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We are going to Parker 7-11. I haven't been there for many years. We plan on launching near the buckskin safety center. Are there any dangers I need to be aware of? Rocks, sandbars, shallow water? Any tips on where to go and what to see? Taking the family, so hope to see the sights.

Anyone else going to be there? hope to meet some of you all.

Regards, SSC
 

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The only thing i would be scared of, is that you will fall inlove with the strip and want to be there every single weekend of your life :D


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SSC if your staying at Buckskin.. When you head south you will pass a bar on the AZ side called Foxes.. As you round the corner stay to the CA side. You will notice a power line up above and it has a lot of "markers" on it to warn airplanes.. You'll notice they are all the same color except for one that is white. That white one marks the "channel" if you can call it that. Everything to the AZ side of that gets ridiculously shallow, especially at night. South bound that's pretty much all you have to worry about.

When your heading north from buckskin you'll run up on the "rock pile" with markers all around it.. Obviously you'll see that, As you turn left and follow the river north your entering glass alley etc.. About 1/4 mile up on the right hand side it starts to get shallow. Just stick to the middle of the river up there and you'll be fine. Look down before you come off plane, in some spots it does get shallow across the whole river, but I really doubt you'll come into any problems.. Unless you literally happen to try and drag ass and get on plane in the one small area that would give you one.

River is finicky up there.. One of the deepest parts on the whole river is up there, and just south of it is one of the shallowest spots (all the way across).. either way though Use some common sense and you won't get into any trouble. When you get a little closer to the dam it's deep everywhere.

I hope I explained that alright.. If your worried about it PM me and I'll give you a call it's a lot easier to explain on the phone thne it is in text.

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There is also a large rock that spends a lot of time just barely submerged on the right hand side going northbound from buckskin. It is near shore so just stay out a bit through there. When the water's low it sticks out.

I water skied right up on that rock bar Dave about 25 years ago across from the cliffs one morning. It was submerged in about a foot of water. The flatbottom that was pulling me just clipped the edge with the prop and naturally I was to the right heading northbound. I walked right off the ski but the fin was pretty much toast. That rock bar will really fock up a boat tho. Stay center to California side through there.

We should draw a map showing all the known obstructions for the newbies one of these days.
 

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Dave.You got it backwards.

The shallow spot below Red Rock is on the AZ side, not the CA side.

You need to stay slightly to the west (CA side) of the center of the River.

Other tips:

Traffic flow is like the highway. Stay to the right. Uo River on the AZ side, down River on the CA side.

Stay alert. Expect every PWC you see to turn in front of you. If you expect it, you won't be surprised when they do.
 

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upper sand bar beach across from old sundance is one of the popular hangouts as well as the sand bar across from bluewater... kids will prob have a good time at the waterslide in the casino and dont forget to stop at roadrunner!
 

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We are going to Parker 7-11. I haven't been there for many years. We plan on launching near the buckskin safety center. Are there any dangers I need to be aware of? Rocks, sandbars, shallow water? Any tips on where to go and what to see? Taking the family, so hope to see the sights.

Anyone else going to be there? hope to meet some of you all.

Regards, SSC
Like everyone else said, stay close to the center, and look for the white ball hangin off the powerline or what ever kind of line it it. Fox's is really cool bar with great food, Roadrunner is the bar at night IMO. The Bluewater has a decent buffet and a really good expensive restaurant. Badenochs is fun place to eat lunch or breakfast, I just like the place, I don't know why. The river is short, so you end up socializing and going to places more than you actually boat. It's not like boating anywhere else, Parker is all about the social scene IMO. It's an experience.
 
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Dave.You got it backwards.

The shallow spot below Red Rock is on the AZ side, not the CA side.

You need to stay slightly to the west (CA side) of the center of the River.

Other tips:

Traffic flow is like the highway. Stay to the right. Uo River on the AZ side, down River on the CA side.

Stay alert. Expect every PWC you see to turn in front of you. If you expect it, you won't be surprised when they do.
About 20yrs ago I bent the propshaft on a boat cause I was too far to the Az. side just before Red Rock. So I stay way way to the left, just leaving enough room for 1 boat to travel South. The water is really shallow there. People who don't know the river look at you like wtf when you're that far over, but they won't be shelling out for your prop or drive or worse when you hit, so they'll get over it. I've seen at least 7-8 boats hit hard, hard enough to throw a rear passenger to the front of the boat.

The only other real bad area is right before glass alley North of the rock pile, stay slightly left of center and you'll be ok.

And if you see someone's hat blow off, expect them to flip their boat around right in front of you. :D
 

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we are coming up sunday thru wensday,like they said,roadrunner for french toast.at night(i got a slip at bluewater) anchor wayyyyyy the fk out or you wont be going anywhere in the morning till they decide to make electricity..lol
 

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There is also a large rock that spends a lot of time just barely submerged on the right hand side going northbound from buckskin. It is near shore so just stay out a bit through there. When the water's low it sticks out.

I water skied right up on that rock bar Dave about 25 years ago across from the cliffs one morning. It was submerged in about a foot of water. The flatbottom that was pulling me just clipped the edge with the prop and naturally I was to the right heading northbound. I walked right off the ski but the fin was pretty much toast. That rock bar will really fock up a boat tho. Stay center to California side through there.

We should draw a map showing all the known obstructions for the newbies one of these days.

I know i would like to see a map like that if someone wants to draw it up that would be a big help. Thanks!!
 

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I water skied right up on that rock bar Dave about 25 years ago across from the cliffs one morning. It was submerged in about a foot of water. The flatbottom that was pulling me just clipped the edge with the prop and naturally I was to the right heading northbound. I walked right off the ski but the fin was pretty much toast. That rock bar will really fock up a boat tho. Stay center to California side through there.

We should draw a map showing all the known obstructions for the newbies one of these days.
Wheeler takes all those awesome aerials for my site.. If he has time I'll have him take pics of the entire strip and mark the pics up and upload them. :) It would be nice for people to be able to see where they are instead of finding them.

Dave.You got it backwards.

The shallow spot below Red Rock is on the AZ side, not the CA side.

You need to stay slightly to the west (CA side) of the center of the River.

Other tips:

Traffic flow is like the highway. Stay to the right. Uo River on the AZ side, down River on the CA side.

Stay alert. Expect every PWC you see to turn in front of you. If you expect it, you won't be surprised when they do.

Your right boatcop I did write that backwards.. LOL that's what drinkin and posting will get ya. :D
 

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We are going to Parker 7-11. I haven't been there for many years. We plan on launching near the buckskin safety center. Are there any dangers I need to be aware of? Rocks, sandbars, shallow water? Any tips on where to go and what to see? Taking the family, so hope to see the sights.

Anyone else going to be there? hope to meet some of you all.

Regards, SSC

Riverbound...:p:D:D

Have a great time....:)
 

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Also Shallow

Going south from the dam before glass alley on the right there is a beach (CA side)...It's gets shallow many yards out from that beach....Across from River Hogan....Heard of MANY props damaged there. Basically, that little area between the rock hill on the AZ side and the beach becomes a 2 way through
way....Kinda like the rock pile area......

Also just south of the rock pile where it's a two lane through way...south bound after and north bound before there is kinda a 90 degree turn...It gets shallow through that area......Especially, on the AZ side where there is a big
bush......Hmmm...kinda hard to describe.....

Also gets shallow around the upper sand bar across from Sundance.....

BoatCop....I thought Dave was right on with his shallow areas.....Maybe I'm wrong....You know the river better than I.....But I know where he was talking about.....
 
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