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Lake Havasu White Sand Beach from Gone With the Wynns film by Gone With the Wynns

Lake Havasu and the nearby stretches of the Colorado River – Arizona’s “West Coast” – are known for having a multitude of hidden coves and beaches. Some beaches are only accessible by boat and many have amenities such as barbecue grills, portable restrooms and shaded picnic tables.

The Sandbar

The Sandbar, Lake Havasu AZ Without question, "the Sandbar” is the most populated boater gathering place on the river. It is located about one mile north of Blankenship Bend. Its wide expanse of shallow water and soft sand bottom lure hundreds of boats to the “bar” on most spring and summer weekend afternoons. Be prepared to spend the day with plenty of beverages, food and sunscreen. Just kick back and enjoy the party... it will be all around you!

GPS: 34.597872,-114.427911
Hours: 24 hrs
Fees: Free (no overnight camping)
Accessibility: Boat only
Closed: The Sandbar is closed to boat mooring during all major holidays and at the discretion of law enforcement.

Body Beach

Body Beach, Lake Havasu CityBody Beach is a half-mile long stretch of shoreline on the Arizona (east) side of the lake.  On any given day, you can find some of the world’s best personal watercraft riders practicing and testing in preparation for their next competition.

GPS: 34.459217, -114.335869
Hours: 24 hrs
Fees: Free
Accessibility: Boat or off-road path accessible by vehicle or on foot

Friendly Island

Friendly Island, Lake Havasu AZ Friendly Island is the kind of place every boater dreams about. Whether it’s for just an hour or several days, Friendly Island offers the shelter and camping conveniences that make boating so much fun. Located in Goose Bay, only a little more than four miles from the London Bridge, Friendly Island has several secluded sandy beaches with ample drop-off for easy boater access. The island is well protected from wind and boat wakes, and has the added comforts of restroom facilities, barbecue stations, ramadas and trash receptacles.

GPS: 34.421638,-114.292195
Hours: 24 hrs
Fees: Free day use, $10 per night for camping up to six people, $2 for each additional person
Phone: 928-505-1200
Accessibility: Boat only

Steamboat Cove

Steamboat Cove, LAke Havasu AZ Located near the southern end of Lake Havasu on the Arizona side, Steamboat Cove is known as one of the lake’s largest natural coves and a favorite location of boaters looking for a safe, secure and comfortable environment to enjoy a day or overnight stay. A generous expanse of sandy beachfront, enhanced with on-land restroom facilities and picnic tables, is located at the southeastern portion of the cove. Because of its sheltered nature from wind and boat wakes, Steamboat Cove is the ideal place for boaters to toss out their anchors and spend extended time onboard.

GPS: 34.39935,-114.257108
Hours: 24 hrs
Fees: $10 day-use, $20 per night for camping (up to 14 days)
Phone: 928-505-1200
Accessibility: Boat or hiking in on foot

Cattail Cove Area

Cattail Cove area beaches, Lake Havasu AZ As you near the southern end of Lake Havasu, a few more beach treasures await boaters. About a mile south of Cattail Cove are multiple beaches in and around a series of small coves that are also known as good hunting grounds for bass and catfish. Located on the Arizona side of the lake, many of these beaches offer on-site restrooms, picnic tables and trash receptacles. These are great get-away beaches with lots to offer.

GPS: 34.354480, -114.173534
Hours: 24 hrs
Fees: $10 day-use, $20 per night for camping (up to 14 days)
Phone: 928-505-1200
Accessibility: Boat or hike in on foot