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Beaches & Swimming



You’d think that in a landlocked state like Arizona, the situation would be grim for beach lovers.  Not so!  Lake Havasu (also known as Arizona’s West Coast) serves up a supreme Arizona beach experience: beautiful sandy lake beaches and clean, clear, fresh water that’s comfortable for swimming most of the year. With few or no waves, it’s perfect for cooling off in the summer when temperatures soar, and it remains warm and relaxing well into fall.

These lovely lake beaches are the perfect hangout spots for families – you can truly relax in the warm sand without worrying about dangerous fish or riptide currents.  If you go on a boat, pristine private beaches are plentiful and perfect for a picnic or sunbathing in solitude. People who boat and hang out at the lake are friendly and social.

Nearly every part of Lake Havasu is swimmable. There is no swimming allowed in the Bridgewater Channel, but everywhere else is open. Unlike the ocean, this freshwater lake, has no sharks, jellyfish, pirahna, or any species of wildlife living it that make swimming undesirable. Just beautiful, open water. Water temperatures range throughout the year, so plan and dress accordingly. Averages of Lake Havasu water and air temperatures are:

month
avg. surface
water temp. (°F)
avg. high
air temp. (°f)
average temperatures
January 50 66
February 53 71
March 60 77
April 63 85
May 70 95
June 75 104
July 83 108
August 87 107
September 79 101
October 66 88
November 62 75
December 59 65

In addition to outdoor swimming in the lake, the Aquatic Center at the C.V. Wood Community Center offers indoor swimming with a splash pool and waterslide for families with young children as well as a lap pool for all ages.

Rotary Beach

Rotary Park and Beach, Lake Havasu City AZ Rotary Beach is Lake Havasu City’s largest waterfront public beach and park. It is easily accessible by boat or vehicle. The 40-acre facility includes amenities such as picnic areas, barbecues, multiple playgrounds for kids, volleyball courts, ball fields, a designated swim area, restrooms, a walking path, exercise stations and a skate park. Day boaters enjoy the sandy beaches and calm waters due to its location inside the 5-mph no-wake zone of Thompson Bay, within walking distance of the London Bridge.

Address: 1400 S. Smoketree Ave.
GPS: 34.27.88N/114.20.84W
Hours: Dawn-10:30pm
Fees: Free
Phone: 928-453-8686
Website: lhcaz.gov/operations/parks/rotaryPark.html

London Bridge Beach

London Bridge Beach, Lake Havasu City, AZ Located along the famous Bridgewater Channel, pet-friendly London Bridge Beach features a community stage, fully enclosed dog park, basketball and sand volleyball courts.  Picnic tables, barbecues, playground, designated swim area and grassy expanses make London Bridge beach a perfect place to spend the day, all within sight of the world-famous London Bridge. Leashed pets are welcome outside the enclosed dog park. Day mooring is available along the channel on a first-come, first-served basis for those who boat in.  

Address
: 1340 McCulloch Blvd.
GPS: 34.28.058N/114.20.921W
Hours: Dawn-10:30pm
Fees: Free
Phone: 928-453-8686
Website: lhcaz.gov/operations/parks/londonbridgebeach.html

Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor Beach)

Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City AZ Right on the shores of Lake Havasu, the beach offers panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond. White-sand beaches, picnic tables, grills and ramadas make this the perfect site to enjoy the beach. Leashed pets are welcome. You can also hike along the Mohave Sunset Trail, a short but scenic 1.75 mile walk, as well as through the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden, home to diverse species of plants and wildlife.

Address: 699 London Bridge Rd.
GPS: 34.29.515N/114.21.488W
Hours: 6am-10pm
Fees: $10 Mon-Th, $15 Fri-Sun & holidays
Phone: 928-855-2784
Website: azstateparks.com/parks/laha/index.html