A Few Days in Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City, AZ

On Monday we left Bullhead City and continued our trek south along the Colorado River to Lake Havasu City, a scenic drive of about 80 miles.  We were fortunate to be able to get a four day reservation at Lake Havasu State Park, on the north side of the city right on the lake.

Lake Havasu’s main claim to fame is the London Bridge.  We wrote about the bridge and its move from London in a blog from our previous stop here in 2014.  If you’re interested in the story click here to read that blog.

Since we spent two weeks here during our previous visit we didn’t feel the need to do much exploring during this stay.  Most our our time was spent cleaning the motorhome inside and out, as well as time just sitting outside enjoying the view of the lake and the mountains of California to the west.

Besides the bridge, another claim to fame of this area is its lighthouses.  Lake Havasu City is home to more lighthouses than any other city in the entire country. These scaled-down replicas are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous lighthouses on East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes. More than eighteen can be seen on the shores of the lake. Most can be hiked to while some are only accessible by boat.

Fire Island Lighthouse – Fire Island, NY

This large collection of lighthouses was originally started for safety purposes. The Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, a local non-profit group, wanted to make the lake a safe place for night boating and fishing.  Instead of just settling on simple lighthouses that could be cheaply produced, they  chose to pay homage to the famous lighthouses by making smaller replica lighthouses.

Point Gratiot Lighthouse – Dunkirk, NY

All of the lighthouses on the west side of Lake Havasu are replicas of famous lighthouses on the West Coast, while the east side consists of East Coast replicas. The lighthouses around the island are all replicas of lighthouses from the Great Lakes. As per the coast guard’s navigational regulations, lighthouses on the west coast use a green beacon, while east coast lighthouses use a red beacon.

Split Rock Lighthouse – Two Harbors, MN

Currituck Beach Lighthouse – Corolla, NC

After our four day stay we headed south on AZ 95 along the Colorado River.  At Parker we turned west and headed into California on CA 62.

Crossing into California

Once across the river we continued for another hundred miles to the town of Twentynine Palms.  We will be staying here for a week while we explore more of Joshua Tree National Park.  We’ve visited this park twice before, but it is a huge park so there are plenty of new areas to explore.

More on that later . . .

Busy skies over Lake Havasu

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31 Responses to A Few Days in Lake Havasu City

  1. Susan Bank says:

    Can’t think of a better place to sit and enjoy the views!

  2. Debbie L says:

    Such a beautiful setting. Wow!
    And those lighthouses are just amazing. What a huge investment they made. Has that helped with tourism? Sure makes me want to go!

  3. Sherry says:

    I just wrote about doing the same thing, relaxing in a place we’ve been before and have done the “sights”. Love the story of the lighthouses. I’d love to see them. Have you seen all their namesakes? Seems like the lake is trying to attract tourists with them and the bridge. I always thought London should not have sold it. Lovely skies.

  4. We’ve just driven through Lake Havasu or shopped there when staying in the desert–maybe we should have explored a bit more!

  5. exploRVistas says:

    I’m confused on the green beacons on the west coast. Umpqua in Oregon is red…or is this only at Lake Havasu?

  6. Biking to the lighthouses is a good idea, we’ll have to do that next time we are in Havasu.

    • placestheygo says:

      You and Hans could get to more lighthouses than we did with your mountain bikes. You need to ride dirt/rocky paths to several of the lighthouses. It makes for a fun day with pretty views the whole ride.

  7. Laurel says:

    We’ve never been to Lake Havasu, but I think we’d enjoy biking to the lighthouses. Looks like you had a nice site!

    • placestheygo says:

      You need to put the Lake Havasu SP on your list. You two would love it here. It is so nice to be able to walk or bike to most places (except hiking) from the park. The sites along the water are nice.

  8. Anne Barnhorst says:

    What a fun fact about the lighthouses! Thank you for sharing!

  9. pmbweaver says:

    I love looking at lighthouses.
    If we get to LH again, we will stay at the state park. It looks awesome.
    We stayed in Twentynine Palms too when we were visiting Joshua Tree. Beautiful area. Have fun!

  10. Gay says:

    Such a beautiful spot to catch up and relax for a few days. So cool to see all the lighthouses!

  11. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    Love Havasu and the State Park. The only negative when we were there a few years ago were the many boats with open exhaust systems. Safe travels!

    • placestheygo says:

      It was nice being at the lake during the week at an off time of year. We only had a couple loud boats, enough to entertain us but not to annoy. We can’t imagine what it must be like in the summer.

  12. LuAnn says:

    I haven’t been to Lake Havasu for years, not since we took our ski boat there. I don’t even remember the lighthouses being there back then.

  13. Nancy says:

    Beautiful setting with gorgeous light houses!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. geogypsy2u says:

    I have seen London Bridge and usually avoid Havasu but now that I know about the lighthouses will put it on the list. Nice to return to places and see something new.

  15. PAMELA LEONARD says:

    Cool lighthouses!

  16. Love Havasu. Thanks for the information on the lighthouses. My hubby and I are looking for houses there in about a month!!!

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