Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges

National Public Lands Day

September 28, 2013

This 2nd Annual event was a great success; approximately 60 kayakers pitched in to help pick up litter along the shoreline between Castle Rock and Mesquite Bay Central in Havasu NWR.

Boats were provided at no charge by Jerkwater Canoe Company and Western Arizona Canoe and Kayak Outfitters (WACKO), two local Lake Havasu City kayak outfitters; experienced kayakers were welcome to bring their own equipment.

You can view a photo gallery of the event on our Event Gallery page.

Look for a bigger, better event next year. Check our event calendar for updates.

Windsor Beach (on London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City). There are many other private and public boat launches along the Colorado River.

There are several businesses in the area where you can rent boats, canoes, and kayaks.

Boat Launching Information

There is a non-motorized launch ramp open during daylight hours at the Bill Williams River NWR Headquarters. Check their official website for more details; a link can be found on our Resources Page.

Boat launching ramps are available in the Topock Marsh area of the Havasu NWR at North Dike, Five Mile Landing, and Catfish Paradise; you cannot access the Colorado River by boat from the Topock Marsh. Non-motorized boat launching is available at Castle Rock and Mesquite Bay Central at the south end of Havasu NWR.

Local boat launches that allow access to the Colorado River, Topock Gorge, and north Lake Havasu include the Topock Gorge Marina, Arizona (exit 1, I-40), Park Moabi (located 11 miles south of Needles, CA on I-40), and Havasu State Park at 

Kayaking the Refuges

Kayaking and canoeing are fast growing activities as people try to escape the hectic pace of modern life.

The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is a NO WAKE ZONE for boaters, so this is a perfect place for a quiet, leisurely paddle.  

The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge offers multiple opportunities for paddlers, giving one the opportunity to choose between a quiet paddle on Topock marsh, drifting the current on a slow moving Colorado River, or negotiating the great expanse of Lake Havasu.  

Please note that some areas are closed to all access during certain migration and nesting periods. Please check the specific Refuge website for boating regulations, areas restricted to access, and other rules that may apply; links to the Refuge pages are here:

Bill Williams River NWR Website

Havasu NWR Website

Check out the John West video below for a taste of kayaking in the southern reaches of the Havasu NWR: