Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

Easter Weekend

March 24th, 2016

Looks like we’re going to be busy this weekend.  We have a family that is almost always here on Easter Weekend, and they are already arriving.  We have 2 of a predicted 6 RV’s in already with that group so far.  We have some of our regular snowbirds in here soaking up a last bit of paradise before heading home for the northern states and Canada.

It’s Spring break as well as Easter, so last weekend we had a group of young folks.  I’m impressed by the young people we get in here.  They are respectful of us, the campground and their fellow campers.  No loud partying, no loud music and no objectionable language. 

The water levels are still running high so navigating the river is wonderful, but finding a sandbar to “park” the boat on and hang out is not gonna happen easily.  The surface elevation of the river today was 222’ all day long (normal is 218’ to 219’ for a good elevation). 

Tomorrow the water level will be plenty high enough to launch a boat and play on the river all day long.  The river should start rising around 1 – 2 p.m. and won’t start dropping again until midnight or so.  The whole weekend should be fantastic for boating.

As for fishing, Bass are spawning and thus a bit slow in biting but they are still catching them over in the Oxbow Lake.  Of course, Blue Gill are always biting.  The Crappie are in spawning mode as well, but I understand they are biting as well.

The weather this weekend is going to be near perfect.  Saturday afternoon is predicted to be a bit windy, but tomorrow, Sat. morning and Sunday are supposed to be great.  Temps in the low to mid 80’s and a breeze of 5 – 15 mph except for Sat. afternoon when it will go to 10 – 20 mph with gusts up to 30.  March came in like a Lamb, looks like it may go out like a Lion.

The cactus out here in the campground are blooming and keeping the shutterbug in me happy.

Beavertail Cactus

Buckhorn Cholla

Just a short drive from the campground we find more desert and cactus flowers.

Ocotillo

Our sunrises haven’t been fantastic lately but the scenery is still beautiful in the early morning.  This is a shot of the early morning sun shining through the trees out along the river.

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We’re keeping plenty busy out here just maintaining the campground and keeping track of our guests.

So far I don’t see next week as being very busy, so maybe, just maybe, I will be able to get my blog done earlier so it’s a bit more useful to those who are thinking of coming here for the weekend.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Tah!

Weekend 3/11–3/13

March 10th, 2016

Hi ya’ll!

It looks like a very promising weekend for playing on the river.  The forecast for Friday through Sunday are high temp mid 80’s on Friday, high 70’s Saturday and Sunday.  Water levels should be 218.7’ to 221’ surface elevation.  Unless you are trying to launch a yacht it should be an easy launch.

Fishing just keeps picking up, although it may slow down soon.  The Bass are building nests and starting to protect them, which I understand means you have to whap them on the head with your lure to make them angry and bite Winking smile.  Beyond that, the Crappy in the Oxbow Lake are biting quite nicely and our group camping over there are having fish fries often.  To be honest I haven’t had any reports of how the fishing is on the river, but the back waters are doing good.

We seem to be getting quite a few more campers in here this winter than we’ve had the last two.  Word of our little paradise on the river is getting out.  From Dec. 1, 2015 through today we’ve only had 3 days with an empty campground.

What I’m saying is, if you plan on camping out here this weekend, be prepared to get creative in finding a place to park.  Right now the point is pretty much full, there’s room on the other side of the ramp and there’s room down in the larger area on the lake.  I do know one of the folks on the point will be leaving Saturday sometime, and there are a couple more who might leave, but we’re not sure. Other than that I don’t know what it will be like this weekend.

We haven’t heard from our Motorcycle Club so we don’t know if they plan on coming in or not.  If we do hear from them, I will post the very day I find out.  With 200+ people in their group, they pretty much fill up our campground.  Stay tuned…..

With people coming in and going out and driving through, we’ve stayed so busy I’ve not been able to get out and take photos other than right here in the campground and on the way to and from getting mail and going grocery shopping.  I do have some shots on my cameras I plan on downloading and checking to see if they are share-worthy.  If so, I’ll post them as soon as I’ve got time to throw in an extra blog post.

In the meantime…..
Stay healthy and happy!

Tah!

Another Week

March 3rd, 2016

I really wanted to get this written and posted by mid afternoon, but between midday Dr. appointments and much needed grocery shopping, it just didn’t happen until much later. 

For those of you who have my card, don’t hesitate to call me for info if you plan on coming to the river and want to make sure it’s launchable or fishable, or want to know if we are or will be full of campers.  Of course, it’s first come first serve, but often we get forewarning.

On to the river and fishing……

The river is still running relatively high, but it looks like starting today, they are beginning to work their way back down to normal releases.  From the looks of the projected releases from Parker the water level here for the weekend will be high enough for launching even the bigger boats. 

Tomorrow the river will start rising around 10 – 11 a.m. and not start dropping until 11 p.m.  Saturday the river will start rising around 7 – 8a.m. and not start dropping until 12 midnight.  Sunday also should be a good day.  Rise – 9-10a.m. and not drop until midnight.

As for fishing….. I got to sample some of the best fish from the Oxbow Lake yesterday evening.  We were invited to a fish fry by some of our super Canadian Guests.  I tasted my first ever Crappy, and it totally lived up to it’s reputation…. to die for!  Yummm!

Right now is a perfect time for being out here if you are Bass fishing.  They are in the pre-spawn mode and are biting live bait in the shallower water.

The fisher persons in the campground are telling me the Crappy out of the Oxbow Lake are a substantial size this year. 

Our little lagoon off the river is even producing some decent fishing right now.  Last weekend a guest caught several Bluegill and used a couple to fish for Flathead in the evening, resulting in catching a 7 lb. Flathead Catfish.

On the birding front, we’re just beginning to get some of the birds migrating from hither to yon and there are still those who are here year round.  I love the ducks and wading birds I see on the little pond in Cibola when I go get my mail.

Wood Duck in Cibola Pond

Killdeer

Uh oh.  I know I had more I wanted to share, but it’s after 10 p.m. and my brain has shut down, so I’ll have to save it for next time.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.