Geographically isolated from the other cities in Mohave County, Lake Havasu City has become an oasis in the desert that enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
Established in 1963 on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona, the city is now home to over 50,000 people and attracts over 775,000 visitors annually.
Lake Havasu, from which the city takes the name, was formed by the construction of the Parker Dam from 1934 to 1938.
Joined by university students, boaters, retirees and a range of other visitors throughout the year, the city is an active event destination.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Lake Havasu City:
1. London Bridge
Originally founded over the river Thames in London, England, it was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona.
Shipped overseas in small blocks and trucked from Long Beach to its current location, London Bridge has become a favourite among Arizona attractions.
This 280 meters long bridge is ideally located near downtown of the city and other exciting local attractions.
While visiting this magnificent structure, visitors can witness the scars from World War II that mark the bridge’s surface, and enjoy the view over the Lake Havasu with all the kinds of boats anchored in the shadow of this icon.
2. Rotary Community Park
Centrally located and accessible either by land or boat, Rotary Community Park is a nice gateway to wind down and relax.
As the largest public beach and park in Lake Havasu area, Rotary Community Park provides a great variety of recreational amenities to enjoy, from volleyball courts and a skate park to picnic areas and barbecues.
The Rotary Community Park also has a two mile long path that loops around the entire park making it perfect for either jogging or walking.
3. Fishing in Lake Havasu
Formed by the construction of the Parker Dam on the Colorado River between 1934 and 1938, Lake Havasu is well known for its recreational fishing and boating.
With ideal fishing conditions almost all year-round, the lake is considered possibly one of the best fishing lakes in the Southwest. It also hosts over thirty fishing tournaments and activities a year where bass are the main catch.
The fish species found in Lake Havasu are many, but due to restoration efforts three of this species have become protected.
4. Lake Havasu History Museum
Until the construction of the Parker dam in the 1930s, what is now Lake Havasu was a remote area of the Colorado River, home of the formidable Mohave Indians.
With the construction of the dam and through the passing of time, the area went from being the base of mining and fishing camps to host the current Lake Havasu City.
All the information of the development of the area can be found in the Lake Havasu History Museum, created so that the present and future generations can learn from the past and recognise the need to preserve historical heritage.
5. Bridgewater Channel
Located beneath the London Bridge, this narrow ribbon of navigable water is bordered by a waterfront full of shops and restaurants perfect to enjoy of the non-stop boat parade every day.
Favourite hot-spot to beach during the hot weather, “The Channel” is a perfect place to socialise with your fellow boaters, get a summer tan or get a well deserved rest.
6. Lake Havasu State Park
Located near the famous London Bridge, the State Park is a perfect place to enjoy of beautiful beaches, nature trails and convenient campsites.
This special spot is a stunning retreat with an abundance of activities to do. The park offers three boat ramps, picnic and beach areas and plenty of campsites.
Birds, lizards and desert cottontails make this beach oasis a wonderful spot to enjoy the diversity of this area of the desert.
7. Boating in Lake Havasu
Family boaters, sport boaters, sightseeing boaters or house-boaters, all of them are welcome on Lake Havasu’s sandy shores.
Centrally located along sixty continuous miles of lake and river waterways, Lake Havasu enjoys almost guaranteed sunshine throughout the year, converting it into a perfect paradise for boat lovers.
Although spring break is its peek season, this giant lake is perfect spot to watch a beautiful sunset at any time of the year.
Boating on Lake Havasu is highlighted by a number of attractions. Hidden coves and beaches, canyons, cliffs and wildlife that make the lake one of the most popular Arizona boating lakes.
Light houses in the desert? Lake Havasu City is home to more lighthouses that any other city in the entire country. Actually, you can find as many or as little as you would like.
In 2000, a group of concerned residents thought something needed to be done to improve night-time navigation for boating in Lake Havasu.
The solution, twenty six miniature replicas of famous lighthouses were constructed on the shores of the lake, and they have become a tourist attraction on their own.
Each lighthouse’s beacon pattern is the same as the original one. Lighthouses on the west coast use a green beacon, and lighthouses in the east coast use a red one.
9. Aquatic Center
Located in the C.V. Wood Community Center, the Aquatic Center is the perfect change of pace from the lake.
Equipped with an indoor water slide, a wave pool, a children’s pool and an outdoor area, this water park is a perfect spot for all year round fun and adventure.
Special events like dive-in movies, costume parties and aquatic fitness classes make it a perfect place to hang out with the family.
Surrounded by rock formations and the waters of Lake Havasu and the Colorado River, golfers of any skill level can tee off in one of the many top golf courses in Arizona.
With over a dozen golf courses located within 90 minutes from Lake Havasu, golf lovers will be able to sharpen their skills under a brilliant blue sky all year round.
All of them are public so golf lovers can enjoy these high value courses and its exceptional scenery without worrying about the high-prices.
11. Lake Havasu’s Hiking Trails
As a popular destination for hiking in Arizona, trekkers can find that Lake Havasu is one of the best-kept secrets for hiking in Arizona.
With numerous stunning hikes within a short distance of the city centre, its wide range of terrain, natural diversity and scenic beauty make of Lake Havasus’s vast trail network a perfect choice for trekkers of all types.
Hiking in Lake Havasu is a year round activity that the whole family can enjoy. Along the way, trekkers can explore unique features such as mysterious rock formations and abandoned mining areas.
12. Bird Watching in Lake Havasu
With more than 350 species identified, some of them threatened or endangered, Lake Havasu is rich in wonderful bird watching opportunities.
By kayak or land, grebes, ducks, loons, raptors and coots can be seen in and around the area of Lake Havasu City.
Over 113 years, the oldest birdwatching event in North America occurs at Lake Havasu City.
The Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts annually gathers birdwatchers of all levels that take part in this project, that contributes significantly to bird conservation.
When Rober McCulloch originally designed Lake Havasu City, he purposely left the streets with no streetlights to let the night skies light up.
With more than 300 sunny days and clear nights a year, billions of stars are visible to enjoy viewing every night.
Venturing just a few miles into the desert, stargazers will get an amazing view of the Milky Way and, if lucky, they will have the opportunity to see a display of shooting stars during the meteor shower.
Wether you are camping, walking or just stepping outside the front door, you can never get tired of stargazing in Lake Havasu.
14. Cycling in and around Lake Havasu City
Mountainous terrains, long stretches of open road, and numerous trails make the Lake Havasu area a perfect place for all types of cycling.
Cycling in Lake Havasu can provide a memorable experience for all levels, from beginners to enthusiasts.
From the casual streets riders to the mountain bikers, all of them have an opportunity in Lake Havasu to get out and enjoy a ride in the sun.
With breathtaking scenery of the lake, mountains and the city, cycling in and around Lake Havasu’s area is recommended to all bicycle lovers.
Home to more than 20 different networks of off-road trails, the areas around Lake Havasu provide off-roading enthusiast a lot to choose from.
Wether you are a beginner or a hardcore expert, or wether you prefer sand dunes, canyons or open desert, Lake Havasu is the perfect spot to enjoy a roaring off-roading weekend gateway.
The dunes and trails around Lake Havasu City will bring you near points of interest such as abandoned mining towns or national monuments.