In 1958, a chance flight over the Lake Havasu area by entrepreneur Robert McCulloch later led to the founding of Lake Havasu City. A decade after the city’s establishment, McCulloch and town planner C.V. Wood had the grand idea to purchase the London Bridge from England and reconstruct it as a tourist attraction. The London Bridge is now the second most frequented attraction in all of Arizona—coming secondary to only the Grand Canyon!
The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is found at the far reaches of southeastern Lake Havasu. Rumored to contain the largest surviving cottonwood-willow woodlands of the lower Colorado River, the Refuge covers 6,000 acres. Perhaps most importantly, the Bill Williams River serves as a comfortable refuge to over 300 species of birds and waterfowl. There is a number of endangered species currently in propagation, including the razorback sucker fish and bony-tail chubs—which are indigenous to the Bill Williams River. Additionally, the Audubon Society named the Refuge an area of global significance in 2011.
Rotary Beach is Lake Havasu City’s largest public beach and park, granting easy access via boat or vehicle. Enjoy great recreational amenities as well: volleyball courts, ball fields, a swimming area, a skate park, a walking path, exercise stations, multiple playgrounds, picnic areas, and barbecues. The 5-mph no-wake zone within the Thompson Bay is a favorite of boaters. Rotary Beach is also only a short distance away from the London Bridge!
Along the picturesque Bridgewater Channel is the London Bridge Beach, a pet-friendly beach with an enclosed dog park, basketball and sand volleyball courts and even a community stage. As the name implies, the beach maintains a perfect view of the famous London Bridge. Pets are allowed outside of the enclosed park if leashed, and day mooring is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beautiful white sands accompany vistas of the lake and mountains at Windsor Beach. Picnic tables, armadas, and grills make for the perfect day for friends and family alike. After lunch, hike the Mohave Sunset Trail (a scenic 1.75 mile walk) and stroll through the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden. A diverse array of wildflowers and fauna can be seen!
Lakeside views without the smog of a city: the Havasu Landing Casino has Vegas-level excitement with the freshness of clear Havasu waters. There are electronic slots on the main casino floor, as well as a card room for blackjack and three-card poker. Accessing the casino is done by way of the Tecopa ferry. The ferry departs from the London Bridge and lasts approximately 17 minutes. It’s also acceptable to access Havasu Landing via personal watercraft.
BlueWater Resort and Casino is located nearby in Parker, Arizona 25 minutes away. Myriads of slots and a card room for blackjack and poker make BlueWater an excellent choice for an evening of entertainment. Also enjoy a bingo hall featuring weekly and monthly promotions.
It’s no secret that Lake Havasu boasts of ideal fishing conditions 12 months out of the year. Over a dozen fishing tournaments and activities are held throughout the year, and large-mouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and fathead catfish are the fish local to the area.
Designed for the beginner or average fisherman who doesn’t have the time to dedicate to a professional circuit, the Weekend Warrior Bass Series is the perfect pick-up fishing experience. As the Series is not professional, anglers who are visiting Lake Havasu City will enjoy a weekend or two of fishing. An Angler of the Year hold out from each entry is held throughout the season. The event takes place near the London Bridge Channel, and a complete list of rules, eligibility requirements, schedules, and entry information is located on the JML Outdoors website.
Come learn about Lake Havasu City’s extensive past at the Museum of History. The culture and history of the area are showcased in permanent exhibits, including the history of the Native American Chemehuevi and Mojave tribes; the role of the lower Colorado River and the steamboat era; the relocation of the London Bridge from the banks of England to Arizona; and an overview of the native wildlife (from Desert Bighorn Sheep and coyote to several reptile species).
The Crack in the Mountain Trail is an aesthetically scenic trail that passes through a famous slot canyon on the Lower Colorado. Ending at a lake’s cove beside Balance Rock, the trail measures 4.7 miles and is moderate with climbing. Expect to see bighorn sheep.
Featured as one of Lake Havasu’s more beautiful trails, Cupcake Mountain was named for its light dusting of snow that hearkened images of frosting on top of the mountain! Perfect views of the city’s photogenic scenery are achieved at the top of the mountain. At 4.6 miles of steep climbing, Cupcake Mountain is recommended for experienced hikers only.
Havasu Island Golf Course at the Nautical Beachfront Resort is an 18-hole, public golf course designed by Red Lawrence. Two sets of tees are featured for men and one is exclusively for women. Following your premium golf experience, stop at the clubhouse for food and drink at Bogey’s Sports Bar and Grill!
With a whimsical exterior and rustic interior, Cha-Bones Steakhouse & Tapas Bar is a contemporary restaurant serving upscale cuisine. Priding itself on quality, crafted steaks, pastas, seafood, salads, and desserts, Cha-Bones also boasts of a 40-foot bar. Lit with urban track lighting and adorned with classic stone, the bar offers premium tapas, martinis, frozen drinks, bottled beers, and wine.
Dine with views of the Springs Resort dock and waterfront for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Classic and Contemporary American cuisine comprises the menu, whether your palate craves cheeseburgers or Surf 'n Turf. A full-service bar and lounge feature Happy Hour Monday through Friday, and the live guitarist and songstress serenades patrons during their meals. Karaoke is held in the lounge during the evenings. Choose to access the restaurant via car, or dock your boat at the complimentary boat slip.
Conjuring images of a Hawaiian dining oasis, the Turtle Grill is located in Arizona’s sole beachfront resort. Combining views of the desert and water, the restaurant creates a storybook atmosphere for guests. Enjoy a breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu that serves both casual and signature entrees. Adjacent to the Grill is the Turtle Bar, offering beach-side libations and nightly excitement.
Casa Serrano serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere. Splashed with bright yellows, greens, pinks, and blues, Casa Serrano impresses with two different kinds of salsa. Their housemade bean dip is a specialty as well. Take advantage of the daily Happy Hour from 11.00 to 21.00.
Angelina's Italian Kitchen is a popular restaurant locally owned and operated by the Grippo family since 1989. The dishes are all fueled by Grippo family recipes that have been sustained for generations. Now boasting a new location, Angelina’s is equipped with a full bar. Top shelf drinks and an impressive wine list accompany the bar, complementing the great menu.
Mario’s is a genuine Italian restaurant, with wall murals depicting scenes of the Italian coast and wooden accents. Enjoy homemade dishes that even feature steak entrees, and the lounge has Happy Hour specials from 16.00 to 18.00. Boat parking is available for guests.
Sho-Gun offers Lake Havasu authentic Japanese cuisine in a friendly, upscale environment. There’s a spacious dining space and sushi bar, as well as teppanyaki grills. The full bar serves cocktails and other libations designed to complement the meals—along with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Daily lunch specials are featured.
Thai Nakarin is a humble Thai restaurant owned and operated by a husband and wife duo. The cuisine is fine, authentic Thai, and all meals come with chicken unless otherwise noted. You may exchange chicken for pork or beef, and vegetarian substitutes are available upon request.
Makai Café allows guests to sip coffee indoors or on the much preferred outdoor patio—coming exclusively with a waterfront vista. Overlooking Bridgewater Channel from its position next to the London Bridge, Makai Café is perfect for the specialty coffee, espresso or tea in the mornings, along with craft omelettes, waffles, sandwiches, and salads. Also choose from sliders, burgers, and ice cream!
The Donut Post is renowned for its fresh donuts and great recipes. Fancy cake, old fashioned, raised yeast dough donuts are the house specialty, but they also make muffins and fruit filled turn-overs. Fresh brewed coffee, iced coffee drinks, tea, and fruit smoothies are served with the sweets. There’s indoor and outdoor dining, and take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi!
Right at the Nautical Beachfront Resort is the Turtle Bar. The grass hut ambiance is perfect for afternoon drinks or nighttime cocktails, bolstered by a tropical-inspired atmosphere. A preview of Turtle Bar’s drink menu includes the signature bucket drinks like the Painted Turtle Tai, Pina Pond Turtle, Beached Banana Turtle, and Strawberry Snapping Turtle.
Come experience Arizona’s largest infinity edge pool at WET pool bar. Overlooking the resort’s cove, WET resonates with Caribbean-themed decor and date palms. Easily one of Lake Havasu City’s main attractions, the infinity pool has edges that stream seamlessly into the skies above—creating a stunning, visual escapade. Tropical beverages and a full bar make WET a great nightlife venue.
The Martini Bay is located near the London Bridge and Bridgewater Channel from its London Bridge Resort location. Combining great cocktails, food, and a trendy atmosphere, Martini Bay has a multitude of outdoor seating areas with views of Lake Havasu. The bartenders pride themselves on a wide repertoire of skills and blends, and the menu offers pub fare. Wings, burgers, steaks, and fish are paired with many of their drinks.
As Lake Havasu’s genuine country western saloon, Flying X Saloon has a 2,000 square foot dance floor. Enjoy cold draft beer, a frost rail, and a premium sound system. Live music takes the stage during special event nights, and line dancing is also the theme of the night. Hungry? No worries, Flight X has a menu featuring traditional pub fare.
The Shops at Lake Havasu are the destination for national retail department stores. Find Dillard’s, JC Penney, Kirkland’s, PetSmart, Walmart Supercenter, and UltraStar Cinemas. A magnificent fountain and misters keep guests cool in the warmer months, while restaurants keep you fueled for the shopping.
Find women’s clothing, gourmet food and spices, cigars, Arizona wines, fine art and jewelry at Lake Havasu’s Main Street. Stores on the Street include Edgardo Jewelers Inc., Havasu Hardware, Health Food Store, Secondhand Treasures, The Yarn Shoppe & Boutique and Twice as Nice Consignment Furniture & Clothing.
The best period to visit Lake Havasu City is late summer, when temperatures are high enough to enjoy walking outside, but not uncomfortably so. If you want to spend less and if you like colder temperatures, then visit during winter when it is less crowded and evidently cheaper.
Havasu Area Transit operates several routes, stopping at bus stops in Lake Havasu City, Desert Hills and the Shops at Lake Havasu. All 4 routes connect at 25 minutes after the hour at the downtown transfer center and will provide the rider a free transfer to another route. The scheduled route service operates Monday through Friday from 6am to 7pm. and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. HAT is closed Sundays and all City Holidays except Good Friday and Veterans Day.