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Desert River Outfitters, 1034 U.S. 95, Bullhead City (tel. 888/529-2533; www.desertriveroutfitters.com), will rent you a boat and shuttle you and your gear to and from put-ins and take-outs. The least expensive trip is down the Colorado River past the casinos in Laughlin ($35 for adults, $15 for children 6 to 15).

For information on fishing in nearby Lake Mohave, see the section on Lake Mead National Recreation Area, earlier in this chapter. If you'd rather just feed the fish, look for the carp that hang out at the dock behind the Edgewater Hotel & Casino. There are machines dispensing carp chow so that you can feed these piscine vacuums.

In Laughlin, golfers can play a round at the Mojave Resort Golf Club, 9905 Aha Macav Pkwy. (tel. 702/535-4653; www.mojaveresortgolfclub.com), adjacent to the Avi Resort & Casino. Carved out of dense thickets of desert vegetation, this course has wide, user-friendly fairways and charges greens fees of $89 to $109 during the cooler months (lower rates for guests of Avi Resort & Casino). In Bullhead City, try the Desert Lakes Golf Course, 5835 Desert Lakes Dr., Fort Mohave (tel. 928/768-1000; www.desertlakesgc.com), 15 miles south of town off Ariz. 95. Greens fee is around $39 in the cooler months. Rates after 1 or 2pm are usually lower at these courses.

Bird-watching is excellent in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (tel. 760/326-3853; www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/Arizona/havasu), a wintering area for many species of waterfowl. However, much of this refuge lies within the scenic Topock Gorge and is accessible only by boat. The most accessible birding areas are along the marshes in the vicinity of the communities of Golden Shores and Topock, which are both north of the I-40 bridge over the Colorado. Topock Gorge, one of the most scenic stretches of the lower Colorado River, is a 15-mile stretch of river bordered by multicolored cliffs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.