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Sept. 18, 2018

US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round in Lake Havasu


2018 US Freestyle PWC Championship - Fall Round in Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round

The best of the best competed on Lake Havasu back in May for the spring round. Now, they're back for the Lake Havasu US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round. This is one of the best freestyle competitions you'll ever see out on the water.


  • What: Lake Havasu US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round
  • Where: Rotary Community Park - Maps & Directions
  • When: Saturday, September 22nd, 1 pm to 8 pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Contact: Vaclav Zacek, PWC Freestyle USA www.pwcfreestyleusa.com



Juniors (up to 15 years old), ladies and veterans (45 years and older) compete for top honors at the US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round in Lake Havasu. A huge portion of the lake located right off Rotary Park will be designated as the PWC Freestyle competition area. Riders compete for best trick as well as best freestyle in beginner, 800, 900, and 1200 categories. Since this is the last shot contestants have to qualify for this year's IJSBA World Finals, rest assured that these guys and gals will be showing off only the sickest of moves.

Lake Havasu US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round

The main freestyle competition begins at 1:30 pm. Each rider performs their best tricks over a two minute routine. Each rider receives two chances to land their chosen tricks. Judges critique difficulty, variety, execution, number of tricks and flow. At 6:30 pm (after dusk), the Best Trick of the Night contest starts up. And this is where the crowd really goes wild! The top three winners in each category receive prize money, with 50% of the purse going to 1st place, 30% to second and 20% to third.

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The US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round takes place right in front of Tinnell Sports Park. Spectators watch for free. Organizers suggest you arrive early to find a good viewing spot. Bring your beach chairs and blankets to watch in comfort. Please leave pets at home for their comfort as well as the comfort of other spectators.

Lake Havasu US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round

Come and watch the US Freestyle PWC Championship Fall Round on September 22nd. Whet your appetite for the Blowsion World Finals that kicks off the following weekend. Where else can you watch amazing competition out on the water at the end of September and into October? No place better than Lake Havasu City, that's for sure.


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Sept. 6, 2018

Ranger Boats South Team Classic Bass Tournament 2018


American Bass South Team Classic Bass Tournament at Lake Havasu State Park

South Team Classic Bass Tournament Lake Havasu

Another month. Another bass tournament. Yes, with our warm temperatures and sunny skies, fishing tournaments take place in Lake Havasu City almost year round. The American Bass/Ranger Boats South Team Classic Bass Tournament 2018 starts up its fall season in Havasu on September 21st and 22nd.


  • What: Ranger Boats South Team Classic Bass Tournament 2018
  • Where: Windsor / Lake Havasu State Park - Maps & Directions
  • When: September 21st & 22nd, 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Contact: American Bass www.americanbass.co (714) 423-4532


Based out of Seal Beach, CA, American Bass hosts several tournaments all around the country each year. Their team classics are the biggest in the country. At the American Bass/Ranger Boats South Team Classic Bass Tournament 2018, each two-man team will be allowed to "warm-up" with some restricted pre-fishing on the Wednesday and Thursday before the competition. Biggest fish wins. Weigh-ins take place during competition hours only.


You must be a member of American Bass in order to participate in any of their tournaments. Each two-man team must have at least one person aged 18 years or older. Any participant under 18 must present written consent from their parent or guardian in order to participate. Each team must compete together. Single anglers will not be counted towards the final tally. All teams must compete with the partner they qualified with. Switching partners negates any points earned at the weigh-in.

American Bass Fishing

Membership in American Bass costs just $30 per year or $35 for a family membership. You can download a membership form when you visit www.americanbass.co/images/forms/form_membership.pdf. If you sign up as an official team with the family membership, remember: this is the two-person team that you will compete with in all future tournaments for the year. They allow husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent/child, etc.

American Bass fishing tournament Lake Havasu AZ

After they leave our shores, the American Bass/Ranger Boats South Team Classic Bass Tournament heads to Roosevelt Lake, WA in October. From there, they compete at Lake Shasta in November. Check out the 30 day tournament calendar here.

Lake Havasu and Colorado River Fishing Reports

Even if you don't compete, come down to watch the tournament weigh-ins. They can be quite entertaining as well. Good luck and happy fishing!

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Aug. 29, 2018

2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival


Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival

Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival

Lake Havasu provides endless hours of entertainment. Boating, jetskiing, parasailing, tubing, swimming, and floating. So many opportunities to enjoy what the lake has to offer. The lake helps quell some of the heat we feel throughout the hottest of times. What could make it even better? How about a concert right on the lake? That's what happens at the 2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival.


  • What: 2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival
  • Where: Beach Shack Rentals - 1340 N McCulloch Blvd / Maps & Directions 
  • When: Sept 15th & 16th, 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Admission: $20/adult, Free/kids under 14
  • Contact: (928) 496-1020 or via email info@havasu-palooza.com




Our hottest month in Lake Havasu City is July. We've already begun to cool down a little in August. By mid-September, we're usually out of the triple digits. But it's still plenty warm enough to enjoy the lake. That makes it the perfect time for the 2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival. Organizers will set up a floating stage outside Beach Shack Rentals right next to London Bridge Beach. Maps & Directions

Havasu Palooza Music Festival


Forget about getting out of the water. Enjoy a live concert from several fantastic country bands while aboard your own boat, personal watercraft or float. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land, the floating stage will be set up just off the shoreline. Pull up a beach chair or set down a blanket and listen in comfort.

Saturday is concert day. Currently, the musical line-up includes Brad Johnson & the Killin' Time Band, Redneck Rodeo, Chris Lozano & the Dixie Playboys, and Tina Michelle & the Rhinestone Cowboys. Organizers are still busy booking other musical acts. So, don't be surprised if a few more take the stage.

Bands are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and up to 4 bands may perform until 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 5:30 p.m., at which time the PWCs and patrol boats will assist boaters in exiting the event area. Sunset is scheduled for 6:44 p.m. on the event day.

A shuttle boat will patrol to provide mooring occupants rides to the shore to utilize restrooms or to enjoy the floating area.

Havasu Palooza Country Music Festival

Sunday's the day to kick back and unwind. Boaters are welcome to meet up, shop the vendors, and visit with others in the Lake Havasu boating community. There will also be a "Steamboat Sunday Boaters Meetup". No bands, just the boating community hanging out recovering/unwinding having a good time with family and friends. 

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Several food and beverage vendors will set up on shore both days offering snacks, treats, beer, and other tasty cuisine. Since this is a country music BOATING festival, you're going to see boat vendors along the shoreline, too. Bring cash with you. Not every vendor accepts cards and ATMs will not be available.


For tickets, visit the 2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival website here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/havasu-palooza-country-music-festival-tickets-47676495682. General admission costs $20 per person for anyone aged 14 or older. VIP tickets are also available. For $150, you receive front pit boat parking. For $500, rent a beached cabana boat. VIP tickets are limited and must be secured no later than one week before the event.

Welcome fall the Havasu way. Get your tickets for the 2018 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Festival today.


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Aug. 21, 2018

JamFest 2018


JamFest 2018 at Sundance Saloon on the Parker Strip

JamFest on the Parker Strip

As summer winds down, the music heats up. If you like to rock and enjoy time at the river, you're going to love JamFest AZ 2018. This live music festival features some of the best acts to come out of LA. And they'll be playing live for a two-day jam fest like nothing you've ever seen before.


  • What: JamFest AZ 2018 - www.JamFestAZ.com
  • Where: Sundance Saloon - 5920 Riverside Dr, Parker, AZ - Map & Directions
  • When: August 24th & 25th, 6 pm to 2 am
  • Admission: FREE


Sundance Saloon sits right on the Colorado River. So, after a day of play on the water, head to the saloon for JamFest 2018. Admission is free. Sundance offers great food and drink specials all night long.

Sundance Saloon JamFest 2018

The three headliners: Pump5, Stonebreed, and Venrez, all come from LA's hard rock scene. Pump5 whips up the crowd with their original SoCal Rock tunes. Stonebreed plays hard rock music with a definite Southern Metal edge. And Venrez offers up Alternative Rock for guests at JamFest 2018. Other bands currently on the schedule for the two-day fest include local boys Up an' Atom (out of Bullhead) and Poison Made Sinners (out of Kingman), both playing their own brand of punk rock for the people.

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Aug. 8, 2018

Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash


Southwest Kayaks Hosts Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash 2018

Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash

If you love to fish any time of the year, then Lake Havasu is the place to be. Southwest Kayaks hosts their Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash 2018 beginning this weekend. They offer a full week of trolling the lake in search of the beautiful bass that live in these waters.



The rules for Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash are simple. Whoever catches the biggest bass wins! Fish anytime and anywhere you want between midnight on August 10th and midnight on August 17th. No live bait allowed. To be considered for the grand prize, send a photo of your fish measured with an official Hawg Trough device to the event organizer. Each contestant receives an ID card with their registration. Make sure you include your ID card in the photo for verification.

Bass fishing Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu Big Bass Bash 2018 offers 100% payback. Prizes will be determined by how many anglers sign up. The registration deadline is at 4 pm on August 9th. You must register in person at Southwest Kayaks in the English Village. For more info, contact Southwest Kayaks. Good luck!


Lake Havasu Bass Fishing Tips

Largemouth bass prefer early mornings. But they tend to be scarce this time of year. Smallmouth bass like to swim early in the morning or late in the afternoons. However, they also tend to be scarce at this time of year. Most likely, you'll be seeing striped bass roaming the waters. Like its smallmouth cousin, striped bass prefer early mornings or late afternoons. Small gatherings of birds on the lake's surface provide a good indication that bass lurk below. Experts recommend topwater lures in the early morning hours. For afternoon fishing, switch to shad imitations.


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July 20, 2018

Arizona Boater Education Class


Arizona Boater Education Class in Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu boating

If you've ever been out on Lake Havasu, you know how crazy it can get on the lake in the summer. While accidents happen, most are unavoidable. Proper education helps you identify potential risks to avoid accidents. Thankfully, the Arizona Game & Fish Department offers a free Arizona Boater Education Class for Lake Havasu residents.


  • What: Arizona Boater Education Class
  • Where: Apex Arms Facility 2176 McCulloch Blvd Ste 8 - Maps & Directions
  • When: July 21st, Aug. 18th, Sept. 15th & Oct. 20th, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Arizona GFD https://www.register-ed.com/programs/arizona/11


Once a month through October, the AZ Game & Fish Dept. puts on a free Arizona Boater Education Class at Apex Arms. In this class, students learn how to operate boats as well as personal watercraft safely around the lake. You'll also find out the local laws and regulations regarding motorized craft on the waterway. This course covers proper trailering techniques, how to anchor correctly, buoys, navigation rules, and how to deal with emergencies when out on the water.

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Each Arizona Boater Education Class is open to a maximum of 20 students. However, at least four must be signed up in order for a class to take place. If the minimum requirement isn't met, that month's class will be canceled. So, it's imperative that you sign up as soon as possible. To do so, simply visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/arizona/11. Select the class you're interested in and sign up online. Check back often. More Havasu classes could be added in the future. There are still a few seats left for the July 21st class. But you'll need to hurry to sign up.

Lake Havasu Boating

It's a great idea to have the entire family sign up for a class together. In Arizona, you must be at least 12 years old to operate any watercraft with 8 hp or more. So, get your pre-teen ready to take over the helm if necessary by getting them into a class now. The more people who know proper safety techniques on the water, the better. You never know when you'll need to call on someone else to take over while you're out on the lake. It's better to be safe than sorry.


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July 12, 2018

Crusin on Main and Bike Night


Bikes on Wednesdays and Classic Cars on Thursdays!

Bike Night at the Flying X Lake Havasu

Why wait 'til the weekend to have fun in Lake Havasu City? Whether you're a motorcycle or classic car enthusiast, you can do some weeknight cruisin' on Lake Havasu streets along with other like-minded individuals. Show off your ride and have a good time. That's what it's all about!


  • What: Bike Night
  • Where: Flying X Saloon - 2030 McCulloch Blvd
  • When: Every Wednesday, 7 pm to 11 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Flying X Saloon (928) 854-3599


Every Wednesday night is Bike Night at the Flying X Saloon. Park your bike along the boulevard. Enjoy live music from some of the area's best country, rock and blues bands. From 6 pm to 10 pm, ladies pay half price for wine. Date night anyone? All bike lovers are welcome to participate. Or, just come to eat, drink, and listen to great music while admiring the motorcycles out front. Not a bad way to get through hump day!




Crusin' on Main 

Crusin on Main Lake Havasu

  • What: Cruisin' on Main
  • Where: McCulloch Blvd/Main St
  • When: Every Thursday, starts at 5 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: (928) 230-8076


If four wheels are more your thing, then head downtown any Thursday night of the year. Classic cars fill the streets beginning at 5 pm. You'll see restored hot rods, Mustangs, Corvettes, T-Birds, Chargers, and so much more. Visit with the owners of each car to learn more about what went into bringing life back into these gorgeous vehicles. When you get thirsty, step inside the beer garden. Or, grab a bite to eat and drink at any of the restaurants along Main St. Of course, you can't have classic cars without some classic tunes. Admission is free but the memories are priceless.

You don't have to wait until the weekend to enjoy what our city has to offer. Bikes on Wednesdays. Cars on Thursdays. Fun every day. It's all here when you do some weeknight cruisin' on Lake Havasu streets.


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June 29, 2018

4th of July Fireworks in Lake Havasu 2018


Fireworks Over The Lake in Lake Havasu City

4th of July fireworks in Lake Havasu

This year, Independence Day occurs smack dab in the middle of the week. Thousands of people head to the lake for the day. The water offers a welcome respite from the triple-digit temperatures. But when the sun goes down, the skies light up. That's when the 2018 4th of July fireworks show takes place in Lake Havasu City.


Since the fireworks will be set off from the south side of the island, spectators can view it from pretty much anywhere around the Thompson Bay. Beginning at 9 pm, tune your radio to 980AM KNTR for a musical simulcast to accompany the pyrotechnic show. It's fun to watch by land and by lake.


Since viewing areas around the bay fill up pretty quickly, you're going to want to scout out a spot early. The best places to view the 4th of July fireworks in Lake Havasu City is either at Rotary Beach or the Nautical Beachfront Resort. Both offer plenty of free parking and unobstructed views of the light show. While coolers are acceptable at Rotary Park, they aren't allowed at the Nautical Resort. Alcohol is prohibited at both locations. London Bridge Beach (on the north end of the bay) offers another great location for fireworks viewing. Go ahead and bring your cooler if you'd like. 


For a truly unique viewing experience, stay out on the lake after dark. Lots of people enjoy this. So, make sure to find a spot early on to stay. Keep in mind the lake police will be out in full force on the 4th. Also, keep in mind that the boat ramps get crowded after the show. Expect extended wait times here.

Lake Havasu fireworks

Finally, don't bring your pets to the fireworks show. Let them stay in the comfort and peaceful surroundings of your home instead. Loud noises and crowds can scare even the most docile of creatures. Their hearing is much more acute than ours. The fireworks show is no place for them to be.


Have fun. Be safe. And have a happy 4th of July, Havasu style!


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June 5, 2018

Boating on Lake Havasu


Traditionally, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer across the country. However, here in Lake Havasu, boaters take to the water almost year round. We should be seeing a significant increase in water traffic over the next few months, though. So, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some Lake Havasu boating tips.

Lake Havasu boating safety

Safety on the Lake

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a summer that goes by without us hearing about someone getting hurt on the lake due to reckless behavior or improper operation. In reality, most of the accidents on the lake are totally preventable.

Lake Havasu boating safety

Here are just a few tips - State law requires that everyone on board any watercraft on the lake have ready access to an appropriately-sized life jacket. Make sure you don't leave your launch site without checking your inventory.

Also make sure you have at least one throwable floatation device within reach of the captain! Having it buried under a seat and having to dig around for it when pulled over will count against you!

Something you might overlook? Your registration numbers! If you have an outdated registration sticker, you will get pulled over.

You must be at least 12 years old to operate any motorized vessel on the water in Arizona. If you're on the California side of the lake, you must be at least 16.

If you're towing somebody, at least two people need to be on board the watercraft: one to steer, the other to signal a rider in the water.

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And yes, of course you can get a ticket for a OUI when operating a watercraft. Officers are on the lookout at all times, but especially during busy summer weekends. Anyone caught operating a vehicle while intoxicated will be issued a ticket and have to pay a fine. You may even face jail time. So, play it smart and don't drink while behind the wheel. Always have a plan and leave the dock with a designated operator! 

Of course, this post is not a complete list of every boat law and safety tip there is...

For a complete list of Arizona boating laws, please visit: www.golakehavasu.com/activities/boating/boating-safety/arizona-boating-laws



Launch Sites Around the Lake 

With a 45 mile long lake, boaters have several locations to launch from. In fact, you'll find 11 motorized and six non-motorized launch sites up and down the lake. Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Havasu Springs ResortSite 6, Lake Havasu Marina and Windsor State Park rank high with local boaters for their convenience and location. Crazy Horse, the marina and Site 6 are located on the island, right across from the London Bridge while the Havasu Springs Resort is actually located in Parker, approximately 23 miles south of town. While Crazy Horse and Site 6 don't offer a gas dock, Havasu Springs Resort as well as Havasu marina do. Crazy Horse and Havasu Springs charge a fee to use them. However, Site 6 is a public launch facility and does not. Be careful, though. Make a note: The steep Site 6 ramp tends to get very slippery. ;-)

Lake Havasu Marina launch ramp

Some of our local resorts like Islander RV Resort, Nautical Beachfront Resort, and Sam's Beachcomber Resort provide launch sites, but, you must be a guest at the resort to use them.

Take Off Point, Bill Williams River, Castle Rock Bay, London Bridge Beach, Mesquite Bay, and Rotary Park allow boaters to launch for free. Take Off Point is a shallow launch site. Small vessels only, please. It's also the only one of these free sites set up for motorized launches.

You'll find a complete list of all available launch sites around Lake Havasu here:

Lake Havasu Launch Ramps and Marinas:www.golakehavasu.com/activities/boating/launch-ramps-marinas/

PDF Map: www.1hhv0k1ngnoz1tz60134tcca-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/LHCCVB-Lake-Map.pdf


Be smart, be safe, and we'll all have a great time on the lake this summer.


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May 17, 2018

2018 Parker Tube Float


41st Annual Parker Tube Float

2018 Parker Tube Float

The Colorado River snakes its way from its namesake to the north (Colorado), down through Arizona, directly into our own Havasu Lake, and on south into Mexico. One of the fun things to do on a lazy summer weekend is to grab your friends and a tube and float along the river. In just a couple of weeks, you can join hundreds of other like-minded individuals for the 2018 Parker Tube Float.


  • What: 2018 Parker Tube Float
  • Where: Buckskin Mountain State Park (Map) to La Paz County Park (Map)
  • When: Saturday, June 9th, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: $20 per person to tube float/$25 per vessel
  • Contact: Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce (928) 669-2174 or via email info@parkeraz.org
  • Register: Click Here to visit the Chambers registration page.


For over 40 years now, the City of Parker has hosted an annual tube float down the Colorado River. This June, the river rats are back at it. For just $20 per float or $25 per motorized vessel, you and your buddies can float down the river in style. The float starts out at Buckskin Mountain State Park at 9 am. You'll wind your way down the river and end up at La Paz County Park



Visit the 2018 Parker Tube Float website to register today (https://parkeraz.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/1817). Be one of the first 300 to register and you'll receive a special swag bag filled with fun, free goodies, including a commemorative tank top. If you don't make it in the first 300 people to qualify for the swag bag, you'll still have an opportunity to purchase your own swag at the event.

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Parking is only available at La Paz County Park. Dropping off is absolutely free. However, to park your car there for the day costs $10 per vehicle. They only take cash. No credit cards. A shuttle will take riders to Buckskin Mountain State Park. Unfortunately, you cannot park at Buckskin. Just make sure you have your 2018 Parker Tube Float wristband to board the shuttle. It comes in your packet you pick-up prior to the event.

Parker Tube Float 2018

Come join the biggest party on the river this year. The 2018 Parker Tube Float is one party you won't want to miss. Make sure you wear lots of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from UV rays. Stay safe and have fun!


  • What: 2018 Parker Tube Float
  • Where: Buckskin Mountain State Park (Map) to La Paz County Park (Map)
  • When: Saturday, June 9th, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: $20 per person to tube float/$25 per vessel
  • Contact: Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce (928) 669-2174 or via email info@parkeraz.org
  • Register: Click Here to visit the Chambers registration page.


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