Mile 0 – Willow Beach Put-In: River left. The start of your trip! Meet your outfitter in the parking lot by the beach if you are using one.
Mile 0.5 – Willow Beach Fish Hatchery: River left. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the hatchery. The intention of the hatchery is to protect endangered species including the bonytail chub and razorback sucker. The hatchery began operating in 1962 and has been active ever since. You can take a self-guided tour of the hatchery if you pull off on river left.
Mile 1.50 – Emerald Cave: Paddle all the way into the cave. Once inside, turn around and enjoy the radiating light inside the cave. The namesake of the cave is from the beautiful emerald color that the water takes inside the cave during the afternoon.
Mile 1.75 – Gauging Station: The gauging station was built in advance of the construction of the Hoover Dam. The station was used during and after the construction to monitor water levels and silt output. The cable that runs across the river was built to provide access to the station from the Arizona side of the river.
Mile 6.75 – Arizona Hot Spring: The Arizona Hot Springs are remarkable. Pull in to the cove on river-left and remember to bring your boats up high onto the beach. Hiking away from the river, the trail forks into two canyons. Follow the stream of water into the left canyon and enjoy a short hike up a canyon. This hike will bring you to a twenty-foot ladder. The hot springs are nestled into a slot canyon above the ladder. The further up the canyon you explore, the hotter the springs get, ranging all the way to 111 degrees Fahrenheit. You can camp in either of the two main canyons. Note that there is a pit toilet at this site. Click here for a detailed description.
Mile 7.5 – Ringbolt Rapids: Look approximately 15 feet above the high water line and you will see large ringbolts drilled into the rock wall. These ringbolts were used in the late 1800’s to winch steamboats up through a set of extremely difficult rapids. The construction of dams downstream of the rapids led to them washing out, but the evidence of their former glory remains through the presence of the bolts.
Mile 9.25 – Boy Scout Canyon: River right. Beach your craft on the sand of the river wash and get ready for a fun, albeit mildly challenging hike. As you hike up Boy Scout Canyon you will be hiking alongside and through a geothermally heated creek. There is a fun waterfall along the creek as well as several small pools that you can soak in.
Mile 10.25 – Goldstrike Canyon: River right. Goldstrike canyon is another stellar day-hike with hotspring pools, a waterfall, and beautifully colored rocks and vegetation.
Mile 10.5 – Sauna Cave: River right. This cave was accidentally created by construction workers involved with the Hoover Dam. The intention was to build a tunnel at the cave site, but intense geothermal heating prevented the tunnel from being completed. Access to the cave is up a steep, short hill from the shoreline. The cave is relatively straight and quickly becomes pitch black as you explore its depths. The heat from the geothermal activity becomes increasingly intense as you go deeper into the cave.
Mile 11.5 – Restricted Access: For non-permitted trips, this sign that spans the river is the end-of-the-line. Please respect sign and use this as a turnaround point.