If Madison County, Iowa, has bridges good enough for author Robert James Waller to write about them, then someone should write about the Beaches of Mohave County; in particular, those dotting the shores of Lake Havasu – 60 continuous miles of lake and river waterways stretching from Needles in the north to the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge by Parker Dam to the south.
You’d think that in a landlocked, desert-heavy state like Arizona, the situation would be grim for beach lovers. Yet Lake Havasu City, the Playground of Arizona’s West Coast, has beautiful sandy lake beaches that are comfortable for swimming most of the year. Unlike the ocean, this freshwater lake ringed by rugged desert mountain peaks has no sharks, jellyfish, or any species of wildlife that make swimming undesirable, not even piranhas which Hollywood would have you believe were swimming around … and in 3-D no less.
What’s more, the water is so clean it winds up as ice for those $35 scotch drinks the stars quaff in Beverly Hills. Indeed, the Colorado River that passes by our shores is a major source of southern California’s water supply.
Now how about a hand for Lake Havasu sand! Lake Havasu State Park gleams these days. One website calls it the “Underrated Beach With The Whitest, Most Pristine Sand In Arizona.” Who are we to argue?
The installation of Caribbean-like white sand has been a huge hit. The white sand, as bright as an eclipse, is specially ordered from a quarry in Nevada. It is a heavier, denser material and less susceptible to blowing away or sticking to blankets.
Meanwhile, according to Charlie Cassens, city manager, “The native sand on city beaches was rehabilitated by excavating, screening and re-spreading it. We also purchased machinery to keep the beaches groomed and the process appears to be successful and keeps ongoing maintenance costs down.”
Beaches to See Before You Die include:
- Rotary Community Park 3, 1400 Smoketree Ave. – The city’s largest waterfront public beach and park, easily accessible by boat or vehicle. Amenities in the 40-acre park include picnic areas, barbecues, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, ball fields, bocce ball courts, restrooms, a walking path, exercise stations, skate park, and more.
- London Bridge Beach, 1340 McCulloch Blvd. (entrance at the corner of McCulloch Blvd. and Beachcomber Blvd.) – Located along the famous Bridgewater Channel, pet-friendly London Bridge Beach features a community stage, fully enclosed dog park, basketball and sand volleyball courts, 12 ramadas (a shelter from rain and sun consisting of just a roof), two playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecues, and more.
- Lake Havasu State Park, 699 London Bridge Road – This beachfront state park offers white sand beaches, picnic tables, grills, ramadas, and hiking trails, as well as RV and tent camping and launch ramps, with one specifically dedicated to personal watercraft.
- Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City along State Route 95 – The white sand beaches, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at the 2,000-acre Cattail Cove State Park offer numerous activities for all to enjoy. There are also 32 boat-in campsites along the lake shoreline within the park. Open year–round, Cattail Cove State Park has lots of open space for running, hiking, swimming, boating, and playing, depending on the season you visit. Cattail Cove is also the perfect spot to watch the sun set at the end of a fun day.
The sand is so white, you’ll need a pair of eclipses glasses to view them at: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arizona/az-white-sand-beach
Learn more about the beaches of LHC here: https://golakehavasu.com/activities/attractions/beaches-and-swimming/