Entertainment and Events
For movies, drop in at the 10-screen Movies Havasu (180 Swanson Ave., 928/453-7900).
Powerboat regattas run on many weekends throughout the year. Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Finals ride in January. Lake Havasu City celebrates Winterfest with entertainment and food in February. Winterblast Fireworks Display goes off on Presidents Day in February at an annual convention of pyrotechnic professionals. Havasu Art Guild Juried Spring Show in March features work of regional artists. The Blue Water Invitational Boat Regatta also runs in March. Classic motor vehicles roll into town in April for Havasu Happening. Anglers compete for the best catches in the Striper Derby in May. Fireworks light up the sky on July Fourth. London Bridge Days (928/208-1251) in mid-October celebrates the dedication of the famous structure with a "Grande Parade," contests, games, live entertainment, and food. Antique and classic autos converge for a parade and show in the Relics and Rods Run to the Sun in mid-October. Personal watercraft racers compete in the Dos Equis World Finals in October. Lake Havasu Film Festival plays in late October/early November. A Gem and Mineral Show sparkles in November. Radio-controlled model airplanes take off in the London Bridge Seaplane Classic, also in November. The Festival of Lights brightens the holiday season from late November to mid-January with entertainment and more than a million lights in English Village. Watercraft join in holiday cheer for a Boat Parade of Lights on the first weekend December.
London Bridge Beach offers swimming and picnicking on the island; cross London Bridge and turn left at the sign. Fido can romp in Lions Dog Park just north of London Bridge Beach. Rotary Park Beach, south of English Village, offers beaches, covered picnic tables, and ball fields; you can take the shoreline footpath under London Bridge. Windsor Beach of Lake Havasu State Park offers beaches, picnic areas, hiking, boat ramps, and camping 1.5 miles north of London Bridge on the mainland; see description under sights. Ride the Waves Water Park (100 Park Ave., on Hwy. 95 just southeast of Swanson Ave., 928/453-2687) features an indoor wave pool, a 257-foot water slide, a children's pool, a hot tub, and an outdoor spray park.
London Bridge Golf Club (2400 Club House Dr. off S. Acoma Blvd., 928/855-2719) features two 18-hole courses. Nautical Inn (1000 McCulloch Blvd. across London Bridge, 928/855-2131) offers an executive 18-hole course. Bridgewater Links (928/855-4777) has a nine-hole executive course adjacent to London Bridge Resort.
Anglers discovered this lake long before any developer. Fishing was good—and still is—for largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and black crappie. Saltwater striped bass, introduced in the early 1960s, have thrived. Weighing up to 60 pounds, this landlocked fish is now the hottest thing in the lake. The stripers feed in spring and summer below Davis Dam, eating threadfin shad and other fish churned up by water flowing from the turbines. During fall and winter the bass return to the lake and are sought out by thousands of eager anglers. Pick up a local fishing booklet for tips on striper techniques.
Many places in town rent water sports equipment; ask the Visitors Bureau for a list. Adventure Center (on the water next to English Village, 928/453-4386) offers parasailing and rents pedal boats, mini-boats, and personal watercraft. Nautical Sports Center (Nautical Inn on the island, 928/855-7000) offers rentals of kayaks, paddleboats, pontoon boats, ski boats, personal watercraft, and houseboats.
You can also rent boats from Sandpoint Marina (14 miles south on the Arizona side, then take the Cattail Cove turnoff, 928/855-0549) and from Havasu Springs Resort (20 miles south of town, 928/667-3361). Park Moabi (in California off the first I-40 exit, 760/326-3831) offers a campground, swimming beach, putting green, boat ramp, and marina with rentals.
About two dozen motels and resorts provide a full range of places to stay. The tourist office in English Village (beside London Bridge) and the Visitors Bureau on London Bridge Road will help find the best place for you. Rates go up on Friday and Saturday in summer at many locales and way up during major holidays or events.
Under $50: Lakeview Motel (440 London Bridge Rd., 928/855-3605, $35 s, $45 d) has just the basics.
$50-100: One of the best budget bets, Bridgeview Motel (101 London Bridge Rd., 928/855-5559, $40-70 d weekdays, $70-130 d Fri.-Sat.) has a pool. Motel 6 (111 London Bridge Rd., 928/855-3200 or 800/466-8356, $56 s, $62 d weekdays, $70 s, $76 d Fri.-Sat. in summer, $40 s, $46 d in winter) lacks frills. Super 8 Motel (305 London Bridge Rd., 928/855-8844 or 800/800-8000, $46 s, $51 d weekdays, $56 s, $62 d Fri.-Sat.) offers a pool and spa. Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites (335 London Bridge Rd., 928/453-4656 or 800/446-4656, $89 d weekdays, $109 d weekends in summer, then about $59-69 d in winter) features an indoor pool and spa. Windsor Inn (451 London Bridge Rd., 928/855-4135 or 800/245-4135, $40-55 d weekdays, $46-65 d Fri. -Sat.) has some kitchenettes plus a pool and spa. Havasu Travelodge (480 London Bridge Rd., 928/680-9202 or 800/578-7878, $60 d summer weekdays and winter, $80 d summer weekends) offers an indoor spa.
Over $100: Close to London Bridge and the water, London Bridge Resort (1477 Queen's Bay Rd., 928/855-0888 or 800/624-7939, www.londonbridgeresort.com, $149-189 d weekdays, $209-269 d Fri.-Sat. in summer, $79-159 d winter) features a restaurant, nine-hole executive golf course, tennis, three swimming pools, hot tub, and elegant decor. It's worth stepping inside the lobby to see the world's only replica of the ornate Gold State Coach. The original, built in 1762, has carried all British monarchs since George III to coronation ceremonies at Westminster Abbey. The one- and two-bedroom units have converted to time-share, but some will be available for rent.
The stylish contemporary Heat Hotel (on the left just after crossing the bridge at 1420 McCulloch Blvd. N., 928/854-3018 or 888/898-4328, www.heathotel.com, $119-299 d weekdays, $139-359 d Fri.-Sat.) offers rooms and suites with a private balcony or patio.
Nautical Inn Resort & Conference Center (1000 McCulloch Blvd. N. across London Bridge on the left, 928/855-2141 or 800/892-2141, www.thenautical.net, $114-275 d weekdays, $124-375 d weekends in summer, $69-164 d the rest of the year) features waterfront rooms with a balcony or patio, plus a swimming beach, pool and spa, marina, and golf course.
The high-rise Island Inn (1300 McCulloch Blvd., 928/680-0606 or 800/243-9955, www.havasumotels.com, $65-75 d weekdays and $80-90 d Fri.-Sat. March-Oct., $49-80 d in winter) offers balconies with some rooms, plus a restaurant and an outdoor pool and spa.
Pleasant camping is available in the two nearby state parks; see Lake Havasu State Park above and Cattail Cove State Park below. Boaters can choose between many BLM and state park campgrounds, accessible by water only, on the Arizona shore south of town; see Lake Havasu Boat Campgrounds below.
On the island a half mile past London Bridge, Crazy Horse Campground (1534 Beachcomber Blvd., 928/855-4033, $29 tent or RV w/hookups) provides showers, a dump station, swimming beach, pool, spa, store, boat ramp, and docks; the showers and dump station are also open to the public. Jet skis and personal watercraft can be rented nearby. Islander RV Resort (751 Beachcomber Blvd., just past the Nautical Inn, 928/680-2000, www.islanderrvresort.com, $39-54 RV w/hookups) has a swimming beach, two pools, two hot tubs, a boat ramp, docks, and summertime children's activities. Two miles southwest at the far end of the island, Beachcomber Resort (601 Beachcomber Blvd., 928/855-2322, $44.31 RV w/hookups and tax) includes a swimming beach, pools, a rec. hall, boat ramp, and docks.
Havasu Falls RV Resort (3493 N. Hwy. 95, 928/764-0050 or 877/843-3255, $30-33 RV w/hookups) overlooks Lake Havasu four miles north of town with a pool and a rec. room.
Havasu Landing Resort (760/858-4593 or 800/307-3610, www.havasulanding.com, $10 or $15 tent, $22 or $28 RV w/hookups, with the higher prices getting you closer to the water) lies directly across the lake from Lake Havasu City and is connected to it by a boat shuttle from below Island Mall; amenities include a casino, restaurant, and a swimming beach. Park Moabi (on the California side near the I-40 Colorado River bridge, 760/326-3831 park office or 760/326-4777 marina), charges a $6 day-use fee and offers spaces for tents ($10, $12 Fri.-Sun.) and RVs ($18 w/hookups, $20 Fri.-Sun.) along with showers, a boat ramp, marina with rentals, and store.
Undeveloped BLM lands used for dispersed camping include Craggy Wash north of town past the airport on AZ 95 (turn in near Milepost 190 and continue past state trust land) and south of town at Standard Wash, which is also an off-highway-vehicle area, off AZ 95 between Mileposts 172 and 171.
Bridgewater Cafe (London Bridge Resort, 928/855-0888, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $9-20) prepares American cuisine. The dinner menu includes steak, prime rib, seafood, and pasta.
Shugrue's (Island Mall, just across London Bridge, 928/453-1400, www.shugrues.com, open daily with lunch entrees running $9-13 and dinner $17-28) creates impressive entrees such as the 18-oz. del Monaco, Torrington filet, rack of lamb, and garlic-crusted halibut; some tables have great views of the bridge. Barley Brothers Brewery & Grill (also in Island Mall and with a great view of the bridge, 928/505-7837, daily for lunch and dinner, $8-21) provides diners with a good selection of sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and grilled meats along with brews. Makai Cafe (on the lower level of Island Mall, 928/505-2233, daily for breakfast and lunch, $6-9) offers light meals with indoor and patio seating. Several places on McCulloch Blvd. serve American comfort food, such as the Black Bear Diner (1900 McCulloch Blvd., 928/855-2013, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $9-13).
For seafood and steak, try Captain's Table (Nautical Inn at 1000 McCulloch Blvd., 928/855-2141, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $14-27).
Juicy's Noodles (Island Inn, 1300 McCulloch Blvd., 928/680-0883, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $9-19) serves up Italian dishes, steaks, and pizza.
Since 1976 locals have been tucking into Mexican food at Taco Hacienda (2200 Mesquite Ave. and Acoma Blvd., 928/855-8932, daily for lunch and dinner, $7.50-11) with such favorites as fajitas, chimichangas, Mexican steak, and mix-and-match combos. Javelina Cantina (just across the bridge on the left at 1420 McCulloch Blvd., 928/855-8226, daily for lunch and dinner, $10-14) offers many flavors of fajitas—steak, chicken, fish, shrimp, or veggie—plus some unusual items like salmon tostada and catfish relleno, along with such favorites as carne asada, fish tacos, and combos; there's patio seating with bridge views. Safeway and Bashas' supermarkets lie off McCulloch Blvd. just east of London Bridge and AZ 95.
Information and Services
Centrally located in English Village near London Bridge, the Visitors Center (928/855-5655) is open about 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau (314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, 928/453-3444 or 800/242-8278, www.golakehavasu.com, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) also has helpful staff and literature. It's several blocks north of English Village, though the entrance is on the AZ 95 frontage road.
The BLM Lake Havasu Field Office (2610 Sweetwater Ave., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406, 928/505-1200, www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is in the south part of town near AZ 95 and Acoma Blvd. South with recreation information and wildlife exhibits.
The Mohave County Library (1770 McCulloch Blvd., 928/453-0718) is near the southeast corner of McCulloch and Capri Blvds.; it's open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (to 8 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs.).
The main post office (1750 McCulloch Blvd., 928/855-2361) is also near the southeast corner of McCulloch and Capri Boulevards. Hastings Books (1775 McCulloch Blvd., 928/680-7272) offers books and periodicals. Wal-Mart sells outdoor supplies on the west side of AZ 95, two miles north of London Bridge. Havasu Samaritan Regional Hospital (101 Civic Center Lane, 928/855-8185) is two blocks north of the traffic circle on McCulloch Boulevard.
Getting There and Around
Air Midwest/America West Express (800/235-9292, www.americawest.com) flies to Phoenix. The airport, off AZ 95 about five miles north of town, offers car rentals.
Several boat tours leave from the shore at English Village, and depart most frequently in the cooler months. The bargain ride crosses the lake to Havasu Landing Resort & Casino on the California shore for only $2 roundtrip; departures run roughly hourly from early morning to late night at the dock below Island Mall, across the bridge on your right. Dixie Belle Cruises (928/453-6776) will take you out in a paddlewheel replica on a narrated one-hour tour; $13 adults, $7 children 4-12. The same company runs the small Kon Tiki boat to Copper Canyon, located on the California side in the southern part of the lake, on one-hour tours for $12 adult, $7 children 12 and under. Bluewater Jetboat Tours (928/855-7171 or 888/855-7171, www.coloradoriverjetboattours.com) offers 2.5-hour trips most days upstream into the spectacular Topock Gorge for $35 adults, $32 seniors, and $17.50 youth 10-16; pontoon boats can be rented.
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