Oh, Lake Havasu City, how I love thee.
It’s really a great little town, and if you’ve never visited, you should put it on your list. It’s right on the Colorado River, across from California, and sits pretty on Lake Havasu, which was created when Parker Dam was built in the mid-1930’s.
It is also home to the London Bridge… really… not kidding. Seems there was a guy – a very rich one – who for some reason decided to purchase the actual London Bridge from London, England when they decided to replace it with a newer one. This guy, Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Chainsaws fame, spent a ton of money to buy it, have it meticulously disassembled and numbered in London, shipped to Lake Havasu, AZ, and then reassembled. And there it still sits for your curious enjoyment.
There are other things about this delightful little town that make it a desirable destination, such as the multiple festivals they have during the year, the lake and all the water activities that go with that, the fantastic temperatures during the winter months (we are here in January and it was 80 yesterday!), and the large amount of nearby BLM lands, which makes boondocking easy. [For those of you who don’t know, boondocking is a term used for “dry camping” or camping without amenities like water, bathrooms/showers, electricity, etc., on public lands, and it’s free!] There are also several State Parks and multiple RV parks and hotels if boondocking isn’t your style.
There are also a lot of casinos nearby, and even a ferry that will take you from the shores of Lake Havasu City out to an island casino for $2 roundtrip. Quite the bargain!
Here are some of the sites you might just see in Lake Havasu City, should you choose to visit:
If you’re adventurous and want to try boondocking, stay tuned for the next blog. I’ll be including pics of our camp area and our set-up.