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 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, 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. Water temperatures range throughout the year, so plan and dress accordingly. Averages of Lake Havasu water and air temperatures are:
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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.
: 1400 S. Smoketree Ave.
: 34.464503, -114.343463
London Bridge Beach
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.
: 1340 McCulloch Bl.
: 34.467539, -114.348644
Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor Beach)
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.
: 699 London Bridge Rd. (Google 699 Old State Highway 95)
: 34.491841, -114.358136
: $10 Mon-Th, $15 Fri-Sun & holidays, $3 individuals/bicycles
Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center
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.
: 100 Park Ave.
GPS: 34.466005, -114.337696
Hours (June & July)
: 12pm-4pm daily
: Saturday only 12pm-5pm
: $5.50 adults, $4.50 children and seniors, kids 3 and under free (open swim); $5 (lap swim)