January 23, 2015 Fort Yuma Reservation, California

Fort Yuma Reservation Campsite
Fort Yuma Reservation Campsite

A New Home for a Few Days

Packed up and moved out of the LTVA at Imperial Dam around noon yesterday, dumped my tanks there and filled with water, then drove 15 miles southwest to the road along the All American Canal off Picacho Road on the Fort Yuma Reservation. Drove in 1/2 mile and managed to make a uturn, barely enough room for that, and set up overlooking the agricultural fields. Am a little nervous being out here by myself although there are 5 others camped out just past the road intersection only 1/4 mile away.

This area is patrolled by the Quechen Fish and Game folks and one of their polite officers knocked on my door and asked to see my permit not long after I shad set up camp. I explained that I saw no signs and was unaware a permit was needed. He was very helpful and friendly and explained that he could write me a permit and that I could either pay $10/night or $80 for SEVEN months ( that’s pretty reasonable ). Since I am only going to be here a few days, I wrote him a check for $30 and he issued me a permit to cover 5 days here, kind of nice on his part.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Sunset at Fort Yuma Reservation Campsite
Long shadows of unset at my Fort Yuma Reservation Campsite

As you can see from the image above, this site is just barely off the road paralleling the All-American Canal and overlooks agricultural fields with Yuma in the distance. It turns out to be a pretty quiet spot with very few vehicles using the road and the only noise at night was a barking dog down at one of the few houses scattered throughout the agricultural field below the site. Although I did feel a little vulnerable here, quite exposed with no one terribly close by, I had no problems here at all and I did leave the site unattended for a couple of trips into Yuma. It is much more convenient to Yuma itself than the Imperial Dam LTVA, being only 5 miles to I-8.

Canvasback takeoff
Canvasback takeoff

And the ducks I had discovered here previously were now just outside the door.

Canvasbacks
Canvasbacks
Ring-necked duck
Ring-necked duck

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2 thoughts on “January 23, 2015 Fort Yuma Reservation, California”

  1. What a great blog you have!!! I am a fine artist and was wondering if for a fee you would be willing to let me use your photo’s of the canvasback ducks for references for a painting I am working on for Wildlife Habitat Canada’s art competition?

    1. You have my permission to use the image and that would be without paying a fee. I would like very much to see a finished version of the painting via email if you would.

      Bob

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