Amenities & Services

Boasting some of the best amenities of any Long Term Visitor Area, the Imperial Dam LTVA stands out as a boondocker’s paradise. With 5 dump stations, 7 potable water stations and 7 Dumpsters, everything you need for a 7 month or 14 day stay is available right here. Then there is that hidden jewel of Imperial, the 18 showers offering a seven minute hot shower costing just 25 cents. And like everything here, the showers are spotless.

At The BLM Service Area


Dump Stations

Spotless dump stations complete with water hoses for cleaning up are almost always available with no waiting. It stays clean in large part due to the many volunteers’ watchful eyes.


  • Water
  • Easy Access
  • Friendly Volunteers

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Potable Water

Marked as potable water by the officials at the Imperial Dam LTVA, 6 water stations are available for you to fill up your RV. Whether you filter and/or trust public water (we do here), you will find an abundant source of water for your RV.


  • Government Certified
  • Unlimited For RVs
  • No Charge

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The Dumpsters

Numerous dumpsters are available for trash disposal. Please note that no items may be removed from any of the dumpsters once placed in them. This, we’re told, is to prevent any problems or injuries that could occur.


  • 7 Large Dumpsters
  • Emptied Weekly or as Needed
  • Scavenging not allowed

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Additional Services at the BLM Service Area

Registration & Hosts

There is an official trailer for registration and information run by the Camp Hosts normally open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 7 days per week. Please see Getting There  for directions.

  • Camp Hosts
  • Registration
  • Information



There are two adjacent buildings with spotless bathrooms for registered guests which include sinks and flush toilets. There is also a vault toilet available at the “Gravel Pit” Please see Getting There for directions.

  • Most W/Flush Toilets
  • Some With Showers
  • Spotless

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There is a volunteer Library (The Liberry) near the BLM Services Area located in a small trailer. Please visit the Imperial Dam LTVA Liberry Page for current information. In addition to books, other items such as tools are sometimes available. Please see Getting There for directions.

  • Books
  • Tools
  • Information

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Pirate WiFi

While not authorized by the BLM, there is a Pirate WiFi service available to a limited part of the LTVA. Run by a private individual, the service has been running for a few years and seems to be liked by its users. Note that the service is based on the older 3G and not the much faster 4G services. While not generally acceptable by most users for broadband applications such as downloading movies, it is adequate for applications such as email, as long as large pictures and movies are not attached. Please see Getting There for directions.

Hot Showers At The Squaw Lake Campground

There are 12 hot showers available in 3 buildings at the “Squaw Lake” campground. Showers run on tokens and each token costs $1.00 and last about 7 minutes. A real bargain if you have been to a National Park lately. The water is almost always hot, and the showers clean. For boondockers, there is the added advantage of not having to truck in the required water for showers to your RV. And for those of you who don’t have solar hot water panels, when you deduct those propane costs and the burden of running out to get propane, these great showers look even better.

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Christian Service Center


Beyond Church Services, the Christian Service Center offers a wide array of services for its Imperial Dam LTVA neighbors. Located on private property within the Imperial Dam LTVA, it has been providing needed services to its neighbors since 1972.

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  1. rick sutherland

    I’m seriously planning on this LTVA in a couple of years when I retire and would like any info that is not available on this site. I’m especially concerned about cell service and whether or not a cell signal booster will work in this area. I am also a contractor and might be interested in hosting.

    As I am a writer, I plan to spend much of my time corresponding with publishers.

    As I have also been an avid camper for most of my life, this area has water, I have a kayak and might like this area very much.

    Any chat lines available?

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