Water Sports in Lake Havasu City
When construction of Parker Dam was completed in 1938, the reservoir it created to supply water to Southern California and Arizona became Lake Havasu. The lake is a 45-mile-long playground for water sports of all kinds. Whether it's waterskiing, jet skiing, stand-up paddling, powerboating, houseboating, swimming, fishing, or you name it, if water is required, it's happening on Lake Havasu.
With a boat, you have more options: you can find a quiet, secluded cove or beach to swim or fish. If you have a need for speed, you can plane up and down the lake with or without a skier in tow.
Cattail Cove State Park. On the eastern shore of the lake 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City is 2,000-acre Cattail Cove State Park, a popular spot for fishing and boating (you can rent boats at the marina). There are 61 first-come, first-served campsites ($15–$26) with access to electricity and water, and public restrooms with showers. AZ 95, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86405. 928/855–1223. www.pr.state.az.us/parks/CACO. $10 per vehicle on weekdays, $15 on weekends. Sunrise–10 pm.
Lake Havasu State Park. Near the London Bridge, Lake Havasu State Park has an interpretive nature garden and a level 1.75-mile trail that's perfect for watching the sunset. With three boat ramps, extensive docking, electrical hookups, and about 45 first-come, first-served campsites ($30–$35 daily, including day-use fee), it's an extremely popular spot in summer. 699 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86403. 928/855–2784. www.pr.state.az.us/parks/LAHA. $10 per vehicle on weekdays, $15 on weekends. Sunrise–10 pm.
Equipment and Rentals
If you don't have the equipment or the vessel necessary to enjoy your water sport, you can rent one from a number of reputable merchants.
Arizona WaterSports. You can rent Jet Skis, jet boats, ski boats, and pontoon boats here, as well as a variety of other water toys, from wakeboards to inner tubes, and off-road vehicle rentals. The company also has branches down at Parker Dam and at Blue Water Resort & Casino, in Parker. 655 Kiowa Ave., Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86403. 928/453–5558 or 800/393–5558. www.arizonawatersports.com.
AZ Built Sports. In addition to renting motorboats, outrigger canoes, and kayaks—not to mention a wide variety of bikes—AZ Built Sports offers stand-up paddleboards, which have become an extremely popular way to play and exercise on the lake. 191 Swanson Ave., Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86403. 928/505–8669. www.azbuiltsports.com.
Sand Point Marina and RV Park. You can rent everything from Jet Skis to pontoon boats, by the day or by the week, at this park, which has a 104-slip marina, convenience store, and café. 7952 S. Sandpoint Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ, 86406. 928/855–0549. www.sandpointresort.com.