Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is all about fun. You come here for the water; you come here for the activities. From lake sports and beach time to golf, shopping, and dining, this is an awesome playground. Over four hundred miles of shoreline and reliably sunny skies make Lake Havasu the perfect Arizona getaway.

History & Nature

Lake Havasu was created with your enjoyment in mind. Disneyland designer and developer, C.V. Wood, along with Robert P. McCulloch, joined forces to found this thriving community. In 1938, the Parker Dam was completed which held back the Colorado River to form the lake, creating over 400 miles of shoreline. McCulloch saw an opportunity to build a city, and Lake Havasu City was later established on the lake’s shore in 1963.

Eight years later the lake had a new feature. One of the most interesting – and surprising – attractions in Lake Havasu is the London Bridge. Originally built in 1831, the City of London sold the bridge to Lake Havasu City, and the reassembly was completed in 1971. The arched bridge has spanned Lake Havasu, adding to the city’s tourist appeal ever since.

Another surprise you’ll find are lighthouses. Lake Havasu City has more lighthouses than any other city in the entire nation, and all are functioning. See more than 24 of the one-third replicas of East Coast, West Coast, and Great Lakes lighthouses from the shores. Hike to some or embrace the navigational spirit and view boat side.

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Things to Do

Bring your water toys. Lake Havasu is the “Personal Watercraft Capital of the World.” With sunny skies you can count on, Lake Havasu is the ideal spot for wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating and just splashing around. If you didn’t bring your speedboat, no worries, there are plenty of watercraft rentals available (including houseboats).

Yes, the lake is a spectacular place to play, but don’t get so dazzled by it that you lose sight of land adventures. In addition to hiking and mountain biking, you can go off-roading in a jeep or ATV, or hit the golf course. If you want to see it all, there are tours by land and water, or soar above in a hot air balloon. You have a variety of exploration options at Lake Havasu! 

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

With almost as many lodging options as activities at Lake Havasu City, you won’t have trouble finding a place to stay. There are full-service resorts, waterfront hotels, shoreline campsites, and RV campgrounds. Stay any way you like.

Hours & Pricing

Lake Havasu City Visitor Center: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

For information about Lake Havasu State Park, click here.

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