Black Canyon Restrictions

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Black Canyon is a narrow, river-like waterway that extends from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. In order to provide a wilderness experience in this part of the park, there are rules restricting certain watercraft at various times of the year


 
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Black Canyon Water Trail is now an Official National Water Trail.

“This recognition places the Black Canyon Water Trail in a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails and commends the efforts of the local community and partners in promoting active involvement in the conservation of our water resources” - Sally Jewel - Secretary of Interior

Year-Round (Sunday and Monday)

The water from Willow Beach to Hoover Dam (Black Canyon) will be managed as a primitive zone where people can experience a variety of motor-less recreational opportunities in a natural setting. Personal watercrafts (PWCs) and vessels with motors are prohibited on Sunday and Monday year round.
 
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Between Labor Day and Friday of Memorial Day (Tuesday through Saturday)

The water from Willow Beach to Hoover Dam (Black Canyon) will be managed as a semi-primitive zone. PWCs remain prohibited. Boating is restricted to vessels with 65-horsepower engines or less.
 
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Between the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekendto Labor Day (Tuesday - Saturday)

The water from Willow Beach to Hoover Dam (Black Canyon) will be managed as a rural-natural zone. During the busy boating season there are no horsepower restrictions and PWCs are allowed.
 
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Year-Round

Houseboating, water-skiing, and wakeboarding remain prohibited for safety reasons because of the narrow river environment.
 
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