Mittry Lake

(nr Yuma AZ)
Mitty Lake Wildlife Area, north of Yuma along the Colorado River, is jointly managed by the BLM and Arizona Game and Fish. It is a wetlands region with a boat ramp, vault toilet, dumpsters, and a few jetties for fishing.

Palms next to lake

Mittry Lake

Tall bulrushes lined the gravel road that wound along the marsh with a few free campsites along the way; and a ridge overlooking the lake with room for several RVs. Most spots did not appeal to me. At the far south end, I finally found one that I liked. It was a bit more off the road, and next to a small dam with a pond.

Motorhome, palm, dam

Tardis at Mittry Lake camp

Pond, palms bulrushes

View from campsite

The camp was just big enough for Tardis to fit, and had a nice view from all sides. It turned out to be the entry for Betty’s Kitchen trailhead and day use fee area. A few cars drove in and then right back out again. Otherwise, just some fishermen were about, and no other RVs or ATVs, making a quiet camp for a couple of days.

Dam, pond, birds

Coots next to the dam

Evening moon, trees

Moonrise from camp

There was a little spit of land behind the rig, jutting out into the water, with a stone fire ring. It was an ideal spot to relax, watch the coots diving for dinner, and to see the moon rise in the evening.

Camp: Mittry Lake WA – BLM boondock
Scene: Lake, marsh, palms

4 Responses to Mittry Lake

  1. gumo February 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    I’ll bet the sound of water flowing over the small dam made for good sleeping and thinking time for you. I can almost imagine it myself. Have fun!

    • Pleinguy February 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      It sure did. Also, provided ‘white noise’ to cloak unwanted intrusions. A very pleasant spot for a camp.

  2. Martha February 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    It’s the kind of place I’d like to kick back and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

    • Pleinguy February 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

      A little further off the road would make it ideal. Evening, after everyone was settled in for the night, was the quiet time. It would work for a tent camp too; you should consider it.

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