London Bridge in Lake Havasu City
There are two major attractions in Lake Havasu City: Lake Havasu, and the London Bridge. The London Bridge was purchased at auction by Lake Havasu City's founder, Robert P. McCulloch Sr. and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. It was dedicated on October 10, 1971.
You can see the chronological history of the London Bridge at the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce web site.
This is a picture of the Dixie Belle in front of the famous London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. The Dixie Belle takes a one hour tour around the area several times each day. There are refreshments and restrooms on board, and you can sit inside or outside.
London Bridge Resort
The London Bridge Resort is one of the premier hotels in the area, providing direct access to the English Village and Lake Havasu. From the back side of the hotel, you can get directly to the arena and the walkways of Bridgewater Channel. You can also access the London Bridge from here--you can walk across it, you know! This picture of the resort was taken while standing on the London Bridge.
Bridgewater Channel and the area marinas start to get busy as the weekend approaches. People come from Arizona, California and much farther away to put some powerful boats in this beautiful lake.
Don't Break the Law at Lake Havasu
Whether it is Spring Break or not, there are rules here at Lake Havasu. This is a family destination, and it is expected that people will act appropriately. Aside from the displayed rules, keep in mind that almost anything goes once boaters have left the channel. If you aren't into loud music and rowdy crowds, please avoid Lake Havasu during Spring Break. It is known as one of the top Spring Break destinations in the country.
Tours at Lake Havasu
During high season, October through March, you can also take a boat tour to Topock Gorge or the Bill Williams Wildlife Refuge. Neither of these places are accessible by car. These boat tours are between two and three hours in duration. These boats have restrooms and snacks on board. I recommend that you make reservations for your tour.
As the summer months get closer, some tourist attractions may not be open. It gets very hot at Lake Havasu in the summertime. Of course, the London Bridge is always there, as is the lake, but if you have a particular tour in mind, call before you make the trip.
Fast Boats at Lake Havasu
The sun shines and the boats are fast at Lake Havasu. Some of these boats cost more than a half a million bucks. They are beautiful! I hear that there's no speed limit outside the Bridgewater Channel, and that it is not uncommon for boats to be traveling in excess of 100 mph. This boat, with an unusual paint job of chile peppers, was from Phoenix, and is called Habanera. That's actually the name of a dance, not a pepper....
Lake Havasu: A Big Lake
Lake Havasu is visited by about 2.5 million people each year. Lake Havasu was created by Parker Dam, and is about 45 miles long, with about 450 miles of shoreline. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Lake Havasu State Park has boat launch ramps and campgrounds that fill up very quickly.
Atop the London Bridge
This gentleman was taking pictures of us as we were taking pictures of him atop the London Bridge, where the American flag and the British flag fly side by side. Apparently, most Brits who visit the London Bridge at Lake Havasu City are happy with its new home. They seem to believe that it is kept in better condition here than it was when it was located over the Thames.
Personal Watercraft and Beaches
Once you are out of the channel, there's plenty of room for everyone with a boat or a personal watercraft. If you don't own your own water toys, you can rent them at Lake Havasu. Once you are out on the lake, it isn't difficult to find lovely white sand beaches where you can play, picnic, or swim.
Gold State Coach
Step into the lobby the the London Bridge Resort--they won't mind!-- to take a look at the world's only replica of England's Gold State Coach. The Gold State Coach was built in 1762. The actual coach carries British Monarchs to their coronation at Westminster Abbey.
To get to Lake Havasu City from the Phoenix area, take 1-10 west from Phoenix to Quartzsite. From here, go north on AZ95, past Parker. Keep going and you'll drive right into Lake Havasu City.