Copper Canyon is a famed Havasu hot spot for locals and visitors, as well as the backdrop for MTV’s Havasu Spring Break highlight. The Canyon earned its name from the abundance of tarnished copper that can be seen along the rock formations, as well as the abandoned copper mine atop the canyon.
In years past, Copper Canyon was considered Lake Havasu’s number one gathering place for boaters looking to party. Back in the days, once anchored near the infamous 80-ft. jumping rock, you were dedicated to stay put for the day, as boats were anchored in so tight you could walk from one side of the canyon to the other on boats! Today, Copper Canyon, still popular with boaters and as breathtakingly beautiful as ever, offers a bit calmer, more serene atmosphere. The entrance to the canyon cove is now marked with “no wake” buoys and an open access lane is maintained for increased safety.
Copper Canyon is known for a high — but dangerous — jump rock, which stands approximately 80-ft. tall. Unless you’re an experienced rock jumper, it is recommended to jump from the lower tiers of the formation.
Copper Canyon is also a popular dive spot. Dedicated divers scour the canyon floor after holiday weekends to collect items dropped overboard, such as sunglasses, Go-Pros, anchors, cell phones, and … shoes. Additionally, Kathy Weydig and Joel Silverstein, of Tech Diving, Limited, head a crew of volunteers for the annual Copper Canyon Underwater Clean-up. The efforts of these volunteers help to keep the canyon bottom clean and allow for a healthy aquatic life.
How do you know you’ve arrived? Look for the famous keyhole rock that sits high above the entrance to the canyon!
Managed by: California
Accessibility: Boat only
Distance from Thompson Bay: 2.62 nautical miles (3 miles)