18 miles, 1/2 day

We will launch just before sunrise at Davis Camp, located just below Davis Dam, and paddle past the Laughlin Strip and Bullhead City. The morning sunlight shining off the windows of the casinos makes for great photos. We will be taking a lunch break at Avi Casino where you can take out after spending the morning paddling with the rest of the Bow South Team. The team will be spending the rest of the day paddling to Fenders Riverside Resort & Motel located 30 river miles south of Davis Dam.

 

 

 

Park Moabi To Windsor Beach: Topock Gorge

November 16, 22 miles, 3/4 day

We will be launching just before sunrise from Park Moabi, south of Needles in California, and passing through one of the most dynamic section of the Colorado River. The character of the river transforms from urban to scenic wilderness as we enter Topock Gorge. Durng past expeditions we've been able to reach the big turn in the river, known as Devils Elbow, as sunlight begins shining into the gorge. The current begins to slow down once we get past Blankenship Bend and enter Lake Havasu. We will reach Windsor Beach State Park and London Bridge around early afternoon. The rest of the Bow South team will be camping at Windsor Beach to take part in the Lake Havasu Paddlefest.

 

Mayflower County Park to BLM Campsite Near Oxbow Lake

November 21, 29 miles, 1 day

Or Mayflower County Park to Walters Camp

42 Miles, 2 days

The river passes the towns of Blythe, Ehrenberg, and Ripley. We begin the day launching before sunrise at Mayflower County Park north of Blythe, CA. We will pass underneath the Interstate 10 bridge near Blythe and paddle through a mixture of farmland and desert that's on either side of the river. We will end the day camping at the BLM campground adjacent to Oxbow Lake around 29 river miles south of Mayflower County Park. You can also join us for 2 days and take out at Walters Camp 42 river miles from Mayflower County Park.

 

Walters Camp to Fishers Landing: Imperial National Wildlife Refuge & Picacho State Recreation Area

November 22-24, Thanksgiving Day at Campsite 4S, 34 miles, 2-3 days

The team will meet you around mid-morning at Walters Camp and you'll join us as we paddle 14 miles to Campsite 4S in Picacho State Recreation Area. We'll be paddling through Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and the longest remaining natural stretch of the lower Colorado River. This area is defined by the anceint volcanic landscape and abundant wildlife.

We will spending the afternoon and evening at campsite 4S to celebrate Thanksgiving.

 On Friday morning we will be launching before sunrise and paddling 17 miles down to an island adjacent to the entrance to Lake Martinez to camp for the night. You can camp with the rest of the team or paddle a few hundred yards further to take out at Fishers landing, AZ.

 

Logistics and Physical Requirements For Joining The Bow South Team For A Section Of The Colorado River

If you are interested in paddling one of the aforementioned sections of the Colorado River, then you will need to be able physicacly paddle an average of 20-25 miles a day and have the needed skills to perform a self rescue in case of rough water conditions. We as a team are there to help everyone in need of assistance, but we aren't professional guides.

This expedtion is self financed and expenses such as camping fees are shared as a group.  You will need to provide your own camping gear, water, food, and safety gear.

November can bring cold and inclement weather to the lower Colorado River. You will need to be prepared for possible heavy wind (on and off the river) as well as rain, cold, and more wind.

You will also need to be aware that there is no guarentee that we will be able to meet you at a certain area on a certain day of the expedition. We are entirely dependant on the whims of the river. At one point during the 2015 expedition we were running 2 days late due to heavy wind on Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. During the 2016 expedition we were averaging a day early because of a week long stretch of PERFECT weather. 

Any shuttling of vehicles or persons will need to be arranged with an outside shuttle service. There are a number of outfitters that offer these services available along the lower Colorado River. You can contact us for more information or references if need be.

Joining The Team Paddling All 340 Miles From Hoover Dam To Mexico

If you are a true adventurer that wishes to experience a kayak expedition, then here's your chance. Prospective team members need to be able to physically paddle a kayak 30 miles a day for several days in a row. You will also need to have experience paddling in a variety of rough water conditions and be able to perform a self rescue if needed. As a team we are there to help each other if assistance is needed, but we aren't professional guides.

One of the most important requirements is the willingness to be awake, packed up, and on the water before sunrise everyday of the expedition. We have to be up and on the water early so we can reliably get to our next campsite before the end of the day. This may seem like a bit of a non-issue to some paddlers, but there are individuals that just can't seem to rouse themselves that early everyday for several weeks.

We have room for a maximum of 4 people to join the team paddling the Colorado River between South Cove on Lake Mead and Mexico. The section of the expedition in the Grand Canyon is closed to just the team leader and a few associates. We have a support team that will move us around the dams, bring our ressupply boxes, and coordination with U.S. Border Patrol when we get to the U.S. / Mexico border.

There is no official cost to join the expedition. This expedition is self financed by the members of the team. Expenses such as camping fees are shared as a group. Fees for shuttles, hotel rooms, food, emergency services, and the rare opportunity for eating out is considered a personal expense. We do not solicit sponsors to finance the cost incurred from this expedition. 

November can bring cold and inclement weather to the lower Colorado River. You will need to be prepared for possible heavy wind (on and off the river) as well as rain, cold, and more wind.

Everyday we are entirely dependant on the whims of the river. At one point during the 2015 expedition we were running 2 days late due to heavy wind on Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. During the 2016 expedition we were averaging a day early because of a week long stretch of PERFECT weather. 

Promotions, Press, and Social Media

Please be aware that there is a possibilty of the team being interviewed by news reporters as well as your image being shared on social media. During previous Bow South Expeditions we have developed a large group following our adventures paddling down the Colorado River. Willing team members maybe asked to provide a short biography about themselves to share on this website as well as a short video for promoting the expedition. 

How To Join The Team

If would like to join this year's team then please email us at riverbroncspc@gmail.com or contact the expedition team leader, James Hermes, at phone 760-406-3555.

 

       Meet the members of the 2016 Bow South team.