|LAKE HAVASU CITY – Lake Havasu City revels in the summer heat, even when temperatures hit triple digits and visitors share thermometer selfies with friends and family back home (#havasuheat). When it’s hot enough to bake cookies on the dashboard of cars (see this video clip from Caters News Agency: https://tinyurl.com/HavasuCookies), visitors and locals alike head to the waters of the Colorado River. Lake Havasu is a balancing reservoir with water levels that do not vary more than five feet. In the summer months, it is consistently 98 percent or more full to capacity. “It’s all about the water during the hot summer months,” says Terence Concannon, president/CEO of Go Lake Havasu. “With Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Phoenix, and San Diego within a three to five hour drive, Lake Havasu is a one- to two-tank destination attracting boaters pulling their cats, center consoles, fishing boats, pontoons, PWCs, RIBs, you name it. Whatever floats your boat.”|
Hidden Launch Ramps
This summer has never been easier to get out on Lake Havasu, thanks to a new launch ramp in the city and a vast network of ramps stretching from Topock Gorge to the north and south to Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge.
Here’s a tip: avoid the most popular launch sites such as Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu Marina, or Cattail Cove. Local favorite launch sites with less waiting time include Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Havasu Springs Resort (about 23 miles south of town), and Site Six across London Bridge on the island. The long-awaited Havasu Riviera Marina opened in May and has eased waiting times dramatically, according to Concannon.
For a complete list of well over 50 available launch lanes, visit:
Water Dogs Welcome
Lake Havasu City has dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, campsites, and off-leash dog parks. Go Lake Havasu has a web page dedicated to our four-legged best friends at: https://www.golakehavasu.com/pet-friendly
If you enjoy boating, there’s no reason not to take your dog along. After all, dogs love going places with their owners. Nothing beats a warm summer day out on a boat with your dog’s companionship. Dogs are an important part of most families, and a holiday just isn’t a holiday if you leave your first mate at home. Here are some pet-friendly safety tips from DiscoverBoating.com :
• Invest in a canine life jacket.
• Remember dogs need sunscreen too, especially short-haired breeds.
• Have a plan in place when your dog needs to relieve itself.
• Keep plenty of fresh drinking water available.
• Provide a shaded area—excessive exposure to the sun can cause problems for animals.
• Protect those canine feet—dogs absorb heat through the pads on their feet, and boat surfaces can get very hot in the sun.
• 4 Paws & Treats Food and Dorita’s Place are two local pet retailers that can provide further advice on talking your sea dawgs out on the water.
Make Memories: Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Over Lake Havasu
Think back to your warmest childhood memories. Going to the drive-in movies in your pajamas to watch Mary Poppins, the highest-grossing film of 1964. Camping under the glow of a Coleman lantern. Marching in a Memorial Day parade. Families today can make new memories by taking their kids to watch the Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Havasu. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. directly across the bay from Lookout Point on Spectator Point at The Nautical Beachfront Resort.
More information about fireworks over the lake:
Tune in to KNTR 980 AM for a live simulcast with music set precisely to the fireworks display.
At 7 p.m. on July 4th, Skydive Havasu’s team of professional skydivers will be displaying an Arizona flag, POW/MIA flag, and an American flag as they free fall in the skies over the London Bridge. The landing zone for this jump is the Bridgewater Links Golf Course at the London Bridge Resort. Go Lake Havasu is partnering with Skydive Havasu to bring this event free of charge.
Watch the fireworks from your own boat or personal watercraft so long as you have proper running lights. Learn more about safe boating after sundown on Lake Havasu here: https://www.golakehavasu.com/boating-at-night .
Learn which fireworks are legal within Lake Havasu City from the people who know best: Lake Havasu Fire Rescue and EMS:
July 2022 Events Include Farmers Market and International Film Festival
July in Lake Havasu City is typically a busy time for high-octane action on the lake but a slow season for special events. Back on land, two events of particular interest are:
• Lake Havasu Farmers Market, July 9 and 23, 2022 – The KAWS on Main Street, located in Lake Havasu City’s Downtown District, is like a mini Whole Foods on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The Lake Havasu Farmers Market highlights local produce, cheese, eggs, bakers, artisans and chefs throughout the Lower Colorado River community. The venue allows shoppers to not only pick fresh produce and groceries but also to meet their producers. Time: 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information: