Public Land and Recreation
|Welcome to the Lower Colorado River Valley. The
Bureau of Land Management, Yuma District Office, is responsible for managing public lands
in the Yuma area. Traditionally, most recreational visitor use has been in the open desert
where facilities are scarce. Here, the desert environment can be severe. BLM urges
visitors to preserve and protect public lands for the future.
A wide variety of camping experiences are available on BLM public lands. A Long Term Visitors Area (LTVA) has been established near Imperial Dam where visitors can stay up to seven months between September 15 and April 15. Visitors who wish to stay in the LTVA must purchase a Long Term Visitors Area Permit for $50.00, or a short term permit for $10.00. The long-term permit is valid for the entire season while the short-term permit is valid for several consecutive days with the option to purchase an unlimited quantity of additional permits. Both permits are valid in all designated LTVAs. Additional LTVAs are located near Quartzsite, AZ, and along the Colorado River in California. Campers wishing to stay on the desert outside of an LTVA may camp in one location on undeveloped public land for up to 14 days in any 28 day period at no charge, unless otherwise posted. After 14 days, campers must move to a new site outside a 25 mile radius of their original campsite. *Rates subject to change.
|1. Imperial Dam (LTVA)
BLM - Individual sites listed below:
Quail Hill - Gray water disposal station.
Beehive Mesa - No facilities.
Coyote Ridge - Gray water disposal station.
Cripple Creek - RV dump station.
Skunk Hollow - No facilities.
South Mesa Recreation Site - restrooms, RV dump station, water, outside showers, swimming, fishing, shade ramadas, & amphitheater.
Hurricane Ridge - No facilities.
2. Senator Wash Boat Ramp BLM
3. Squaw Lake Recreation Site
4. Hidden Shores BLM
Laguna Dam - Bureau of Reclamation
|Laguna Dam South Recreation Site
Operated and managed by the Quechan Indian Tribe. Camping is available for 60 units, but must be self contained. Tent camping, dry camping, or full hookups, drinking water, trailer dumping station. Overnight camping fee. Weekly or monthly camping.
Wash Reservoir - BLM
Imperial Dam - Bureau of Reclamation
All American Canal/Desalting Works Bureau of Reclamation & Imperial Irrigation
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
Cooperatively managed by BLM, Bureau of Reclamation and Arizona Game and Fish. Travel East on Highway 95 to Circle K (Avenue 7E) turn left, continue about five miles. 10 day camping, must be self-contained, no showers, restrooms, boat launching, fishing or hunting.
Betty's Kitchen Wildlife Interpretive Area
The left fork goes to Fisher's Landing: Overnight camping, showers, restrooms, tents, RVs, trailers, bait, boat launching and storage, boat rentals, restaurant lounge, fuel and groceries.
Protect this unique desert-river environment. Obey the following regulations:
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