Just a handful of Arizona towns can boast a location on one of the most mighty rivers in the U.S., the Colorado River! The River provides year-round recreation and enjoyment, from wild to mild. From high-speed boating and jet-skiing to silent sports like kayaking and paddleboarding, to finding your piece of beach for wading during a family picnic, the River provides every opportunity to enjoy its green shores, wildlife, and cool waters. Warm and sunny winters make a great time for boating or paddling, while in the hotter weather in spring and summer, you can make a splash with the wetter options like tubing and waterskiing.
On the edge of downtown, pleasantly calm waters roll along the East and West Wetlands parks, providing tranquil places to stroll or jog, gather with friends, or let young ones run off some energy and play in the shallows. Easy access spots include Gateway Park’s beach in the East Wetlands, or in the West Wetlands, Centennial Beach, or Playa Linda. Tubing, canoeing, and kayaking are all easy options in these locations.
To go a little deeper for fishing or power sports, head north of Yuma to Martinez Lake, Senators Wash, Squaw Lake, or Fisher’s Landing for public access boat launches or places to put in for canoeing or kayaking. Jet-ski, pontoon, and powerboat rentals are available and outfitters can get you set for a day on the water.