Kayaking Near Lake Havasu

Yesterday I had my second solo kayaking adventure. The destination… Lake Havasu, well… an area near Lake Havasu.

I started my “yak” at Castle Rock Bay. When I first arrived at the rock, I didn’t see the bay, but I was greeted by a lovely sign reminded me to be mindful of rattlesnakes. 😛

The bay is located about 800 or so feet away from the parking area. Did I see rattlesnakes? No. A more appropriate sign should probably read, “Be Alert! Watch Out For Donkey Shit!”

Alas, I made it to the Castle Rock sans boro dung and pumped up my inflatable kayak.

I am happy to report that I am pleased with my Intex kayak. It weighs less than 25 pounds in the bag… including the pump and oar. It takes me about 15 minutes to get setup and about 15 minutes to break down. And… I am able to get everything back in the bag when I finish my quest.

When I first launched out of Castle Rock Bay, I was perplexed, as it looks like there is only a small area to splash around. However, when I made it closer to the reeds, I found a small inlet that a single kayak would fit through. Score!

After making it through the passageway, I weaved in and out of several bays and maneuvering around marsh lands. I even managed to find a spot to wade and get mud between my toes. Check out this cool photosphere I took while soaking it up.

A great thing about this area is that it is closed off to personal water craft, so I did not have to deal with the waves from jet skis and boats.

After splashing around a bit, I paddled on to nice spot to sit back and relax.

Yes… time does fly when you’re having fun. I ended up spending about five hours on the water and kayaked about five miles before returning to Castle Rock. As I returned, I marveled at how the rock looks somewhat like the Great Sphinx of Giza.

What do you think?

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