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A-7 Backwaters Day-Use Area
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A-7 Backwaters Day-Use Area is a backwater connected to the lower Colorado River and boasts swimming, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and picnicking opportunities. The backwater is approximately two miles in length and you may fish from the shore or launch a small boat. Summer temperatures can be extreme.  Please be prepared when you recreate during the summertime.
A-7 Recreation Site is located in La Paz County, AZ and is approximately 3 mile south of Ehrenberg, AZ and approximately 8 miles southeast of Blythe, CA.
Use Interstate 10 to Ehrenberg, Arizona. Take Ehrenberg exit to South Frontage Road. Go west on the frontage road approximately 1 mile. Turn left on gravel surfaced Ehrenberg/Cibola Road. Go south approximately 3 miles to the site.
Visitor Activities
Swimming, fishing, hunting, and picnicking.
Special Features
This site is subject to seasonal fire restrictions each summer.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no facilities at this site. No permits or fees are required.  A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. Details are available at the Arizona Game and Fish License Page.  
A four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is not needed to access the site; however, the roads to and around the site are dirt roads, and may be difficult to navigate after major rain events. The site does not have wheelchair accessible features or facilities.
Camping and Lodging
Lodging is available in Ehrenberg, AZ and Blythe, CA.
Food and Supplies
There are grocery stores and businesses supplying outdoor recreation needs in Blythe, CA and limited supplies in Ehrenberg, AZ.
First Aid
The nearest hospitals are La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, Arizona and Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, CA. In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, please call La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-293-2281.
Additional Information

West Nile Virus has been located in samples taken from various locations along the Colorado River. Take precautions when visiting riparian river areas.  There are no trash collection points at this site, please practice “Pack It In/ Pack It Out.”

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

  Yuma Field Office
7341 E. 30th Street
Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
Field Manager:  John MacDonald
Hours:  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F