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Vegas - Hoover Dam - Paddle Boarding

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Vegas - Hoover Dam - Paddle Boarding

Hi everyone! Heading out West in September and saw some amazing pictures online of paddle boarding thru the Arizona rock formations. Believe it was the Havasu Creek, but am wondering if there are any areas to do this closer to the Hoover Dam. Can the Hoover Dam, paddle boarding, ghost town and Vegas be done in 3 nights? TIA!

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1. Re: Vegas - Hoover Dam - Paddle Boarding

You can rent paddleboards and kayaks at the Lake Mead Marina. You could even paddle out almost to Hoover Dam if you have enough time and energy.

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Paddleboards on Havasu Creek would be unusual and unlikely. What you may have seen is Topock Gorge north of Lake Havasu.

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3. Re: Vegas - Hoover Dam - Paddle Boarding

There is a great trip you can do from the dam downriver to Willow Beach(requires permit because you are on federal property at the dam,and it requires transportation to the base of dam) Or from Willow Beach up(no permit) toward the dam is fun, with caves, catwalks, a gauging station, all stuff left over from dam construction. The hotsprings campground at Arizona Hotsprings is a nice place.Its a long haul upstream to the hotsprings, but the gauging station and tram car is not too far out of the Willow Beach Marina up past the fish hatchery. Here are pics of what is down there...


There is a "ghost town" at Nelson. If you drive to the end of that road you end up at Lake Mohave, where you can paddle.

As noted above, Topock Gorge is another nice place to paddle.

Edited: 25 April 2018, 01:49
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4. Re: Vegas - Hoover Dam - Paddle Boarding

Yes, you can rent paddleboards at Lake Mead Marina (702-293-3484, 490 Horsepower Cove Rd, Boulder City, NV 89005, www.boatinglakemead.com); and would be able to do that and see Hoover Dam in the same day, I'm sure. Of course, Las Vegas would be another night; and depending on what ghost town(s) you intend on visiting, I'm sure you can accomplish that as well. Our website, www.golakehavasu.com, provides a lot of information about Lake Havasu City and the surrounding areas/activities. We are approximately 135 mi from Hoover Dam and 155 mi to Las Vegas. Hope this information helps! Please contact us if you have any further questions for us. Pam Swenson, Travel Counselor - Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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