Lake Havasu City / London Bridge offers a boatload of story ideas!
For a city of over 53,000 people, we have a lot going on. Interesting people, beautiful scenery, and special events that are truly, well, special. Here are just a few stories we can help you develop.
London Bridge: One Man’s Dream Anchors a City
A dream first thought preposterous – Lake Havasu City founder Robert P. McCulloch, Sr.’s plan to relocate the centuries-old London Bridge (circa 1831) to a remote second home and resort community in the Arizona desert – celebrating its 50th anniversary in Lake Havasu City in October 2018. Take a walking tour of the London Bridge to find out how this dream became a reality, see the bullet holes where the bridge was strafed in London during WWII, and learn little known secrets about this jewel in the desert. Learn why it is called the “world’s largest antique.”
Is the London Bridge haunted?
If Lake Havasu City’s signature attraction isn’t haunted, then nothing is. How do we know the bridge is haunted? Apparently, EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena) and abnormalities in photos have been captured. There is evidence of so-called residual haunting in slate and iron nails. Come meet local experts and explore this fascinating possibility.
How hot is Havasu? How does a desert playground cope with the heat?
Oh yeah, it’s hot in Havasu in the summer. So hot, the London Bridge Resort’s doors have insulating cozies on the handles. One local bakes cookies on her dashboard! But locals and visitors alike believe the heat is what makes boating on Lake Havasu so refreshing, especially in Bridgewater Channel or the Sandbar where dozens of boats (and hundreds of people) raft up and cool off.
Lighthouses in the desert?
You’re in the middle of the desert, about two hours south of Las Vegas, and you’re surrounded by 26 lighthouses. A mirage? No. But creating small-scale lighthouses is the dream of western Arizona lighthouse fans who have built replica lighthouses to help boaters navigate Lake Havasu. Learn more about the lighthouses and the builders at Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club.
Experience Lake Havasu’s wild side
We’re not talking spring break-wild, we’re talking wild west-wild. ATV, dirt bike, Jeep and other off-road vehicle enthusiasts can enjoy the open spaces of the desert and mountains surrounding Lake Havasu City. There’s also:
Breathtaking scenery and towering canyons of solid rock carved by the Colorado River – The Topock Gorge extends down to the bank line on both the Arizona and California sides and is part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Take a five-hour tour with Sunset Boat Tours and see Indian petroglyphs, steep red cliffs, and native wildlife such as bighorn sheep, pelicans, and egrets.
The Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world – 320 feet high with only 85 feet visible above the waterline. Its reservoir, Lake Havasu, stretches for 45 miles behind the dam, creating an oasis in the Arizona desert, as well as a the largest reservoir behind Parker Dam providing water for California.
Take a stroll along the walkway at the Visitor Center where you can spot turkey vultures, mourning doves, coots, killdeer, herons, egrets, and more. Encompassing 6,105 acres of majestic rock cliffs with cool water running through a classic Sonoran Desert, it’s the largest riparian forest remaining on the lower Colorado River; over 350 species of birds have been documented.
Adjacent to the Colorado River, the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge features 37,515 acres of cattail-bulrush back waters,shrubby riparian lowlands, and steep cactus-strewn cliffs and mountains. For those who say the desert is just rocks and rattlesnakes, they haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this beautiful refuge.
While Lake Havasu is known for its topside water activities, there is also much to do underwater while scuba diving. Lake Havasu can be visited by divers either from beach access or by boat. Visibility ranges throughout the year from 10-50 feet with water temperatures from the mid 50°’s F to as high as 85° F in the peak of summer.
Events Unique to Lake Havasu City
Boom, Boom, Pop: Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Convention (February)
If you love a 20 minute fireworks show to celebrate our Nation’s birthday, you’ll be amazed at the nightly pyrotechnics show scheduled over President’s Day Weekend. This trade show attracts fireworks professionals from throughout the west to show off their latest-and-greatest product. You’ll enjoy four nights of fireworks scheduled in one-hour increments to hold you over until July 4th.
Greasers: Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion (February)
Before there were hippies, there were greasers and the girls who loved them. Rockabilly, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, emerged in the early 1950s and is undergoing a revival of sorts. Join other fans for live entertainment, a pre-‘68 vintage car and motorcycle show, pin-up girl contest, swap meet, beer garden, activities, vendor booths, and lots more!
Zoom — Go-Fast Boats: Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout (May)
Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout is THE see and be seen event in the boating industry! Named “One of the Top Five Poker Runs in the Nation” by Performance Boats Magazine, Desert Storm consists of a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! Racing from the heart of Lake Havasu, top speeds upwards of 160+ MPH are not uncommon here. The air will be buzzing with the racers’ helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water, Desert Storm brings to Lake Havasu the best and biggest performance boats in the U.S. as they roar across the lake. Rides on the boats are given for a charitable donation and spectators can get up-close and personal with the boats at the boat show and street party.
Lake Havasu — The “Jet Ski” Capitol of the World: IJSBA World Finals (October)
For hundreds of thousands of personal watercraft owners (PWC), Lake Havasu City is the “Jet Ski Capitol of the World.” This is especially true in early October when the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) World Finals come to town for the Super Bowl of the sport. Approximately 400 competitors from 30 states across the U.S. and over 40 nations worldwide converge on Lake Havasu City and the clear waters of the Colorado River, along with thousands of fans and news media from a dozen countries, to participate in this world-renowned event.