Boat-In Arizona Beaches & Campsites
Lake Havasu and the nearby stretches of the Colorado River – Arizona’s “West Coast” – are known for having a multitude of hidden coves and beaches. Some beaches are only accessible by boat and many have amenities such as barbecue grills, portable restrooms, and shaded picnic tables.
Top Boat-In Beaches Along Lake Havasu
Skier’s Island is a favorite hot-spot for skiers and wakeboarders as the natural cove and large rock island provides glassy water, even on busy weekends or in windy conditions.
Every day is a virtual non-stop boat parade when you’re at the Bridgewater Channel. The narrow ribbon of ‘no-wake’ navigable water runs beneath the London Bridge, creating a waterfront for shops and restaurants.
Without question, the ‘Sand Bar’ is the most populated gathering place on the river. It is located about one mile north of Blankenship Bend. Its wide expanse of shallow water and soft sand bottom lure hundreds of boaters to the Sand Bar during warm weather.
Body Beach is a half-mile long stretch of shoreline on the Arizona (east) side of the lake. On any given day, you can find some of the world’s best personal watercraft riders practicing and testing in preparation for their next competition.
Friendly Island (aka Beaver Island), located only a little more than four miles from the London Bridge, has several secluded sandy beaches with ample drop-off for easy boater access. It’s well-protected from wind and boat wakes and has the added comforts of restroom facilities, barbecue stations, ramadas and trash receptacles, perfect for boat camping.
Located near the southern end of Lake Havasu on the Arizona side, Steamboat Cove is known as one of the lake’s largest natural, protected no-wake coves and a favorite hot spot for boaters to enjoy for the day or overnight stay. Steamboat offers a generous expanse of sandy beaches, along with on-land restrooms, picnic tables, and trash receptacles.
Cattail Cove and Three Dunes offers multiple soft sand beaches along Lake Havasu on the Arizona side of the lake. Along the beaches are a series of small coves that are good hunting grounds for bass and catfish. Many of these beaches offer on-site restrooms, picnic tables, and trash receptacles.
One of the most fun things to do in Lake Havasu City is boating – and camping! Take in the sights of Lake Havasu while picnicking or camping at one of many beautiful shoreline boat-in campsites. What’s the advantage of camping on a beach that’s only accessible by boat? Privacy, convenience, and adventure!
Boat-in camping is a great way to spend an adventurous weekend. Imagine camping on your own private beach for a night or two. Boat-in camping is inexpensive and provides the opportunity for a unique and unforgettable experience in the beauty of nature. No reservations are needed and there is usually at least one site available, encouraging those spur-of-the-moment getaways whether you are in the mood to kick back and relax, hang out with some old friends, or enjoy a romantic evening under the stars.
Just because you’re camping, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the finer things. In the blink of an eye, you can jump on your boat and head over one of several restaurants that provide free courtesy docks. Sit down for some fine cuisine and then head back over to your private beach campsite for the night.
Many of the sites have hiking trails that access breathtaking views during the day and the beachfront areas are perfect spots to gaze up at the cloudless, star-filled night sky. Leashed pets are welcome, so all members of the family can get in on the fun!
Bring your houseboat, pontoon boat, speed boat, or fishing boat and camp your way. Set up a tent or sleep in the comfort of your own houseboat or cabin cruiser. While maintaining the spirit of “roughin’ it” style camping, convenient amenities are also offered on the majority of the campsites. Restroom facilities, picnic tables, shade cabanas, and built-in charcoal barbecues are installed at most locations.
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Bureau of Land Management Boat-In Campsites
The Bureau of Land Management manages 87 shoreline campsites along the Arizona side from Lake Havasu City south to the Parker Dam. Site fees are $10 for day use and an additional $10 for overnight use, up to 6 people, with $2 per additional person. Overnight fee paid is good until 9am the following day. Most sites have a picnic table, shade cover, barbeque grill, pit toilet, and trash can. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the BLM office for specific site information.
Bureau of Land Management
1785 Kiowa Ave.
Arizona State Parks Boat-In Campsites
Arizona State Parks has 28 primitive boat-in campsites along Lake Havasu. State campsites have a $15 day use fee Mon-Thurs, $20 Fri-Sun and State holidays. All day-use must end at dusk. Boat-in camping fees are $20 per vessel, 7 days a week (for a full fee schedule, click here). Most sites have picnic table, shade cover, pit toilet, and trash can. State Parks request that you pack out all trash. No firepits or campfires year-round, however, propane stoves are acceptable. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite is equipped with an “iron ranger” in which you fill out a simple form and leave cash or a check for your stay. A single stay may last up to 14 days at which point, campers must end their stay or move to another site at least 25 miles away. Each site is equipped with trash cans and recycling bins which are maintained by the BLM. Contact Arizona State Parks for specific site information.
Arizona State Parks
Cattail Cove State Park
Lake Shore Bl. & AZ Highway 95
|Campground||# of Sites||GPS Coordinates|
|AZ State Parks Boat-In Camping Sites|
|Benson Bay||1||34.355567, -114.176067|
|Burro Bay||3||34.359250, -114.183600|
|Dino Bay||3||34.360733, -114.188733|
|Hard Landing||1||34.358883, -114.183967|
|Rattlesnake Cove||5||34.357767, -114.180083|
|Red Rock Cove||2||34.366183, -114.200283|
|Three Dunes||16||34.363983, -114.197150|
34.362233, -114.197967 (2 sites)
34.361383, -114.196817 (2 sites)