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Boating & Floating

Whether your pleasure is jet-skiing, kayaking, or simply floating down the river, BLM public lands offer a variety of boating and floating opportunities in Arizona. The State has numerous lakes and rivers suitable for both motorized and non-motorized, boating activities.  Two of the most popular sites for water-based recreation are the Gila and Colorado Rivers, which provide recreational prospects with unparalleled scenic views, wildlife, and fishing.

Lake Havasu Field Office

Safford Field Office

Tucson Field Office

Yuma Field Office


Boating Rules & Ettiquete

  • Tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return, and where to call if you don't. 
  • Be sure your skills and experience are equal to the river and the changing river conditions.
  • Never boat or float alone.
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved type III-V, properly-adjusted, lifejacket at all times when you are in or near the river.
  • Arizona is notorious for rapidly changing weather conditions, be prepared for these changes and don’t be caught off guard.
  • Know how to recognize and react to river hazards such as holes, wrap rocks, undercut boulders and walls, rock sieves, and horizon lines across the river.
  • Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it. Learn or review medical aid responsibilities and CPR.
  • Remote rivers through isolated areas should be approached with caution, since aid is difficult or impossible to obtain in case of an accident.
  • Be careful when consuming alcohol and participating in any recreational activity.

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