Lake Havasu City Tourist Attractions
In the far west of Arizona, on the border with California, is Lake Havasu, a popular resort with water sports enthusiasts. Lake Havasu City (alt. 600ft/183m; pop. 24,363) was founded only in 1964.
Lake Havasu City's main attraction is the 1831 London Bridge which was bought in 1968 and re-erected here.Purchased for $2.6 million by city founder Robert McCulloch, the granite arch bridge now connects Lake Havasu City's mainland and island. Its original length of 1005ft/306m has been reduced to 952ft/290m.
The surroundings of Lake Havasu City include Lake Havasu State Park and the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.
Aubrey Peak Wilderness
The 15,400-acre Aubrey Peak Wilderness area is located east of Lake Havasu City, and contains colorful landforms typical of the transition zone between the Mohave and Sonoran deserts. Water and wind have carved the soft volcanic rock in Aubrey Peak Wilderness into natural windows, spires, caves, and terraces. Hiking, backpacking and photography have become very popular in Aubrey Peak.
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge between Lake Havasu City and Parker has bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds, spread out over 6,195 acres. The Bill Williams River Refuge has one of the last stands of natural cottonwood-willow forest.Lake Havasu permits fishing for striped and largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill.
Cattail Cove State Park
Cattail Cove State Park has picnicking and camping facilities, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City. Cattail Cove State Park is a tranquil park that offers a variety of water sports as well as swimming and fishing opportunities.
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge near Lake Havasu City was established in 1941 to conserve the heritage of the local wildlife such as bighorn sheep, reptiles, and endangered bird species.
Address: 317 Mesquite Avenue, Needles, AZ 92363-2045, United States
Topock Gorge in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is popular with wildlife enthusiasts and canoeists. It is accessible only by water and runs from Interstate 40 to the north end of Lake Havasu.
Lake Havasu State Park
Lake Havasu State Park covers most of the Arizona side of the lake, with 45 miles of shoreline. Lake Havasu State Park has beaches, numerous nature trails, and camping.