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Lake Havasu - Colorado River, Arizona & California Border
Pictures & visitor info from a trip to Lake Havasu, a popular boating & PWC destination on the AZ/CA border.

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Orange Speed Boat
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Bud Light Party Pontoon
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Loaded Down Pontoon

Lake Havasu is one of the most popular destinations in the Southwestern USA for boaters and personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiasts.

The starting point for most boaters from California, Arizona and Nevada is Lake Havasu City. This small town only has about 56,000 permanent residents.

It gets packed with thousands of tourists during Spring Break and any three day holiday weekend such as those for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July.

Lake Havasu is part of the Colorado River that extends from the tip of Lake Havasu City in Arizona to 45 miles south at the Parker Dam.

Lake Havasu has about four hundred and fifty miles of shoreline made up of desert sand, scenic rock cliffs and sparse vegetation.

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Scenic Lake Havasu
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Colorful Pontoon Boat
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Going To Copper Canyon
Lake Havasu is an excellent place to practice water sports or a variety of other activities. Some of the most common recreational pursuits are swimming, fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, riding jet skis or other PWCs (personal watercraft), speed boating, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, rock climbing, cliff jumping, canoeing, biking, hiking the Chemehuevi Mountains, birdwatching, camping, and just lounging on the sandy lake side beaches.
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Red Speedboat
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Pontoon & Huge Speakers
When you need a day off from being out on Lake Havasu, there's plenty to do and see in Lake Havasu City. A few options are the four golf courses, miniature golf, the famous London Bridge, a modern movie theater, the World Famous English Village Mall, and an ice skating rink.
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Jet Ski
Lake Havasu is the home of many popular water sports competitions or other events such as the IJSBA's Quakysense World Finals jet ski competition, the Skat-Trak PWC World Championship, the Festival of Lights, the Lake Havasu Triathlon, the Relics & Rods Run to the Sun car show, and Winterblast Western Pyrotechnics Convention & Fireworks Show.
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PWC Doing Stunts
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Speedboat Wake
If you don't own a boat or a PWC, there are plenty of places in Lake Havasu City to rent any type of watercraft. Some of boat rental companies include Action Adventure Boat Rentals, Barnacle Bill's Boat Rentals, Fun Time Boat Rentals, Lake Havasu Paradise Boat Rentals, Champion Rentals, Windsor Beach Rentals, Arizona Watersports, Nautical Inn Rentals, All Seasons Water Sports, Arizona West Rentals, Desert Sun Watersports, Wet Monkey Powersports, Western Arizona Canoe & Kayak Rentals, London Bridge Watercraft Rentals, River Rat Wave Runner Rentals, River Quest, Rick's Pontoon Boat Rentals, Dana's Sea-Doo & Boat Rental, Nauti-Buoys Boat Rentals, Firewater Jet Ski Rentals, and Blue Water Rentals.
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During this trip to Lake Havasu, we stayed at the Ramada Inn. Some people choose to go camping, sleep on a houseboat or rent a vacation home. Other lodging choices in Lake Havasu City are the Hampton Inn, Island Inn, Hidden Palms All Suite Inn, Havasu Dunes Resort, Windsor Inn, Lake Havasu Travelodge, the Quality Inn, London Bridge Resort, Super 8, Camelot Inn, Best Western, the Nautical Inn, Island Suites, Havasu Sands Resort, Xanadu Condo Resort, Fairway Inn, Bridge View Motel, the Blue Danube Inn, Twin Palms Inn, Agave Inn and the Sandman Inn.

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Cigarette Speedboat
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Rocky Cliffs & Hills
I saw that some pontoon boats and houseboats were equipped with barbecues that hung off their side railings. Unfortunately, our rental boat didn't have a BBQ so we just brought a few snacks with us each day of our trip on Lake Havasu. There were also a "World Famous Billy Burger" boat and the "Big Orange Boat" selling classic American backyard barbeque options.
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Some of the more substantial dining options back in Lake Havasu City include the Barley Bros Restaurant & Brewery, Shugrues Restaurant, JB's, Javelina Cantina, Black Bear Diner, the Mudshark Brewing Co., Captain's Table, Cha-Bones, Papa Bear's, Frigate Restaurant, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, Rusty's, Casa Bonita, Santiago's, MadDog's Grill, Off the Grill, Mario's Italian Restaurant, Big John's Steakhouse, Chili Charlie's, the Makai Cafe and the Flame Broiler.
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Lots of Lake Havasu boaters probably grab a quick bite to eat and go to bed after a long day out on the lake baking in the sun. Those with some energy left over for partying head over to the Kokomo Havasu nightclub which has a pool, four levels and multiple bars. Other nightlife options in Lake Havasu City include the Tiki Terrace Sports Bar, Firehouse Bar, Jake's Bar, Desert Martini, Gallagher's Pub, The London Bridge Brewery, The Office Cocktail Lounge, BJ's Tavern, Homestead Saloon, Golden Horseshoe Saloon, London Arms Pub, The Red Room, The Naked Turtle, and Bikini Beach Club.
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Sun Setting
Golfers can enjoy the world class golf courses that are close to Lake Havasu such as The Refuge Golf Club, the London Bridge Golf Club, the Emerald Canyon Golf Course, the Havasu Island Golf Course, and the Havasu Island Golf Course.
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Fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to find that Lake Havasu has a healthy population of freshwater fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, striped bass, crappie, catfish, carp, stripers and razorback suckers. The lake was also stocked with white sturgeon back in the late 1960's.
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One of the easiest and most relaxing ways to see Lake Havasu is on the deck of the Dixie Bell paddlewheel river boat, which costs about $20 per person. For a more exciting experience, go on a Bluewater Jet Boat Tour that races up and down the coast for two hours.
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To see the rest of my pictures from this Lake Havasu trip, click on the "Next" or "Last" button below to advance to the second page. To view the related galleries, click on the following links: Copper Canyon, London Bridge, The Bridgewater Channel, & the Sofa City Store Fire.

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