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mmcdan
06-03-2011, 01:01 AM
We're relocating to Palm Springs so I'm looking for suggestions on the best spots for boating. I've talked to some locals who keep their boats stored in Parker and put in on the Colorado. Any thoughts, advice or experience would be appreciated.

Thanks

suiterob
06-03-2011, 05:26 PM
The River is going to be your best bet. Lake Havasu (Parker) area up to Laughlin and Lake Mohave area. I live in Orange County here in So Cal and the other local lakes would be either up in Big Bear or Lake Silverwood. There's also Lake Perris in Moreno Valley but that's only as a last resort. Overall you can't go wrong with your initial posting of storing in Parker and putting in anywhere along the Colorado River.

I have the CSX salt water series and have done most of these locations as well as the Pacific Ocean...

It's too bad the Salton Sea is not a fresh water lake as that would be ideal as its so close to Palm Springs.

My favorite is Laughlin / Lake Mohave which we're headed to in about 10 days. I love spending all day on the Lake then coming back to the hotels in Laughlin and hitting the buffets as well as the casino action!

Huskie05
06-03-2011, 05:37 PM
The River is going to be your best bet. Lake Havasu (Parker) area up to Laughlin and Lake Mohave area. I live in Orange County here in So Cal and the other local lakes would be either up in Big Bear or Lake Silverwood. There's also Lake Perris in Moreno Valley but that's only as a last resort. Overall you can't go wrong with your initial posting of storing in Parker and putting in anywhere along the Colorado River.

I have the CSX salt water series and have done most of these locations as well as the Pacific Ocean...

It's too bad the Salton Sea is not a fresh water lake as that would be ideal as its so close to Palm Springs.

My favorite is Laughlin / Lake Mohave which we're headed to in about 10 days. I love spending all day on the Lake then coming back to the hotels in Laughlin and hitting the buffets as well as the casino action!

I grew up in Big Bear, worked at a Marina for 7 years. Crowded on the weekends, a lot of LA traffic. Lake Mead is 4 hours away, worth the drive, as well as Mohave. Lake Powell (heaven on earth) is 6 hours away. If you have never done it once, do it! You will find every reason in the world to keep going back. Lake Arrowhead is between Silverwood and Big Bear, might be private now. Southern Cal crowds are the worse, very bad. I would be towing to Mohave or Mead, but I hate crowds,. Mead you can get out far enough to avoid a lot a lot of boats.

suiterob
06-03-2011, 06:04 PM
I grew up in Big Bear, worked at a Marina for 7 years. Crowded on the weekends, a lot of LA traffic. Lake Mead is 4 hours away, worth the drive, as well as Mohave. Lake Powell (heaven on earth) is 6 hours away. If you have never done it once, do it! You will find every reason in the world to keep going back. Lake Arrowhead is between Silverwood and Big Bear, might be private now. Southern Cal crowds are the worse, very bad. I would be towing to Mohave or Mead, but I hate crowds,. Mead you can get out far enough to avoid a lot a lot of boats.

totally agree. so cal lakes for the most part are way overcrowded on the weekends and are only half way enjoyable midweek. my last trip to lake powell was 15 years ago and look forward to getting back there next summer with my new MC. "heaven on earth" is absolutely correct, i describe it as being in the grand canyon full of water! And yes, I have a friend that owns a house on Lake Arrowhead and he says it is now private. for true boating pleasure in the so cal area it's ALL about the Colorado River!! (havasu, mohave, mead & powell)

Huskie05
06-03-2011, 06:15 PM
totally agree. so cal lakes for the most part are way overcrowded on the weekends and are only half way enjoyable midweek. my last trip to lake powell was 15 years ago and look forward to getting back there next summer with my new MC. "heaven on earth" is absolutely correct, i describe it as being in the grand canyon full of water! And yes, I have a friend that owns a house on Lake Arrowhead and he says it is now private. for true boating pleasure in the so cal area it's ALL about the Colorado River!! (havasu, mohave, mead & powell)

Take what we have said as solid gold. Try Big Bear once on a holiday weekend, you will sell or sink your boat in frustration. Mead can get busy, but its so big you can get away from the people, but the ramp will usually suck. Las Vegas Harbor is not too bad, especially with water levels going back up. For $10 bucks a night, you can courtesy slip the boat (they have security) and you donít have to fight the ramp every night. A lot of hotels within 15 minutes, and places to eat. We just did a Mead weekend last week. Don't stay at the hotel by Hoover Dam, unless you like bugs on your pillow. Wifey will never go back. Marriotts and the such close by in Henderson.....

Mohave is a lot more crowded, faster boats and beer flowing. I donít care for it. But I have kids, and kids always in the water behind the boat. Good luck, you will enjoy Palm Springs. Just played Indian Wells two weeks ago.

mmcdan
06-04-2011, 10:33 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I drove over to Parker today and up 95 to Havasu City. The Colorado was pretty crazy near Parker but thinned out towards the dam. Havasu seemed pretty mellow for a Saturday.

Seems like a decent strategy for us will be to store north of Parker and put in either on the river or Havasu for quick trips and pull to points further north when we have more time. I talked to one of the park rangers on the AZ side and she said an annual pass is $200 and will give me access to ramps on the river and Havasu.

I've been on Powell and couldn't agree more. And yes, I'm looking forward to Palm Springs. This is a beautiful place, though I'm a sucker for the desert.

Thanks guys, hopefully we'll see each other out there someday. I didn't see many MC's out there today, just a lot of jet boats, jet skis and drunken tubers.