Lake Havasu State Park – Campground Review
Lake Havasu State Park was GORGEOUS! We stayed a week there and decided we could have definitely stayed longer. The park only allows you to stay a maximum of 14 days then you have to be gone a minimum of 30 days and I can see why. If they allowed people to stay longer they would never leave. The park is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. It has both day use facilities and camping facilities. Plus the day use area has at least 4 boat launches and there are many areas on the Lake for camping that can only be accessed by boat for boondocking type camping.
The park has numerous facilities and they are all immaculate. A visitor center manned with park rangers, power boat rentals (and numerous other types of watercraft rentals) from Wet Monkey Power Sports Boat Rentals, 3 year-round restrooms, campground/rv sites, overflow camping (dry camping, no hookups at all), a dump station for registered campers, year-round showers, picnic areas with picnic shelters.
Shoreline and State Park
The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City.
The park offers three boat ramps, 47 campsites, a special events area (not available on holiday weekends), picnic area, and beach area. The Mohave Sunset Trail (1.75 miles) winds its way through the lowland desert and along the shoreline.
The Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden showcases the diverse life that exists within the park and this area of the desert. Birds, lizards, and desert cottontails are common sights.
This was a great park for riding our e-bikes, plenty of places to go around the camp and on the beach. Our e-bikes have wide tires that are made specifically for riding on the beach so we took full advantage of that. There are also a lot of areas around the park and around the city for taking day hikes in the desert. Anywhere around the lake or the Colorado River are beautiful areas to hike.
The London Bridge was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. The Arizona bridge is a reinforced concrete structure clad in the original masonry of the 1830s bridge, which was purchased by Robert P. McCulloch from the City of London. McCulloch had exterior granite blocks from the original bridge numbered and transported to America to construct the present bridge in Lake Havasu City, a planned community he established in 1964 on the shore of Lake Havasu. The bridge was completed in 1971 (along with a canal), and links an island in the Colorado River with the main part of Lake Havasu City.
Early Park and the influence of the London Bridge
Between 1969 and 1971, the reconstruction of the London Bridge and the digging of the London Bridge Channel greatly changed the nature of the concession lands, and Pittsburg Point became an island. The London Bridge was acquired by MPI, taken apart in numbered pieces, and shipped to Lake Havasu City. With this historic attraction now in Lake Havasu City, the number of visitors to the area and the Park began to increase dramatically. Another factor that helped greatly with the increase in recreational visitors was the completion of Highway 95 between Parker and Lake Havasu City. Within the Park, two units were formed; Cattail Cove was already developed and open to visitors, and Windsor Beach was being planned for camping and day use developments.
During the 1970’s, major recreation improvements were made at Windsor Beach, a concession operation was added at Cattail Cove and improvements were made to the more than 250 boat-in campsites along the shoreline. The improvements to the boat camps included shade ramadas, picnic tables, and fire grills for the individual sites. New restroom facilities were provided in close proximity of the boat camps. A headquarters building was constructed at the location of the original office on Pittsburg Point. The State Lake Improvement Fund (SLIF) and the Land and Water Conservation matched by State Funds provided the monies for improvements in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Site Six, the old McCulloch outboard motor test facility, was purchased in 1979 and renovated to create a First Aid and Safety Center for Lake Havasu. Campground and boat ramp improvements were made at both Cattail Cove and Windsor Beach.
Lake Havasu State Park provides water-oriented recreation opportunities for its visitors. The climate is ideal for year-round use. The mild winters bring large numbers of people from cooler parts of the country, while the hot summers draw a younger, boating-oriented crowd mainly from southern California and Arizona. (source: https://azstateparks.com/lake-havasu/explore/park-history)
We’re definitely coming back, and stays in Jan and Feb for 2019 are already very very booked, we can’t find a spot on the beach, but all campsites are close to the beach and spaced out very nicely. It’s definitely the best state park we’ve ever stayed at and highly recommended.
Stay safe and keep making those memories.
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