Cattail Cove State Park RV & Campground Guide


Located on the south end of Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove State Park moves at a slower pace than other parks on the lake. Spend your days on the water, swimming, boating, or fishing. The city of Parker, AZ, and its shops, restaurants, and casino are only a 30-minute drive away. History buffs will enjoy a day trip to the old-west town of Kingman, AZ, and its 60 registered historic buildings and rail museum. A variety of old-west towns and cultural history sites dot the area. Lake Havasu was formed when Parker Dam was built on the Colorado River in the 1930s. The Arizona State Parks Board established the 2000-acre Cattail Cove State Park in 1970.

Nearby Cities:

  • Lake Havasu City, AZ

  • Parker, AZ

  • Kingman, AZ

  • Laughlin, NV

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Spring 50-92 F
Summer 76-105 F
Fall 75-100 F
Winter 42-70 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cattail Cove State Park

Campground Accommodations

Cattail Cove RV Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electric hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 69 feet

  • Other amenities: Dump station, showers, restrooms, boat ramp, picnic tables, fire rings

Cattail Cove Boat-In Camping

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electric hookups: No

  • Sewer Hookups: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet Friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: N/A

  • Other amenities: Picnic tables, stand-up BBQ grills, pit toilets

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What to Do at
Cattail Cove State Park

Water sports are the main attraction at Cattail Cove State Park. You can swim, boat, jet-ski, or water ski on the lake. Nature lovers will find ample hiking trails and opportunities to view desert wildlife and vegetation. Anglers can test their skill from their boat or a quiet shoreline. There is something for everyone to enjoy on or around Lake Havasu.

Inside Cattail Cove State Park

Inside Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu is the main attraction. If you’re towing a boat, you can use the boat ramp; it accepts both motorized and non-motorized craft. You can also book one of the sit-on-top kayaks or paddleboards that are available from the ranger station. If you’re visiting over a holiday weekend, it’s a good idea to reserve your rental in advance. Campers can also enjoy swimming or fishing from the shore as bass, catfish, and bluegill are plentiful.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing on Lake Havasu is good year-round. Test your skills with smallmouth and striped bass. Drop a line with a bobber and wait for a catfish or pan fish to take the bait.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

A skilled eye will spot bighorn sheep moving freely across rocky cliffs. The trees and bushes along the water's edge are home to bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and ringtails. The Colorado River is a critical flyway for migratory birds and waterfowl like Osprey and egrets. Regular feathered inhabitants of the desert include vultures, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, and various hummingbirds.

Stargazing Stargazing

The park's remoteness provides dark, clear skies that are perfect for stargazing.

Flora and Fauna

The lake has created a lush desert oasis. Cottonwood and willow trees thrive along the lake shore. The cattails that the park is named after proliferate along the riverbank, providing shelter for fish and waterfowl. Flower lovers will marvel at the cacti flowers that bloom in summer. Wildflowers of every shape and hue bloom on nearby hillsides in spring.

Hiking Hiking

There are six trails within the park boundaries. Whyte’s Retreat Trail is an easy half-mile shoreline trail with a lake view. Ted's Trail, Wayne's Way, Ripley's Run, Sandpoint Lookout, and Three Dunes trails are all short but moderately difficult hikes.


The park provides a four-lane boat ramp to accommodate craft up to 35 feet long. Non-motorized craft can also launch from the ramp or courtesy pier. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available.

Swimming Swimming

The Cattail Cove State Park day-use area has a designated swimming area with a sand beach. Swimming is allowed anywhere along the lake's shore, but the shoreline can be rocky, and currents can be unpredictable.

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How to Get to
Cattail Cove State Park

From Lake Havasu City, AZ, take State Highway 95 south. The park is 15 miles from town on the road's west side. From Parker, AZ, take State Highway 95 north. The park is 25 miles from town and is on the road's west side.

Entering Cattail Cove State Park

There is a day-use fee for park entry and parking. Monday through Thursday, the entry fee is $10. On Friday through Sunday and holidays, the entry fee is $15. There is an additional $10 daily fee for rigs over 55 feet long. The overnight parking fee for boat-in campers is $15 during the week and $20 Friday through Sunday.

Cattail Cove State Park Monday-Thursday : $10.0

Per vehicle

Cattail Cove State Park Friday-Sunday : $15.0

Per vehicle

Cattail Cove State Park is a prime example of how water can bring life to the desert. Water softens the harsh desert. The result is a recreational wonder. Whether you prefer to play on the water or on rocky cliffs and hills surrounding the lake, Cattail Cove State Park has an adventure waiting for you to discover.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cattail Cove State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Cattail Cove State Park?

Every season is a good season to visit the park. Warm winter temperatures make for excellent hiking and fishing weather. Hot summer weather makes for comfortable days of playing in the water.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Cattail Cove State Park?

In addition to common wildlife, the park is home to some unique desert inhabitants. Desert reptiles and snakes are common in the area. Bighorn sheep scale the cliffs and the mountainous regions above the river. Coyotes, bobcats, ringtails, and foxes lurk in the brush and bushes along the river and surrounding watershed areas.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Cattail Cove State Park?

The park has 61 paved RV camping sites. The campground features electricity, water, picnic tables, grills, a boat launch, shower and toilet facilities.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Cattail Cove State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are recommended year-round. RV site fees range from $30 to $40 a night. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $3.20. An extra vehicle fee for an additional vehicle in a campsite is $15.

Are pets allowed at Cattail Cove State Park?

Pets are welcome in the park. They must be on a leash and controlled at all times.