Lake Havasu State Park RV & Campground Guide


Right on the Colorado River at the state line with California, Lake Havasu State Park in Arizona provides visitors with an opportunity to go boating, fishing, and swimming on a man-made reservoir located in the hot, arid Sonoran Desert. The lake itself started forming upon the completion of the Parker Dam in 1938. In addition to the park's beaches and water-based activities, you can camp, go on a short, easy hike, and look for desert wildlife at the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden. The state park is also to miles from Lake Havasu City's most famous attraction, London Bridge. Summers here get quite hot, so the best time to visit is fall through early spring.

Nearby Cities:

  • Oatman, AZ

  • Parker, AZ

  • Bullhead City, AZ

  • Needles, CA

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Spring 68-97 F
Summer 81-107 F
Fall 52-77 F
Winter 48-73 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Havasu State Park

Campground Accommodations

Lake Havasu State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 125 feet

  • Other amenities: Dump station, picnic table and fire ring at all sites, shade ramadas at most sites, restrooms and showers, picnic area with grills, park store, boat ramp

Crazy Horse RV Campgrounds

This RV park is right on the lake in Lake Havasu City, with access to a beach, boat launch, and lagoon.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes, or dump station/pump out

  • Wifi: n/a

  • Pet-friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: boat launch, beach access

Cattail Cove State Park

Also located along the lake, Cattail Cove has a boat launch and beach access. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: n/a

  • Wifi: n/a

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: boat launch, beach access

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What to Do at
Lake Havasu State Park

As the primary feature of the state park is Lake Havasu, many of the recreational opportunities here revolve around the water. Bring your fishing gear, and try catching the lake's bass. Take your own boat out on the water, or rent one once you arrive at the park. Sit on one of the many beaches in the park and work on your tan, or take a dip in the lake in the designated day-use swimming area at the shoreline. Walk through the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden and try to spot some of the park's wildlife. There's also an easy trail that winds around the park's shoreline.

There are many ways to experience Lake Havasu State Park. If you're not into fishing or boating, you can walk through the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden and try to spot some of the park's wildlife. There's also an easy trail that winds around the park's shoreline.

Inside Lake Havasu State Park

There is plenty to do in and around the park! Kids can get a Boating Safety Coloring Book, and earn a Junior Ranger Badge for completing certain activities. 

There is also plenty for adults to do, including:

Hiking: Trails run all around the lake, and you can take the Mohave Sunset Trail, which is 1.75 miles of lowland desert along the shoreline. You can also wander through the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden and learn about the diverse life within the park and this area of the desert. 

Boating: There are launches for motorized boats, and you can kayak, paddleboard, or use any number of watercraft to enjoy a day on the lake. 

Fishing Fishing

Come to Lake Havasu for some of the best bass fishing in the country. You can try fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass in addition to striped bass and catfish. Note that you must have an Arizona fishing license to fish here.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Check out the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden to see some of the critters that dwell within the park, including rabbits, birds, and lizards.

Flora and Fauna

Some of the desert plant life you can see at Lake Havasu State Park includes mesquite, willow, and cottonwood trees along the river. Look for wildflowers like daisies, poppies, and lilies during the spring bloom. Animals typical of the region include lizards, snakes, and the desert tortoise. Even though you might not see the park's mountain lions and bobcats, they are there.

Hiking Hiking

There's one hiking trail in the park, the Mohave Sunset Trail. It's 1.75 miles in length, and it's an easy path that takes you along the shoreline. You can bring your dog on the trail as long as it's leashed.


Lake Havasu State Park features boating for both motorized and nonmotorized vessels. The park has four boat ramps from which you can launch. Before bringing your boat, though, make sure it adheres to state regulations for watercraft for both Arizona and California. If you don't own a boat, you can rent one from the park's concessionaire, Wet Monkey Powersport Rentals.

Swimming Swimming

The day-use beach has the park's designated swimming area. A good location for swimming is right along the shoreline. Note that there's no lifeguard on duty at the park.

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How to Get to
Lake Havasu State Park

Directions from Parker, AZ: From the intersection of AZ-95 and S. California Avenue, take US-95 northeast out of town, and stay on it for 39.3 miles. Once in Lake Havasu City, turn left at S. Palo Verde Boulevard for 0.1 mile. Make a right onto London Bridge Road/Old State Highway 95, and continue for 0.9 miles until you arrive at the park's entrance.

Directions from Needles, CA: At J Street, get on Interstate 40, and take I-40 E/US-95 for 21.8 miles. Get off the interstate at Exit 9 for AZ-95 S toward Lake Havasu City/Parker, and continue for 0.3 miles. Make a right onto AZ-95 S and drive for 17.9 miles. Turn right onto Industrial Blvd and continue to the park's entrance.

Entering Lake Havasu State Park

The park entrance fee is $15 per vehicle Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays through Sundays and holidays, the cost is $20 per vehicle. Entering the park on foot or a bike costs just $3. Lake Havasu State Park has several large parking lots near the park entrance and ranger station.

Lake Havasu State Park Monday - Thursday Entrance Fee : $15.0

Lake Havasu State Park Friday - Sunday and Holidays Entrance Fee : $20.0

Visiting Lake Havasu State Park is a wonderful way to make memories with friends and loved ones. Whether spending the day on the water boating and swimming, or on land hiking or shopping, you’re sure to have a great time! While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Havasu State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Lake Havasu State Park?

To avoid the excessive heat of the summer, visit the park in the spring, fall, or winter instead. Even though the park's right on the Colorado River, keep in mind it's still the desert. No matter when you visit, stay well hydrated and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and light-colored clothing and applying sunscreen.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lake Havasu State Park?

You'll see foxes, snakes, squirrels, and lizards. Watch out for, and keep your distance from, the park's skunks.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lake Havasu State Park?

The park has 54 RV campsites, all with 50-amp hookups. Many of the sites can also accommodate tents.

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

From April 1 to October 31, if you want to spend the weekend at the park, you must reserve both Friday and Saturday nights. For holiday weekends that include Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, you must reserve Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. There's a non-refundable reservation fee of $3.20 for each site. The camping fee is $35 per night for a standard spot. For a beachfront spot, it's $40 per night.

Are pets allowed at Lake Havasu State Park?

You can bring your pet with you to the park, and you can take it on the Mohave Sunset Trail. You cannot bring your pet to the beach, though. Make sure to always keep your pet on a leash.