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, the Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout is a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! All performance boaters are invited to participate. The air will be buzzing with the participants’ helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water.
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Spectator boaters, please be extra careful if you’re boating on the lake over the weekend as boat traffic will be unusually heavy – and fast. Personal watercraft drivers, if you plan on being on the water during the weekend’s events, you are urged to peruse our Boating Safety section which provides specific laws pertaining to PWC’s while on the water – Please don’t jump wakes! All PWC’s are legally required to stay at least 60′ from any vessel when outside a no-wake zone. Larger vessels have less control than smaller vessels. PWC operators, please stay clear of the path of boaters!
Desert Storm Street Party: Located in Lake Havasu’s Downtown District is ELECTRIC — and last year’s turnout was over 10,000 people! Many of the boats racing will be on display up and down the boulevard and will take your breath away with their massiveness. Whether you enjoy viewing extreme sport boats or just want to speculate on who will win this year, you do not want to miss out on the excitement of the Desert Storm Street Party. Local restaurants, bars and shops will be open, and the event will feature various vendors.
Desert Storm Parade Through the Channel: 11 a.m. (subject to change, weather permitting) High-performance boats are expected to participate in this year’s event! Drivers will be displaying their boats on parade from Thompson Bay and through the Bridgewater Channel. The best views will be along London Bridge Beach and along the Bridgewater Channel.
Desert Storm Poker Run: After the parade, the drivers will be taking off for the Poker Run, picking up cards at various card stops on the lake.
Desert Storm Shootout: 10 a.m. (subject to change, weather permitting): Drivers run a course starting near the Site Six Launch Ramp and head south. Best viewing for the Shootout will be on the surrounding bluffs on the Island near Site Six to Spectator Point, as well as the Nautical Beachfront Resort at 1000 McCulloch Blvd.
James “Jimmy” Nichols
All spectator events are free! Event dates, times and/or details are subject to change. Please contact event coordinator or check the event website to verify information.