As the weeks of fall approach in the Colorado River Valley, anticipation grows for warm, sunny days perfect for embarking on adventures along the scenic shores of Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave. These picturesque reservoirs hold hidden gems waiting to be explored, many of which can only be reached by boat. These secluded spots offer excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting, breathtaking desert vistas, visits to isolated historic sites, and memorable cookouts on peaceful, sandy beaches.
Lake Mohave, stretching approximately 67 miles from Hoover Dam to Davis Dam, boasts over 200 miles of shoreline, numerous coves, and inlets, as well as a deep and captivating canyon near the dam. Here are a few highlights:
- Cottonwood Cove: A full-service marina that facilitates boat launches and campground stays, serving as a gateway to nearby secluded coves and beaches.
- Willow Beach: Another marina offering access to the lake, where you can enjoy activities like fishing, kayaking, and swimming. You’ll also find the historic gauging station used to measure the Colorado River’s flow and other sites linked to the construction of Hoover Dam.
- Princess Cove: A picturesque cove featuring a sandy beach and clear waters, making it a popular spot for picnicking, camping, and short hiking adventures. Nearby, explore the remnants of the old Katherine mining camp and even a natural arch.
- Grapevine Canyon: A hidden gem accessible only by boat, this narrow canyon houses ancient petroglyphs and, at certain times of the year, waterfalls and pools. It holds significant spiritual importance for the Mojave people.
Lake Havasu, another reservoir covering 45 miles from Parker Dam to Lake Havasu City, is famous for its London Bridge, transported from England in 1968. However, there’s more to explore by boat:
- Copper Canyon: A deep and narrow canyon with copper-hued walls and turquoise waters, perfect for boating, cliff jumping, and evening parties beneath the desert stars.
- Topock Gorge: A scenic stretch of the river winding through volcanic rock formations and wildlife habitats, where you might spot bald eagles and bighorn sheep. Nearby, discover the Mystic Maze, a labyrinth of petroglyphs created by the ancient Patayan people.
- Havasu Springs: A delightful desert oasis with springs and small caves waiting to be explored.
- Site Six: Also known as the island accessible via London Bridge, this area served as an auxiliary base for the Kingman Army Airfield during WWII. It featured in an episode of the Route 66 television program, offering a glimpse of Lake Havasu City during its early development. Site Six boasts a public launch ramp and fishing pier.
If the idea of aquatic adventures during the fall season has piqued your interest, don’t let a lack of boat ownership deter you. FiveStar Jetski & Boat Rentals in Bullhead City, Arizona, has everything you need, from boats to jet skis. As a bonus, they can point you in the direction of these special places along the Colorado River, ensuring your fall weekends are filled with unforgettable experiences.