First time river trip, need tips gang....

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« on: July 02, 2014, 08:58:48 PM »
Looking to plan our first trip to the river for next month or so.  Hoping to find a condo / mobile home on the water with either a dock or at least a launch ramp right there.  Any input would be appreciated!  And if you know a rental owner in a good area, would love the contact info. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2014, 09:06:22 PM »
If your going to parker the windmill resort rents out trailers. I'm not sure how much a night. The park has a launch ramp and it's not to crowded like most of the other places. This pic is how the beach was last Friday afternoon.


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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014, 10:01:53 PM »
Personally, I love the Parker Strip. When I go, I usually rent at Riverland or Riverlodge. Riverland has fully furnished bungalows that sleep 4. They have pots, pans, linens, 2 tvs, radio, big deck, bbq, basically like your own trailer on the river. This camp has a decent market, and gas. The drawbacks: parking sucks, snooty owners, and you are next to the Seadoo Mecca that is Emerald Cove. I understand that Riverland has new managers and have corrected most of the issues coming from the complaint dept. I havn't been back since the last time. Nevertheless, its a nice place and worth it.
When I had a travel trailer, I stayed at Riverlodge. This spot is scenic and stunning. It is close to the dam and way more pet friendly. There is a 9 hole golf course if your into that. Their bungalows were pretty darn old. I rented a few over the years. They also are fully furnished like Riverland. They finally have been starting to replace them. Parking is excellent, the launch is excellent. There are tons of Donkeys walking around and a great place to ride a bicycle (yeah its that big). My kids have always had the most fun here. This is "the river" to them. There is a market but no gas. Drawbacks, you are pretty far from town, there is no cell reception (a plus in my book) and some of the beaches are rocky. Overall, this is my favorite place. Some of my close friends hate it, some adore it. To each his own.
My sister stays at JT in the keys. Pretty neat place. It is basically a very clean set of privately owned 'Motel 6' style rooms. It is located in the Moovalya Keys and you have your own dock. You just use the public launch and keep your float in the water the whole time. The entrance from the water is directly across from Riverland. They are located on the Az side, so you are right there close to town. Their prices are very reasonable. What most peole don't know is that the owners live close and are watching you. So if you party hardy, this may not be your place. Good luck! Have fun! Be safe!

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014, 10:59:34 PM »
thank you both so much for the input.  checking into all 4 spots right now!
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 06:50:08 AM »
Big bend has trailers right on the water and a small 7 unit strip of 2-3 bed units on the bluff. Launch right next to the trailers with a small cliff/rock to walk over to for a jump into the river. CA side up river away from most of the rough water. 760-663-3755

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2014, 02:41:34 PM »
If your set on Parker you could try the Key's.  Nice houses and the have docks.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2014, 06:08:24 PM »
If you wanna try the lower river, Big River RV park has a park model for rent right near the beach.

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »
I have a 21.5 open bow and would like smooth water and lots of exploring area.  River looking, not so much open water.... Do I want upper or lower river?

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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2014, 06:35:34 PM »
Lower smoother Parker can get pretty rough dam near like the ocean.  If you stay up river from the bars it is not as bad.  I like to go to Parker on the off time of the year. Late October is nice if I go during the prime time my jet boat is back on tne trailer by 9:30 am.  I also have a 23' tritoon that not bad in the rough water but know where as fun as the jet boat.  Check out the post for the lower river I believe that will fit your needs better.  Try Parker mid October.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2014, 09:20:33 PM »
I'm going to suggest that you check out several parts of the river throughout the year to get a feel for the water conditions and the overall atmosphere.  I got roped into a membership at Emerald Cove "Resort" before I spent any time along the other parts of the river.  I finally dumped my membership and now avoid the Parker Strip because of the horrible water conditions most of the time.

The upper river from Laughlin to the Needles area is very cool but can be very rocky.  AVI is a good place to stay.

Lake Havasu is an ocean for our boats, and competing with the 26'-46' boats is crazy.  Beware of the wind after 3:00.

The Parker Strip south of Lake Havasu has become a horrible place to boat because of too many wake boats, big boats and knuckleheads competing for too little space.  Avoid weekends!  Monday-Thursdays early if you're willing.

Big River, Aha Quinn, Twin Palms...  The area south of Parker all the way down to the diversion dam north of Blythe.  Shallow water in am, but much better water conditions for boats like ours.  Not nearly enough camp grounds or launch ramps but that helps keep the boat count down.

Blythe to Yuma is a clear shot if you can carry enough fuel.  Shallow in places, good water most of the time (heavy jet ski traffic in places).  Almost no rocks, sandy beaches and sand bars.  Several public launch ramps and camp grounds for day use or overnighters.

This is my quick overview of the river, hope it helps  ;D



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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2014, 06:27:56 PM »
thanks again to all - we are trying out jt's in the keys as our first.  review coming early august :)
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2014, 07:12:44 PM »
dont forget the coors light!
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2014, 07:23:25 PM »
Second that, don't forget the Coors Light.

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2014, 07:27:52 PM »
Brad Pitt said it right years ago in the movie Troy.....

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