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Best Beaches in Arizona: Lake Havasu 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 experience for beaches in Arizona: beautiful sandy lake beaches and clean, clear, fresh water that’s comfortable for swimming most of the year. With few or no waves, visitors come from Phoenix, California, and all over the Southwest to cool off when summer temperatures soar.

Lake Havasu's 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're a boater, pristine private beaches are plentiful and perfect for a picnic or sunbathing in solitude.

Nearly every part of Lake Havasu is swimmable except the Bridgewater Channel; but that doesn't mean you can't get wet, wading in the channel and staying near the shore is fine! However, swimming across the channel at any time is illegal due to the safety issues that come with swimmers and moving boats - and it's also the law! Unlike the ocean, this freshwater lake has no sharks, jellyfish, piranha, or any species of wildlife that make swimming undesirable; just beautiful, open water surrounded by the best beaches in Arizona. Water temperatures range throughout the year, so plan and dress accordingly. Averages of Lake Havasu water and air temperatures are:

Month Avg. Water
Temp. (°F)
Avg. High Air
Temp. (°F)
Avg. Low Air
Temp. (°F)
Average Air & Water Temperatures
January 50 64 44
February 53 70 47
March 60 77 52
April 63 85 59
May 70 96 69
June 75 105 77
July 83 109 85
August 87 108 84
September 79 101 75
October 66 88 62
November 62 74 51
December 59 63 43

Did you know? Lake Havasu City holds the all-time high temperature record in Arizona history with 128° recorded on June 29, 1994, and the city was covered in snowSnow at the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, photo credit Jillian Danielson Photography on December 31, 2014!

Rotary Beach

Rotary Park and Beach, Lake Havasu City AZ -  beaches in Arizona 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 (one specifically for special needs children), six beach volleyball courts, park host locations, ball fields, bocce ball courts, 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: 34.464503, -114.343463
Hours: Dawn-11pm
Fees: Free
Phone: 928-453-8686

London Bridge Beach

London Bridge Beach, Lake Havasu City, AZ - beaches in Arizona Located along the famous Bridgewater Channel, pet-friendly London Bridge Beach features the Chamber of Commerce Community Stage (available for rentals), fully enclosed dog park, basketball courts and sand volleyball courts. Twelve ramadas, two playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecues, 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.

: 1340 McCulloch Bl. (entrance at the corner of McCulloch Bl. and Beachcomber Bl.)
GPS: 34.467539, -114.348644
Hours: Dawn-11pm
Fees: Free
Phone: 928-453-8686

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 one of the most beautiful beaches in Arizona. 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. (Google 699 Old State Highway 95)
GPS: 34.491841, -114.358136
Hours: 6am-10pm
Fees: $10 Mon-Th, $15 Fri-Sun & holidays, $3 individuals/bicycles, $10 oversized vehicle parking
Phone: 928-855-2784

Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center

Lake Havasu City Aquatic CenterIn addition to outdoor swimming in the lake and enjoying the best beaches in Arizona, the Aquatic Center at the C.V. Wood Community Center offers indoor swimming with a splash pool and waterslide for families with young children, a lap pool for all ages, and both youth and adult swim lessons.

Address: 100 Park Ave.
GPS: 34.466005, -114.337696
Hours (June & July): Sun-Fri 12pm-4pm & Sat 12pm-5pm
Hours (Aug-May): Sat 12pm-5pm
Fees: $5.50 adults, $4.50 children and seniors, kids 3 and under free (open swim); $5 (lap swim)
Phone: 928-453-8686