Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Best known for being the home of the London Bridge (rebuilt stone by stone here after it fell down), Lake Havasu is on the east shore of the Colorado River which borders California and Arizona. McCulloch Properties (same folks from Fountain Hills) established it in 1963 as a planned community.
The Bridge was opened in 1971 as a tourist attraction, and an English Village replica was built right next to it. But I really come here for the watersports. The fishing draws major competitions, but not being a fisherman I can't tell you much about it. The Town is a big college spring break location, there are custom car runs there every year, and the lake is a boaters heaven. The only thing is, the place gets hot in the summer. Take it from someone who lives in Phoenix, I know hot when I see it.
The approximately 39,000 people who live there have some major industry though, Sterilite is there with a plastic houseware plant, McCulloch manufactures components for trimmers, chain saws, and the like, and some performance boat manufacturers like Nordic, Magic, Advantage, and Conquest live there. Kawasaki and Yamaha both have R&D operations here.
Things to Do:
IJSBA World Jet Ski Finals: Usually held in October, this is a really good time. The whole town gets filled up with racers and gearheads, and this is a pretty fun group of people to be around.
Run to the Sun: Hot rod and custom car run held every Fall.
London Bridge Seaplane Classic
Havasu Classic Outboard Race
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
London Bridge Days: A celebration held at the beginning of every October to celebrate the opening of the London Bridge.
For more info call 1-800-2HAVASU
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Last revised: October 30, 1998