Class I Colorado River, NV/AZ

Black Canyon Water Trail (Hoover Dam to Eldorado Canyon)

In 2014, the Secretary of Interior designated this portion of the Colorado River as a National Water Trail, making it the first in the Southwest and the first to flow through a desert. You can access the water trail through a guided tour at the base of the Hoover Dam, from Willow Beach, Arizona, or near an old mining town in Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.

As you travel the 30-mile trail, you’ll find beaches, caves, coves, hot springs, wilderness and solitude. Desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife are often seen on the cliffs along the river. Historic structures associated with the construction of Hoover Dam can also be viewed. (Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources)

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 25.4 Miles
Notes Special permit required to launch at Hoover Dam. See website for details. Boaters may also launch at Willow Beach in Arizona.
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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