California travel expert Veronica Hill of http://www.CaliforniaTravelExpert.com tours Lake Havasu Az, London Bridge, Topock and Needles in this Colorado River episode of “California Travel Tips.”
Located on the border of California and Arizona, about 300 miles from Los Angeles, Lake Havasu sits along the Colorado River with Parker Dam to the south and Davis Dam to the north.
Lake Havasu hotels include the chic new Lake Havasu hotel Heat and the Lake Havasu London Bridge Resort, home to the popular nightclub, Kokomos. Colorado River camping is available at The Islander Resort in Lake Havasu and Crazy Horse Campground. Havasu Palms and Black Meadow Landing are popular down near Parker Dam, and Palms River Resort is a good choice near Needles. In 2009, Pirate Cove Resort and the Naked Pirate Beach Bar opened in Needles to the delight of Lake Havasu party people.
Along the river, there are a few gas stations for boaters. Topock Marina is one of the most popular stops, and its bar and grill serves up great burgers, ribs and other American barbecue fare. If you’re looking for another great place to cool off with a cold drink, the Naked Turtle Beach Bar at Nautical Inn Resort in Lake Havasu always has a party going on.
Speaking of parties, while you’re here, don’t miss Spring Break Lake Havasu hot spots like Copper Canyon, popular for cliff diving; Steamboat Cove, popular for Lake Havasu boat parties, and the famous sandbar in Topock Gorge.
Topock Gorge Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, home to Indian petroglyphs and bighorn sheep, is also a popular spot for birding, Colorado River rafting and kayak or canoe Colorado River trips. The Colorado River water current averages 3 mph here, and it’s a lovely place to beach your boat and spend the day.
When planning your Lake Havasu vacation, remember that Lake Havasu weather averages about 110-119 F during the summer, and up to 100 F at night. Be sure to pack plenty of water, sunblock and food when going out on the boat.
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