LAKE HAVASU CITY – Arizona is home to 35 state parks and natural areas. Lake Havasu State Park (LHSP) was the most visited state park during the fiscal year 2022. With its scenic shoreline along the Colorado River, it’s easy to see why LHSP is a magnetic draw for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy beautiful white sand beaches, nature trails, multiple boat ramps, picnic areas, and convenient campsites.
A watersports haven, LHSP nears capacity during busy holiday weekends or when special events come to Lake Havasu City. A new reservation system was established to handle demand (azstateparks.com/reserve).
For those who want to get away from people, places, and things, the regionís lesser-known state parks are true gems less than a 30-minute drive away.
Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles from LHSP, features a beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites. There are also primitive boat-in campsites along the shoreline within the park.
Buckskin Mountain State Park, just 20 miles from LHSP, provides a scenic respite with mountain hikes, a desert escape, and a fun-filled water adventure. The park has a campground with 60 sites, waterfront camping, beach, hiking trails, boat ramp, picnic area, and park store.
River Island State Park, 21 miles from LHSP, offers 37 campsites, a ramada, sandy beach, cove, and boat launch area. The park has a trail for hiking and access to off-highway vehicle backcountry roads.†
“No matter which state park you choose, 450 miles of beautiful shoreline lining 45-mile-long Lake Havasu constantly awaits you,” says Terence Concannon, president/CEO of Go Lake Havasu. ìItís Arizonaís West Coast and home of the London Bridge, dedicated in a huge ceremony 51 years ago next month.
“We’ve celebrated the fame it brings to this sunny desert region ever since.”
Take the Family Camping, Oct. 15-16, 2022
No camping experience? No problem. The state is running a series of Arizona Family Campout weekends designed for families with little or no experience camping. Learn how to set up a tent, cook outside, and try fun activities perfect for camping. Register now for the Oct. 15-16, 2022, Family Campout Program at Lake Havasu State Park. Registration is $90 for a family of up to four.