The London Bridge is the most obvious place to paddle in Lake Havasu City. The views are amazing, and this is where most of the big events happen in town.
The channel through the London Bridge can get crowded with boats. However, most boaters gave us plenty of room and obeyed the “no wake zone” policy.
More Exploring the Island
On days we were feeling ambitious, we would paddle around the entire island. It’s about 4-5 miles, and is a considerable amount of work! Personally, I found the kayak easier for longer voyages, as it’s easier to balance. Megan, however, is a pro and can navigate some serious wake without falling!
It’s a Big Lake!
Paddle equipment won’t get you far enough to see the whole lake. Consider making friends with a power boat if you want to REALLY explore Lake Havasu! Boat rentals are fairly reasonable and it really is the best way to explore more of what the lake has to offer.
Travel time has allowed us to really enjoy Lake Havasu before we begin work and continue to settle in. Megan and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend our next 5 months here.
Mountain Biking – SARA Park
Of course we’d get things started with a mountain bike ride! SARA park is about 5 miles from Havasu City, and is a great trail system. It’s rugged, challenging, fun mountain biking.
We’ve hit the park twice now, and look forward to continue exploring the trails. SARA Park is also popular to hike, which will likely be a future endeavor while were here!
New Paddle Equipment!
The whole way to Virginia, we talked about how we’re going to get on the water. Purchasing a Standup Paddle Board (SUP), Kayak, or Canoe were on our minds. So when we got here, we decided to go for it!
We made the decision to go with a SUP (Atoll 11ft Inflatable) and a Kayak Advance Elements 10.5ft Inflatable. We’ve had so much fun on the boards! We can easily paddle to the London Bridge canal and enjoy the nearby beaches. Megan and I have even circled the island, which is about a 3 hour tour (and workout!).
RV Life & Campgrounds
Lake Havasu City has many RV campgrounds, as well as BLM land very near the city. We were very lucky to get a campsite very near the water!
Lake Have-a-brew or Have-a-few, is also a very popular party destination. People vacation from nearby metropolises such as Phoenix, Los Angles, and Las Vegas. Vacationers are often unapologetic when it comes to their “It’s 5 O’clock somewhere” attitude. We’ve enjoyed Mudshark Brewery cans on the SUP & Kayak a couple times because… life’s a beach!
SNOWBIRD /ˈsnōˌbərd/ – A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.
Lake Havasu nearly doubles in population each winter, as it is a very popular snowbird destination. We’ve met many people in the campground who retire to the park each winter. It’s really fun to meet so many travelers! The population literally doubles here in the winter months. RV life is common here and the city has adapted well to meet demand.
The Town & Culture
Lake Havasu City is growing, but still maintains a small town feel. We’ve enjoyed some really nice community events, such as holiday lighting and an RV/ Boat show. We plan on growing as well, and discovering more of what this town has to offer!
Megan and I both started work! We have been getting oriented professionally for this assignment. Megan is on a MedSurg & Tele nursing floor and I (Bobby) joined a framing crew, building additions to Modular homes at a nearby RV resort.
VEGAS BABY! It’s only a day trip, but it involves brunch at the Bellagio with Megan’s Grandmother! I’m sure I’ll find my way to the blackjack table for a minute or two as well…