Lake Havasu is a large reservoir formed by Parker Dam on the Colorado River in 1938. At the time of completion, this dam was erected in an uninhabited region of the Mojave Desert on the border between San Bernardino County, California, and La Paz County, Arizona. Today, the lake covers 35 miles of the river along the Arizona/California border, and for much of its length is rather inaccessible; however, it offers views of the rugged mountains that surround the lake. Lake Havasu was named after the Mojave word for “blue” and today is a popular destination for its clean water and scenic surroundings.
Lake Havasu City offers all the necessary facilities for a vacation at any time of year. The main recreation activities around the lake include enjoying the sandy beaches, fishing, and boating. Not only that, but there are also some good hiking trails for people of every skill level.
Who needs an ocean with those pesky riptides and predatory water creatures when you’ve got 400 miles of stunning coastline right here? Some of Lake Havasu’s most treasured beachfronts can be found at Lake Havasu State Park, London Bridge Beach, and Rotary Community Park. Depending on where you end up, Enjoy the white sandy beaches, covered ramadas with picnic tables, playgrounds, volleyball courts, and so much more.
Fishing/Boating at Lake Havasu
Free fishing docks are plentiful all around the Lake Havasu area and all are open 24 hours a day. A downloadable map can be found at golakehavasu.com. Lake Havasu has multiple marinas and launch ramps available for your convenience. To launch for free, head to Site Six, the Havasu City municipal launch ramp. With a plethora of options to choose from whether you require a motorized or non-motorized launch ramp or marina, just be sure to check in with the marina or launch ramp you with use prior to launching to ensure you’ve met all boating requirements for Lake Havasu.
From town, take a leisurely stroll on the Shoreline Trail, a 2-mile walk around Lake Havasu that truly maximizes the desert sunset. Other favorite walks within the city include the Island Trail (3.6 miles) and the Mohave Sunset Trail (4 miles). With a short 15-20 minute drive outside of Lake Havasu City, you can enjoy some easy to moderate hikes like the Pittsburg Mines Trail (4 miles), the Arch Rock Loop Trail (4.5 miles), and the Crack in the Mountain Trail (5 miles).