Black Canyon Kayak and Hot Springs

Black Canyon Kayak and Hot Springs

March 28, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Kayaking the Black Canyon of the Colorado River below Hover Dam is awesome! It’s the perfect kayaking adventure in Black Canyon. The lower Colorado River is moving flat water with no rapids -  just beautiful green waters. It is perfect for beginner and seasoned paddlers alike. On this 4 day trip we will  kayak upriver between towering cliffs and looming canyon walls as we navigate the flat moving water of the river. After a long day of up river paddling we will set up camp and enjoy the nearby hot springs. The next day we will explore more side canyon and hot springs and enjoy another night on the river. On day 4 we will pack up camp, paddle down river and head for home. This trip requires strong paddlers but the rewards are worth it.


Day 1: We will meet at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 10am on Wednesday morning to pack up the van and make sure we all have the necessary and proper gear and attire for a successful trip. Our drive is roughly 240 mi / 386 km (4-5 hours) with stops for lunch and whenever we have to fill up our van with gas before heading to our campsite at Willow Beach Campground and set up camp. The rest of the night is left for cooking dinner,relaxing around the fire, and getting ready for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2: Thursday morning will be an early start. That morning will consist of packing up camp, having breakfast, and packing our camping gear into our dry bags and kayaks, ready to go into the water. We will then kayak UP river to a beautiful hike before reaching our campsite. When we finslly get to the campsite, we will set up, make dinner and enjoy the rest of our night.

Day 3: On this day, we will wake up bright and early for breakfast and then begin our kayak adventure up river to Boyscout Canyon for a nice day hike. After we will have lunch by the river and then hike to the hot springs for a soak! After spending time in the springs, we will make our way back to the campsite for dinner and free time.

Day 4: Saturday morning we will wake up and enjoy breakfast and begin packing up camp. When camp is all packed we will enjoy one last soak in the hot springs before heading back to Willow Beach, having lunch on the way. Once at Willow Beach, we will strap down the kayaks and depart back to CSUSB! 

How To Register

San Bernardino Campus

Registration for all trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Student Recreation and Fitness Center membership desk during regular operating hours. For more information give us a call at 537-CAMP. Some programs do not require registration, are open to non members and youth. See program description for details.

Palm Desert Campus

Registration for trips and programs takes place in person at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus Administrative Offices (RG203) during regular operating hours. Call 909-537-2348 for the campus phone outside RG203 to check availability and to complete registration information. After completing registration you will make full payment by cash, check or debit card (no credit cards) to the Administrative Office. Some programs do not require registration, are open to nonmembers and youth. 

Sign Up Deadline: March, 27th, 2017

Activity Level: Level 3 - Moderate, up to 4-6 hours of activity per day

Students and SRWC Member: $100  
Faculty, Staff and Alumni: $130
Affiliate: $145
Community Member: $200