Posted by: GlenL on Sep-22-12 10:54 AM (EST)
It's 76 miles from Blythe to Imperial dam & approx 18 more to Yuma. I've paddled the 1st 35 miles to Walters camp 2x & would only go again if desparate to wet my paddle in otherwise very dry country. The CA side is continuous farmland. AZ side is wilder but the river is channelized & banks are continuous rip-rap. Haven't paddled miles #36-62 by Picacho Rec area on Ca side but hear it's more scenic than upriver. Next section down to Imperial dam @ mile #76 is scenic. River is much reduced below Imp dam w/ lots of development as you approach Yuma.
Big powerboats aren't an issue. Some small fishing boats above Imp dam
For a much more scenic section of Colorado flatwater consider Black canyon/L Mohave from Hoover dam down to Laughlin/Bullhead City or Topock gorge above L Havasu