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Colorado River Nature Center
 
Colorado River Nature Center is a great place to recreate for those looking to enjoy the long, hot summers, and abundant sunshine on the water. Boating, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing opportunities abound. The lush wetland vegetation provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, resident and migratory birds.
 
Recreational Opportunities - Day Use Only
Colorado River Nature Center- Fishing
- Bird-watching
- Photography
- Hiking
- Boating
- Horseback riding
- Swimming

CAUTION: Seasonal temperatures range from highs of 127F in the summer and 70F in the winter to lows of 80F in summer and 18F in winter.

Restrictions:
a. No open fires.
b. No firewood cutting or gathering.
c. No overnight public camping.
d. Motorized vehicle travel permitted on designated roads, on designated trails, or in designated areas only.
e. Closed to hunting.
 
Location
The Colorado River Nature Center is located at the southwest end of Bullhead City, Arizona, next to the Colorado River. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission owns 140 acres of Section 10 property located west of State Route 95. The nature center is bordered on the east side by Bureau of Land Management lands and on the west side by the Colorado River. Section 8 serves as the northern boundary, with the southern boundary consisting of additional public land.

The property is within the BLM, Yuma District, Lake Havasu Resource Area. The nature center is located in Game Management Unit 15D.

Directions: Take Route 95 south out of Bullhead City about seven miles, then turn west on Richardo Avenue.

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Wildlife
Colorado River Nature Center
Fish: Carp, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and striped bass.

Reptiles and amphibians: Red-spotted toad, Woodhouse's toad, zebra-tailed lizard, tiger whiptail, western banded gecko, desert iguana, common side-bloched lizard, glossy snake, western diamond-backed rattlesnake, sidewinder rattlesnake, night snake, common kingsnake, coachwhip, and gophersnake.

Mammals: Desert pocket mouse, house mouse, southern grasshopper mouse, cactus mouse, deer mouse, Merriam's kangaroo rat, desert woodrat, raccoon, striped skunk, beaver, coyote, desert cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, and several bat species.

Special Status Species - Species Abstracts | Status Codes
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Birds
American peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus anatum SC, S, WSC
Bald eagle Haliaeetus lelucocephalus LT, S, WSC
Yuma clapper rail Rallus longirostris yumanensis LE, WSC
Fish
Bonytail chub Gila elegans LE, WSC
Razorback sucker Xyrauchen texanus LE, S, WSC
Reptiles
Sonoran desert tortoise Gopherus agassizii SC, WSC
 
Area Description
The Colorado River Nature Center Wildlife Area lies within the broad Mohave Valley, at an elevation of about 470 feet. The area is characterized by minimal precipitation (four inches, typically occurring during two peak rainy seasons), short mild winters, long hot summers, abundant sunshine, and moderate winds.

Plant Life
The vegetative community within the backwater area is a mix of saltcedar and screwbean mesquite. Revegetation efforts have begun with the planting of cottonwoods (Populus fremontii), willows (Salix spp.), mesquites (Prosopis spp.), palo verde (Parkinsonia spp.), and aquatic grass. Bulrush (Scirpus spp.), cattails (Typha spp.), and other aquatic plants have invaded the wetland.

Desert riparian habitat consists of:
- Saltcedar (Tamarix sp.)
- Saltbush (Atriplex spp.)
- Arrowweed (Pluchea sericea)
- Screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens)
- Honey mesquite (Prosopis juliflora)
- Bur sage (Ambrosia dumosa)
 
Management Objectives and Goals
The primary management emphasis for the wildlife area is to provide for riparian/wetland protection and compatible wildlife-oriented recreation. Habitat is provided for diverse wildlife species. The goal is to provide for management of wildlife and public recreation through restoring the historic backwater that occurred in this area. The backwater was lost when the Colorado River was channelized.
 
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