Is there white water? Will I tip over?
Most days, the river is moving flat water, with no rapids.
Depending on wind, weather, and flow rates, there can be choppy water, rolling waves, and even large swells along the way.
Our kayaks are stable, and most people make it through the day without any “out-of-boat experiences”.
This doesn’t mean that you should take this river lightly.
The Colorado is a big cold river, and there can be strong currents, eddies, hidden obstacles, and other unforeseen circumstances that may pose a threat.
Our guides are prepared for this and will steer you in the right direction for a safe and memorable experience
Will I get wet?
Yes. This is a river trip!
You will definitely get wet at least up to your knees.
Anything above that is considered a bonus. The river is 54F/10.5C degrees year round.
It is quite refreshing during the heat of summer, but unless you want to become part of the polar bear club, too cold for winter swimming.
Bathing suits are recommended for the hot springs. We will give you a dry bag to keep your belongings safe and dry.
What kind of experience do your guides have?
Our guides have been paddling personally and professionally for years.
They possess a vast knowledge of the history of the area, wildlife, plants, weather patterns, and river currents.
Before they can become lead guides, they must undergo a series of intense training programs which include rescue techniques, wind and weather patterns, Basic River kayaking certifications, physical skills tests, and written tests.
CPR and Wilderness First Aid training is standard, and we carry communication devices for emergencies.
What should I bring/wear?
Shorts and a T-shirt, along with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Wear a bathing suit under layers of clothing.
Some people prefer long sleeves to protect from sun exposure.
Be sure to wear river sandals or old tennis shoes that can get wet.
Flip flops otherwise known as Zōri, Thongs, Jandals, Go-Aheads, Slappies, Slides, Step-Ins, Slippers are not suitable for the area; the algae and moss is very slippery and flip flops don’t give enough support.
You should definitely bring a camera or buy a waterproof disposable.
Bathing suit under layered clothing (no cotton). Cotton tends to retain water, so fleece or synthetic material is best for cold weather.
Nylon, polyester, capilene, and polypropylene work wonders.
A light fleece jacket keeps you warm after soaking, and a pair of wool socks will warm your feet even when wet.
A ski-type beanie or hat that covers your ears is oh-so-nice and a light pair of gloves will keep your digits warm and toasty.
Bring sunglasses and sunscreen. Water shoes or Teva type sandals will be fine.
Don’t forget the camera!
What if I am a beginner?
You may start as a beginner, but you will end the trip as a confident kayaker.
Our guides are professionals and we introduce newcomers to the sport every day.
A high percentage of our trips consist of first-time paddlers or those who have tried it once or twice.
Because of this, we’ve chosen lightweight, fast kayaks equipped with rudders for easy steering.
All trips will receive safety rules as well as basic paddling instructions. What better way to check out kayaking!
Is there a minimum age requirement?
For guided trips, the youngest we taken out is 4 years old and paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult, and the oldest was 84, so far.
Your guide may rearrange people throughout the day to balance the ability of the group.
If you feel you can paddle for two, well we won’t stop you.
Just remember, the trip is almost 12 miles.
Do I need a reservation?
Yes! Space is limited, so you should make your reservations as soon as possible.
This trip is so scenic and popular that the National Park limits the number of people who can launch per day to 45 boats.
They control this by issuing launch permits, which can sell out up to six months in advance. Holidays and weekends book up quickly, so be sure to call ahead.
As soon as you pick a date, we can reserve your permits for you.
Where do we meet and what time will I get back?
For the Hoover Dam kayak tours we will pick you up at your hotel between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.
If you are meeting us at the Hacienda, please meet us 30 minutes before the launch time.
For the Kayak Hoover Dam Tour and all other Kayak Las Vegas tours, conformation for your pick up will be given on booking your tour.
We will be off the river for the kayak Hoover dam tour by between 2:00 and 3:00pm.
Depending on traffic at the Hoover Dam, we should arrive back to your hotel by 4:00-5:00 p.m.
What is the best time of year to go?
Anytime! Our guides favor the fall and winter with calm, glassy waters, no motor boats, and fewer crowds.
Daytime winter temperatures hover in the low 60’s, making the hot springs inviting as steam rises above their surface.
Springtime brings colorful wildflowers, newborn wildlife, and warmer temperatures.
Winds can sometimes be brutal during March and April.
Summer is just plain hot, but is still our busiest time of year.
You are almost guaranteed to see bighorn sheep drinking from the river and a good swim in the cold water is invigorating to say the least.
We run trips year round; there is a season for everyone!
What if I have to cancel?
WAKE SPORT FAQ
Will I get wet?
That is up to you. Join us to participate or as an observer.
What do I do with my jewelry?
It is best not to wear jewelry if you don’t want to lose it in Lake Mead.
Will I see the Hoover Dam?
Anything is possible; communicate with the boat pilot when you arrive to express your desire to see the Hoover Dam.
Does this tour include a tour of the Hoover Dam?
No, please contact the Hoover Dam Visitors Center for details regarding the tour of the Hoover Dam.
Will I see wildlife on this tour?
Wildlife is all around us within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For up close viewing of the National Parks wildlife, try one of Evolution Expeditions kayaking tours in the Black Canyon.
What if I don’t know how to swim?
PDF’s or Personal Floatation Device must be worn when participating. If you find yourself in the waters of the Colorado River you would be floating.
Can I wear my studded Las Vegas Evils pants I brought to celebrate in on Fremont Street?
No, please no clothing with studs, zippers, rivets, or anything abrasive that would damage the boat finishes.
What do I wear on my feet?
Please wear water shoes that are easy to put on and take off, gentle enough on the boats’ finishes, yet provide protection from the hot surfaces.
Can I bring food on to the shuttle and boat?
Bottled water and colorless sports drinks are available upon request. Please take care of any dietary needs before boarding the shuttle and or boat. This provides the next guest with the same clean seating surfaces.
WATER PARK FAQ
Is there an additional fee for tube rentals?
Tubes and lifejackets are always free (Subject to availability).
Can I bring food into the park?
Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the parks.
What if I forget sunscreen?
The water park stores have you covered with summer needs such as sunscreen.
Is smoking allowed in the parks?
Both parks are smoke-free facilities. Smoking areas are provided outside the water park areas.