At The BLM Service Area
Most people coming to the “amenities center” will be dumping, filling with water and dumping their trash. Here are a few tips that will get you through as fast and efficiently as possible.
- To dump first, when you see the potable water stations, pull in between them and the Dumpsters.
- Turn right until you reach the dump stations and pull into one. Now the dump station is on the left side of your RV.
- Dump your RV and clean up.
- Pull out to the street and take a right
- Continue past the Dumpsters to the Potable water station, turn right and pull in.
- Fill up your water tank[s]
- Pull ahead making a wide right turn to the dumpsters
- Empty your trash
- Pull out to the street and take a right or a left depending on where your campsite is located. See BLM map (image file). Or use our new, interactive maps to locate your neighborhood.
One thing we should mention, expect a friendly hello from passers by and volunteers. The conversations and laughter can take significantly longer than your chores. 🙂
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- From Senator Wash Road
Pass Kripple Creek on the right and the entrance to Gravel Pit Road on the left. Continue past Skunk Hollow on the right then turn left at Hurricane Ridge on to Mesa Road. The water stations, dumpsters and dump stations are on the left. A little beyond them, the Registration Office is on the left. Another 50 feet or so, the Camp Host’s RV is on the left. Continuing on Mesa Road past the Camp Hosts, the two sets of restrooms are on the left.
- From The Gravel Pit
From Senator Wash Road, take a left at Kripple Creek on to Gravel Pit Road. Pass the Gravel Pit Pavilion on the right, continue to the 5 Corners intersection and make a right on to Mesa Road. The two sets of restrooms are on the right. Continuing past the bathrooms, the Camp Host’s RV is on the right. Past the Camp Hosts is the Registration Office on the right. Beyond that you will find the dump stations, dumpsters and water stations on the right.