A popular tourist destination based around a man-made lake on the Colorado River, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is a haven for water sports lovers in the middle of the arid Mojave Desert. The city of approximately 56,000 residents is roughly halfway between Los Angeles and Phoenix, and is located in Arizona's Mohave County on the east bank of the Colorado River, which forms the border between Arizona and California.
The populations of both Lake Havasu City and Mohave County doubled from 1990 to 2005, making this region one of the fastest growing in the country.
Water sports are a big draw for Lake Havasu City visitors and the many seasonal residents who maintain winter homes and houseboats in the city. With no restrictions on motorboats or speed, Lake Havasu residents and visitors enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, speed-boating and inner tubing.
Thanks to mild temperatures in the fall and spring, boating season lasts longer in the city than it does in other locales; summer highs frequently exceed 100 degrees. Opportunities for water recreation include:
The International Jet Ski World Finals are held on Lake Havasu, and bass fishing tournaments are frequently held from fall through spring.
Those looking to stay dry in Lake Havasu City can participate in a number of land-based activities, including:
Tourism is the major focus of economic activity in Lake Havasu City. One million visitors flock to the city every year, spending as much as $100 million. The city is known as a prime destination for college spring break revelry. Recreation, accommodation, and dining employ a significant slice of the city's labor force, especially around the London Bridge.
Manufacturing, especially boat building, is another big industry in Lake Havasu City. Construction, maintenance, and health care are among the most common occupations in town. UniSource Energy Services, a natural gas and electric supplier, maintains a regional office in Lake Havasu City.
Lake Havasu City is home to the Havasu Heat, a semiprofessional baseball team that plays at Lake Havasu City High School Field.
Notable annual events and festivities include:
There are two major options for higher learning in Lake Havasu City:
Lake Havasu City has one daily newspaper, Today's News-Herald, which provides local, regional and national news coverage for the city.
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