Yuma River ToursLaunches from Fisher's Landing, Martinez Lake, (928) 783-4400
Spend the day on the cool waters of one of the world's great rivers while viewing the natural wonders of one of its great deserts with jet boat tours or trips aboard the one-of-a-kind Colorado King paddleboat sternwheeler. Advance planning is a must - because the launch location is off the beaten path, there's no fixed schedule, and trips are by reservation only, more info at www.yumarivertours.com . Take Highway 95 north, go left on Martinez Lake Road (just past milepost 46), then 10 miles west. Please note, this business is in the midst of an ownership transition and has not been operating this season - call them to check on their status,
Yuma River TubingAt West Wetlands Park, (928) 750-0247
Floating down the Colorado has never been this easy -- and close to home! Custom kayak and float tube rentals and shuttle service daily in season at West Wetlands Park (1st Street to 12th Avenue, turn north). Rentals include a ride upriver for you and your gear, "flexible" time afloat and a life vest. Reservations required, more info at www.yumarivertubing.com. Seasonal, warmer weather.
CANOE & KAYAK DAY TRIPS:
City of Yuma Parks & Recreation, (928) 373-5243
Get a group together and canoe or kayak down the Colorado. Minimum group size Is eight, maximum 40, advance arrangements are required. The city also runs periodic scheduled canoe trips that anyone can join, call for to find out about upcoming trips.
CANOE, KAYAK MULTI-DAY CHARTERS:
Yuma River Tours, 783.4400 - See note above
Martinez Lake Resort, 783.9589
Contact these YVB member businesses to arrange a longer group paddling adventure.
Yuma Kayaks, 503.0537
These folks offer for kayak instruction or "paddle & picnic" group excursions, and sell kayaks and related equipment.
RENT BOATS BY HOUR:
Canoes, kayaks, pontoon boat > Jet Rent (928) 314-4345, www.jetrentyuma.com
RENT PERSONAL WATERCRAFT:
If you've got a need for speed, rent a personal watercraft and cut loose! Various models are available, along with trailers, life jackets, gas tanks and advice on where to ride.
Jet Rent (928) 314-4345, www.jetrentyuma.com