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Black Canyon Canoe and Camp - SBC & PDC

Black Canyon Canoe and Camp - SBC & PDC

February 25, 2022 - February 27, 2022
12:00pm - 9:00pm
Colorado River

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Paddling 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. Our kayaks will take us between towering cliffs and looming canyon walls as we navigate the flat moving water of the river. We will be able to explore side canyons, soak in hot springs and sleep on the river's edge. 

Trip Cost     
SRWC Member: $120
Faculty, Staff: $150

Non Enrolled CSUSB Students, Alumni Association Members, Affiliates, and Sponsored Guests are not able to register at this time.
Pre-Trip Meeting / Sign Up Deadline
February 22, 2022 6pm @ CSUSB and Zoom

Trip Departs From
Palm Desert Campus, Meet in front of Indian Wells Theater @ 11am
CSUSB Student Recreation and Wellness Center @ 12pm

Activity Level 
3 - Adventurous 

Day 1: We will meet at the PDC Indian Wells Theater @ 11am and SBS Student Recreation and Wellness Center at 12pm on Friday 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 miles (4-5 hours) with stops for lunch and whenever we have to fill up our van with gas. Upon arrival at Boulder Beach Campground we will set up camp and get some sleep.  

Day 2: Saturday morning will be an early start, we will pack up camp before heading to the the Hover Dam to launch our boats. We will paddle 4 miles today, stopping along the way to explore side canyons, hot springs and a cave. When we arrive at our river side campground we will set up camp and enjoy the views. 

Day 3: After spending the night on the river and one last soak in the hot pools, we pack up camp for an 8 mile leisurely paddle down river towards our take out at Willow Beach.  Once off the river we’ll pack-up the van drive into the city to grab a bite to eat before we make way back to CSUSB!

Packing List


5 meals are included, starting with breakfast on day 2 (2 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner)
2 meals are not included (2 dinners) 

Hygiene and Comfort
We will be staying at reserved campsites the first night that has flush toilets and drinking water. We will be carrying our all our food, shelter, clothing, drinking water, and equipment in backpacks weighing up to 40 lbs. to our riverside campsite.  Along the river we will practice Leave No Trace methods to dispose of trash and human waste. The campsite we will be at for night 2 and the morning of day 3 has a pit toilet, and no showers. You will have the option to share a tent with one or two people or sleep out under the cover of the stars.  Light weight tents, warm synthetic sleeping bags, foam pads and ground tarps will be provided to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The ground consists of sand, rocks, and soft soil.  

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How to Register

Registration Opens 12/1/21