Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Willow Beach Marina View...

It's beautiful, though hot today...

The docks are off to our right...

Onyx almost missed seeing the mallard, so Lare's helping her out, lol

Check out how clear the water is, but ohhhh, it's cold...

There were a couple of boater's today, one rented, one private...

There are several covered picnic tables available to shield from the hot...

There are about 30 RV sites total, all of them are spaced...

The RV sites have water and power hookups, plus a table and...

There a few pull-thru sites available in the RV section of the...

This site is a few steps away from where your car parks,...

Few trees are around, so during the summer months you'd need to...

The river is way down the hill from the campground, about 1/2mi...

This floodchannel was designed to dump right down the launch ramp into...


After exploring a bit at Hoover Dam, we continued about 12 miles below the Dam to our next stop, Willow Beach Campground & Harbor. The last time I camped here I was 8 months pregnant and it was a very HOT summer weekend. I slept in the back of a station wagon in a sleeping bag the first night and it might have been the most uncomfortable, miserable night of my life! I did move to the comfort of a bed and air conditioning at the small motel on premises the next two nights, but never forgot that first miserable night, lol!

Over the last 30 years the resort has suffered major damage from flash floods. As I mentioned, there used to be a motel and trailer residence's in this area, but the constant threat of flood was always a known risk. In the 70's there were several damaging floods at Willow Beach, prompting the eventual closure and removal of the campground and most of the resort facilities.

Willow Beach now has a new campground with about 30 full hookups sites. This was part of a $20 million dollar, 2 year project to minimize flash flood danger and improve the resort infrastructure. In addition to RV sites there are also about 10 tent sites available around the perimeter of the campground. These tent sites have the best views of all the sites. In the picture you can identify the tent sites with the funny looking green post with a 180 degree bend at the top. These are lantern posts. As you can see the area is quite scenic. This campground was very well thought out, the amenities are very nice, including a flash flood early warning system. Really the only thing this campground is missing is an Internet hotspot, but this is available at the marina store area 1/2 mile down the hill.

The only downside about this campground is it's pretty far from the water, it's not a simple walk because it's up a hill about a half mile away, so if you're camping in this campground and want to visit the river water, you'll likely want to drive. If you're in a motorhome with no tow-car, this may pose a problem. Trust me, you're not going to be hiking this trek up and down the hill, especially during the summer heat. Maybe the marina will implement a shuttle program at some point.

Willow Beach Harbor has been totally renovated as of 2011. There is a new store, restaurant grille, & docks as of May, 2011. If you want to explore this part of the river or enjoy some good fishing, this is an excellent place to launch from, but beware you cannot travel north on the river from Willow Beach on Sunday and Monday. And, swimming in this area isn't very fun since the water is 54F all the time, regardless of the weather. The water comes out of Hoover dam at 53F all year long. Brrrr....

Willow Beach Marina offers 26' deck cruisers with 220HP, a 17' Champion boat with 60HP, a 16' Runabout boat with 40HP, Discovery 174 Canoes able to hold 3 adults, a Loon 160 Tandem Kayak, big enough for 2 adults, and a Loon 138 Kayak good for 1 adult. Prices range from $45/day to $250/day. On a low budget you can have fun paddling around in a canoe to see the area. Be aware the river flows at about 3-4mph, so you really don't want to paddle too far down river. It would be best to paddle upriver along the shoreline (less current) so you know you can get back OK. We're really looking forward to bringing our Sea Eagle Paddleski here next spring. It's too late & too hot to come now. But we're sure glad we stopped by to check things out. I hope the word doesn't get out to too many folks about how nice it is here now, we'd kinda like to have it our to ourselves when we come hang out!!!

Note: I 'borrowed' the last couple of photos from the WB website to share today. I could not find campground rates anywhere but when I do I'll let you know what they are!



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