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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.

River Whips boating group

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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May 10, 2018

2018 Freestyle PWC Championship


US Freestyle PWC Championship - Spring Round in Lake Havasu

US Freestyle PWC Championship Havasu

Watching guys race against each other, showing off their fast watercraft is always fun. But it's even more fun to watch those racers flip and turn in the air over the water as well as on it. The US Freestyle PWC Championship 2018 Spring Round comes to Lake Havasu on May 19th to show off spectacular, adrenaline-pumping freestyle moves!


  • What: US Freestyle PWC Championship 2018 Spring Round
  • Where: Bridgewater Channel & under the London Bridge - Maps/Directions
  • When: Saturday, May 19th, 1:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Admission: FREE to spectators


The freestyle-only PWC championship's roots began seven years ago in Europe. Then, three years ago, it crossed the pond and made its way across the US. In Lake Havasu City, we've seen riders perform aerial acrobatics for years. And our toasty temperatures and sunny skies make this a great place for PWC freestylists to compete!



The US Freestyle PWC Championship is broken down into eight major categories, with three new sub-classes. The main categories include Beginner Open, 800, 900, 1200, and best trick for each. New sub-categories for 2018 are Junior (15 years and younger), Ladies, and Veterans (45 and younger). All riders show off their best tricks in a two-minute routine. And the day ends with a "Best Trick of the Night" competition at 7:30 pm. That's a freestyle free-for-all you won't want to miss!

US Freestyle PWC Championship Lake Havasu

The US Freestyle PWC Championship offers no assigned seating. For your comfort, I suggest bringing a lawn chair from home. Thousands of people crowd the Channel for a look at the competition. It might be a good idea to get there a little early to claim your spot before the competition begins.

US Freestyle PWC Championship under London Bridge

The competition will be back to our shores in September for the Fall Round of this nationwide competition. If you miss the Spring Round, you'll be waiting a while to catch it again. So, you might want to mark your calendar so you don't miss this fast-paced competition of skills.


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April 24, 2018

2018 Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament


Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament is Back in Lake Havasu

Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament 2018

A bad day of fishing is still better than any day inside an office. Who knew you could fish in the desert? It turns out that Lake Havasu is chock full of some great fish, including beautiful bass (largemouth, smallmouth and striped), catfish and bluegill. Cast your line in the Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament 2018 in May and you might catch more than just a fish. Cash prizes and bragging rights are at stake!


  • What: Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament 2018
  • Where: Windsor 4, Lake Havasu State Park - Maps & Directions
  • When: Saturday, May 5th, 6 am to 3 pm
  • Admission: $270 per team
  • Contact: Colorado River Pro-Teams (928) 692-5086 or via email largemouth@frontier.com


Back in January, the Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament came to Lake Havasu City for their second round of four sessions in our city this season. Next month, they host their third in town. If you participated in their tournament in December or January, you need only join one more to be eligible for the official "fish off" in June.

Havasu fishing

Now, you don't have to be a member to be part of the competition. Your $270 fee grants you entry into the big fish contest. Enter the largest smallmouth challenge for $20 extra. Whoever catches the biggest smallmouth bass wins the entire pot for that portion of the competition.

Lake Havasu fishing tournament

The top four entries in the main Colorado River Pro-Teams Bass Tournament 2018 win a portion of the pot. So, the more people who enter, the bigger the pay out. Wondering how much that could be? If 20 boats enter, the top catch wins $1800. Not bad for a day's work on the lake, right?

Lake Havasu pro teams fishing

To register, contact Colorado River Pro-Teams at (928) 692-5086 or via email largemouth@frontier.com. All anglers are welcome, no matter their skill level. Good luck!


Colorado River Pro-Teams website: www.coloradoriverproteams.com



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April 12, 2018

2018 Legends of Route 66


4th Annual Lake Havasu Legends ot Route 66 Returns to Windsor 4

Legends of Route 66

Did you know that more than 39,000 homeless vets live on the street across the United States? More than half of them have a mental or physical disability. That's a shame, especially for a rich country like ours. Veterans United makes it their mission to find a home for every vet. They're hosting their 2018 Lake Havasu Legends of Route 66 next weekend.

The profits from this event will go towards helping homeless vets throughout Mohave County.


  • What: 2018 Lake Havasu Legends of Route 66
  • Where: Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 - Maps & Directions
  • When: Saturday, April 21st, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: $10 per adult, Kids under 12 FREE (with paid adult admission)
  • Contact: Frankie Lyons, Veterans United (928) 302-9547 or via email bikerbabeslhc@gmail.com


There's so much to see and do at the Lake Havasu Legends of Route 66 event. Enjoy live music from several acts all day long. Visit the food court for something to snack on. Grab a beer in the beer garden. Then, scout a spot to watch the musicians. Set up your lawn chair (it's strictly BYOC: bring your own chair). Sit back and relax.

Lake Havasu Legends of Route 66

Now, you can't just sit down all day. That's not how we do things here in Havasu. When you need to stretch your legs, visit the vendors. Go see the car show. Take one of the tethered balloon rides (weather permitting). Try your hand at one of the games set up on-site. There's even a poker run scheduled. Buy a raffle ticket for your chance at one of dozens of prizes being given away all day long.

No outside food, drinks or ice chests will be allowed at the 2018 Lake Havasu Legends of Route 66 event. Remember: all profits benefit homeless vets in Mohave County. So, you're going to want to purchase these from the vendors there anyway. Bring cash. Some vendors might not accept cards. Help get our homeless vets off the streets and on their feet again. They've sacrificed so much for us. It's the least we can do for them.


Veteran's United website: www.vetsuniteaz.org


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April 4, 2018

2018 Desert Storm Poker Run


Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout is Back in Lake Havasu for 2018Desert Storm Lake Havasu 2018


Do you like boats? Is time on the water your idea of the perfect day? When you combine the two with a poker run and shootout, you've got a little piece of heaven called the Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout.


  • What: Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout 2018
  • Where: Lake Havasu Channel & Site 6 Docks, McCulloch Street Party - Maps
  • When: April 19th (Street Party) April 20th (Poker Run) & April 21st (Shootout)
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Visit the official website for complete schedule of events: www.stormpokerruns.com



The 2018 Lake Havasu Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout kicks things off with a public street party along McCulloch Blvd in downtown Lake Havasu City at 1 pm on Thursday, April 19th. It's one of the biggest events of the entire year. Last year, over 10,000 people filled Main St to party it up. This is your chance to see the competitors' boats up close. They'll be lined up along the boulevard. Grab your Desert Storm Poker Run memorabilia while you're there, too. Live music and entertainment fill the streets. Several restaurants and bars offer specials for the evening as well. It's a great time that you're not going to want to miss!

 Desert Storm street party havasu

Competition begins after the parade through the Channel at 11 am. Then, participants race five separate stops around the lake. At each stop, they'll pick up a card. By the end of the competition, each racer turns in their five card hand. Best hand wins.

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Cheer them on at the start/finish line or one of several viewing areas along the way. For your best vantage points, bring your lawn chair and scout a spot at London Bridge Beach, anywhere along the Bridgewater Channel, Windsor 4, the English Village, Rotary Park or the Nautical Beachfront Resort.

 desert storm poker run havasu

Stops along the route include Kicker Audio in Havasu Springs, Nordic Boats in Steam Boat Cove, the Havasu Riviera Marina, Queen Ann's Revenge at Havasupai, and Pirate Cove Resort in Chemehuevi. Cards must be turned in between 5 pm and 8 pm to be considered for the grand prize. Join the dock party and concert at Kokomo from 7 pm to 10 pm.

 Desert Storm Lake Havasu 2018

But the fun's not over when the Poker Run ends. The Shootout heats things up at 10 am on Saturday, April 21st. That's when the first competitors race their way through a two-mile course at Site 6, on the California side of the lake.

 desert storm poker run and shootout Havasu

Come see why Performance Boat Magazine named this one of the Top 5 Poker Runs in the US. Whether you watch from the sidelines or join the action yourself, it's a lot of fun!


Visit the official website for complete schedule of events: www.stormpokerruns.com


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March 28, 2018

2018 Lake Havasu Boat Show


The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show is back at Lake Havasu State Park for 2018

Lake Havasu boat show 2018

We really only have two seasons in Lake Havasu City: winter and summer. And our winters are really more like fall. While the calendar may say "spring", we're already enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80's. So, it's time to start planning your summer on the lake right now. How should you do that? By attending the 2018 Lake Havasu Boat Show in April.


  • What: 2018 Lake Havasu Boat Show
  • Where: Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 - Maps & Directions
  • When: April 6th (12 pm to 6 pm), April 7th (9 am to 6 pm) & April 8th (9 am to 3 pm)
  • Admission: $8 per adult (cash only), FREE for kids ages 6 & under - Vendor Discount Coupon

 2018 lake havasu boat show

At the 2018 Lake Havasu Boat Show, more than 140 vendors will be in attendance waiting to answer all your lake and boating related questions. If you're in the market for a new boat, jet ski, Ski Doo, or other watercraft, most vendors offer test drives. In addition to runabouts, day cruisers, fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, and the like, dozens of vendors sell safety equipment, new tech gadgets and more. Lake law requires everyone on board a watercraft to have access to an appropriately-sized life jacket. If you're children (or you) have outgrown last year's model, you might want to purchase some new ones. It's a great opportunity to see all the "new stuff"!



Want to save a little money on admission? Scan the White Sheet and the Today's News Herald every day for special discount coupons. These coupons will also be available at local restaurants and retail stores all the way up until boat show weekend. You can also use this vendor discount coupon. Bring cash with you because that's all they accept at the gate. The venue allows pets as long as they are leashed. 

 River Whips boating group

Coming to the Lake Havasu Boat Show by land? Free parking is available right next to Lake Havasu State Park as well as the shopping centers in the area. However, this is the largest boat show in Arizona and Nevada. So, expect a crowd. Come early to make sure you get a spot. Or, you can come by lake. Park your boat right on the sand at Bridgewater Channel's north end. It's free as well.

 lake havasu boat show

Whether you're in the market for a new boat, want to look at the latest gadgets and gear, or feel like daydreaming a bit, come to the 2018 Lake Havasu Boat Show. Whatever you're in the market for, you're sure to find it here!

Official Lake Havasu Boat Show website: www.lakehavasuboatshow.com


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March 23, 2018

2018 JetJam PWC Racing Series


Rounds 1 & 2 of the JetJam Racing Series Comes to Rotary Beach in Lake Havasu

JetJAM jet ski races Havasu


Some people will be spending Easter Sunday at sunrise service followed by egg hunting. But that's not the only thing going on in Lake Havasu City. In fact, the 2018 JetJam PWC racing season starts Easter weekend. And it's free for all spectators to enjoy.


  • What: 2018 JetJam PWC Racing Series 
  • Where: Rotary Beach - Maps & Directions
  • When: March 31st & April 1st, 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: Free for spectators
  • Official Site: www.jetjam.racing


Come watch pros and amateurs compete in stock and limited, runabout, vintage, ski, and sport classes both Saturday and Sunday. Men, women, and juniors compete in their respective classes in the first two rounds of the 2018 JetJam PWC racing series. You'll see Kawasakis, Yamahas, SeaDoos, Hurricanes, Kommanders, Rickters, Bullets, and more out on the open lake, racing for the top spot in the series. 

JetJAM jet ski races Lake Havasu

Practice sessions start at 9:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Racing begins at 10:30 am. Spectators are free to watch it all from the comfort of their own lawn chair or blanket. If you've got binoculars, you might want to bring those, too. Want to watch the action from your own personal watercraft or boat out on the lake? As long as you stay a safe distance from the race course, you're perfectly welcome to do so.

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Do you have the skills to compete in the 2018 JetJam PWC racing? Register online before March 27th to be a contender. The cost of doing battle depends on which class(es) you enter. For more information, visit JetJam's registration page here: www.jetjam.racing/register-rotary

JetJAM 2018

While many of us enjoy taking our dogs to the lake, Rotary Beach won't allow them on-site, even if they're on a leash. So, please keep them at home. Also, no alcohol will be permitted in the pit area. Everyone must comply with local and state laws when out on the water. Let's stay safe out there. Whether competing in or rooting for racers in the 2018 JetJam PWC races, it'll be a fun weekend for everyone.


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