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Arizona whitewater, Bill Williams River

Mohave county, Alamo Dam to Lake Havasu section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

I've been to this part of the Bill Williams River a dozen times. I've never seen any water in it, except for a few isolated oases (is that plural for oasis?), such as the sometimes beautiful (and sometimes ugly) riparian area at the west end of Planet Ranch. But, I believe the river has water sometimes, as I seem to recall that a flood in the early 90's washed away a chunk of Planet Ranch farmland. Anyway, check with whoever controls the
    outflow at Alamo dam or you'll be dragging your raft for miles through the sand. Says Desert Rat

If you're coming from Lake Havasu City-Kingman it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road
map further down the page with more info on that. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Alamo Dam to Lake Havasu section is one of them. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive  
a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The scenic beauty of Arizona and the water flowing gracefully down Bill Williams River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Bill Williams River is pretty dried out generally.

Bill Williams River, Alamo Dam to Lake Havasu road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bill Williams River.
 Whitewater Near Bill Williams River:
Bill Williams River, Mohave County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 36 miles long (Alamo Dam to Lake Havasu)
 Hotels Near Bill Williams River:
Hampton Inn Parker AZ, Parker , 32 miles away
Best Western Parker Inn, Parker , 32 miles away
Quality Inn Parker, Parker , 32 miles away
Knights Inn Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu City , 36 miles away
Island Suites, Lake Havasu City , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bill Williams River:
Swansea Ghost Town, Bouse, 5 miles away
Alamo Lake State Park - Camp Areas Main/A/B, Salome, 18 miles away
Alamo Lake State Park - Camp Area E, Salome, 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bill Williams River:
Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona , 17 miles away
Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona , 21 miles away
Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Bill Williams River
Alamo Lake, La Paz , 16 miles away

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