The Best Campsites at Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu

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Created by the damming of the Colorado River, Lake Havasu is one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest for boating, fishing, and water sports. Visitors come from throughout Arizona and neighboring California and Nevada to spend a day on the water, and instead of booking a hotel, many of them opt to spend the night camping under the stars.

Lake Havasu offers a variety of camping options for outdoor enthusiasts, from developed lakeside spots to upscale RV resorts and dispersed camping in the desert hills nearby. Some campgrounds even offer cabins if you don’t have an RV, trailer, or tent. Here’s our guide to the best campgrounds in
the area.

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Lake Havasu State Park

Beach on Lake Havasu

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This state park campground features developed sites with 50 amp electrical hookups, water, picnic tables, fire ring, showers and flushable toilets. Campers have quick access to the park’s boat launch as well as the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden and the 1.75-mile Mohave Sunset Trail. For those who would rather stay on dry land, the campground has sandy beaches (but no lifeguards) and is only a few minutes’ drive from the shopping and restaurants near the London Bridge.

Prices range from $35 for general campsites to $40 for beachfront spots. The park also rents out 13 beachfront cabins for $119 per night ($129 per night on holidays). From April 1 through Sep. 30, there is a two-night minimum stay on weekends, meaning you must book both Friday and Saturday nights. Holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, require a three-night minimum stay.

699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, USA
Phone +1 877-697-2757
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Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park

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Located 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City, this state park has several boat-in
campsites. From the campground, boaters can head north towards the London
Bridge Channel or south to Parker Dam. Many people prefer camping at Cattail
Cove because its sites offer more privacy, and the campground is surrounded by
nature, not a city.

Cattail Cove has 61 sites suitable for RV and tent camping. Four of these have 50 amp hookups while the other 57 have 30 amp. The sites are available on a first come, first served basis, though it may be more difficult to find an available site during the winter, when reservations are encouraged. The sites feature picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets and range in price from $30 to $40 per night. Like Lake Havasu State Park, Cattail Cove has a two-night minimum stay for weekend camping during the summer and a three-night minimum for holiday weekends.

AZ-95, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406, USA
Phone +1 928-855-1223
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Shoreline campsites

Boat-in campsites on Lake Havasu

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 73 boat-in campsites along the Arizona shore from just south of Lake Havasu City to Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Each sites includes a picnic table and barbecue grill, and most have a restroom (usually pit toilets) and a shade structure. Unfortunately, you can’t reserve a preferred site. They’re available on a first come, first served basis only.

To camp at a one of these shoreline campsites, you’ll need to purchase a site pass at Passes can be purchased by the day for $10 or annually for $100.

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Crazy Horse Campgrounds

Crazy Horse Campgrounds

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The oldest campground and RV park on the lake, Crazy Horse Campgrounds sits at the end of the London Bridge. In addition to its 612 RV sites, 200 tent sites, and 10 cabins, Crazy Horse has a convenience store, laundromat, pool, hot tub,
shuffleboard court, and a recreation room with live music and game nights. It also has onsite boat and Jet Ski rentals and a boat launch.

Daily fees start at $55 for a standard campsite and $60 for a beachfront site and go up to $100 for a campsite with a dock. Cabins start at $160 per night and include a bathroom, refrigerator, TV, and other amenities.

1534 Beachcomber Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, USA
Phone +1 928-855-4033
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La Paz County Park

La Paz County Park

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If you plan to stay longer than the standard two week maximum, La Paz County Park might be a good option. The park allows campers to stay for up to six months and provides access to two launch ramps. RV campers can camp in one of 114 designated sites, some of which are on the shore while dry campers can set up under large shade trees. In addition to 12 restrooms, four with indoor showers, the park has horseshoe pits, trails, and playground.

Dry campsites cost $20 per day, $120 per week, and $260 per month. For a few dollars more, you have the option to tent camp under a ramada during the summer. RV sites are slightly higher: $30 per day, $170 per week, and $385 per month, plus 17 cents per kilowatt per hour.

7350 Riverside Dr, Parker, AZ 85344, USA
Phone +1 928-667-2069
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Islander RV Resort

Islander RV Resort Lake Havasu

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Set on 1.5 miles of shore on the other side of the London Bridge, Islander RV Resort boasts a private launch ramp, boat slips, sandy beaches, a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, and convenience store. It’s best for RV campers who want onsite entertainment like pickleball and cornhole when they aren’t on the water. There’s even a clubhouse with billiards and crafts.

Each site 36’ by 50’ gravel campsite comes with full hookup, including 30 or 50 amp electricity. You’ll pay $59 for back-in sites, $63 for pull through sites, and $95 for motorhome lakeview sites. Vacation rentals are also available, starting at $189 per night.

Islander RV Resort, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, USA
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Campbell Cove RV Resort

Campbell Cove RV Resort

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Situated on a hill overlooking the lake, Campbell Cove RV Resort has 113
campsites just minutes from the public boat launch at Lake Havasu State Park.
Guests enjoy full hookups, showers, laundry, and a fitness center, but the biggest perk may be property’s onsite RV and boat storage. For the entire summer, May 1 through September 30, you can keep your RV and boat at Campbell Cove for $400 per month plus electricity.

If you don’t plan to stay quite so long, you’ll pay $43 per night or $235 per week, plus electricity, for a 40’ site during the summer. Winter rates are slightly higher.

1523 Industrial Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, USA
Phone +1 928-854-7200
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Standard Wash OHV Area

Off-roading near Lake Havasu

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For those who prefer motorsports to watersports, the Standard Wash OHV Area offers access to the region’s extensive off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail system. Because it is public land, you can disperse camp anywhere in the area for free as long as you don’t stay for more than 14 days. The Standard Wash Area is located five miles south of Lake Havasu City, just off I-95.

Despite the free camping, this isn’t really a good option for campers who want to spend the day on the water. You’ll have to drive on dirt roads to find a campsite, and you are miles from the nearest boat launch. Note that there are no amenities, not even pit toilets at the Standard Wash OHV Area.

7001 AZ-95, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406, USA
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Havasu Springs Resort

Havasu Springs Resort

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You’ll find more than 100 full hookup RV sites plus rooms in the resort at this property just minutes from Parker Dam. In addition to a swimming pool and onsite restaurant, Havasu Springs Resort has its own executive 9-hole golf course and provides discounts on local ATV rentals and more. Basic services include restrooms, showers, and laundry.

Rates start at $10 per night for Colorado River Adventure Members or those willing to watch a presentation about the benefits of becoming a member. Otherwise rates average $50 per night.

2581 AZ-95, Parker, AZ 85344-8701, USA
Phone +1 928-667-3361
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Havasu Landing Resort & Casino

Havasu Landing Resort & Casino

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One of the few campgrounds on the California side of the lake, Havasu Landing Resort & Casino has both RV and tent camping in addition to rooms in its resort. Campers have access to the property’s three boat launches, its marina, and boating slips plus a ferry that goes to the Arizona side of the lake.

A dry campsite or tent camping on the waterfront costs just $20 per night while RV sites with full hookup range from $40 per night to $65 per night for a premium site. Prices increase for holiday weekends when there is a 4-night minimum stay.  

13145 Havasu Lake Rd, Needles, CA 92363, USA
Phone +1 760-858-4593
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The Best Campsites at Lake Havasu