Community Profile | Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, lies on the east shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border between California and Arizona. The city was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch as a self-sufficient, planned community and incorporated in 1978.
The opening of the historic London Bridge relocated from London, England, in October 1971, brought a unique attraction to the city. Lake Havasu is in Mohave County and encompasses 42 square miles. Situated off Arizona Highway 95, an 18-mile drive north to Interstate 40, and a 65-mile drive south to Interstate 10, Lake Havasu City is accessible to the entire region.
As a $2 million Grand-Prize Winner in the Frontier Communication's America's Best Communities Competition, Lake Havasu City is in the implementation phase of Vision 2020, an economic development plan led by the Partnership for Economic Development (PED).
The plan's focus includes developing a downtown catalyst project in the heart of Lake Havasu City's main street. The project will connect the Health Corridor, the Central Business District, and the Arizona State University campus at Lake Havasu City.
Lake Havasu City, a community of entrepreneurs, offers multiple avenues for business startups, including the Entrepreneur Outreach Network (EON) for new business creation and EON Mentoring for an emerging business. The Profit Mastery and Economic Gardening are economic development models offered for established companies ready to scale.
Lake Havasu City enjoys a choice location on one of four major lakes on the Colorado River. This location makes for world-class boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, paddle boating, wakeboarding, and water skiing. Diverse activities beyond the lake include archery, birding, hiking, rock climbing, and even off-roading. All types of cycling are widespread, including road cycling, BMX biking, and mountain biking. Many bike rental facilities are available as well.
The city hosts major competitions throughout the year, including bass fishing, sailing, the International Jet Ski Championships, and the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races. Lake Havasu City also hosts the Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival, drawing more than 80 balloonists and thousands of spectators.
Lake Havasu State Park and Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge provide rugged terrain where birds and small game flourish. For amateur geologists, the surrounding area features volcanic rock, geodes, jaspers, obsidian, turquoise, and agate.
Lake Havasu City offers a broad range of community facilities, including several parks, two movie theater complexes, a library, 16 tennis courts, three significant beaches, numerous baseball and soccer fields, a bowling alley, and four golf courses.
Lake Havasu City includes state and commercially operated recreational facilities, a marina, campsites, picnic grounds, trailer parks, boat slips, dry storage, boat repair, boat rentals, boat tours, swimming beaches, and fishing areas.
A municipally-owned-and-operated aquatics complex offers leisure/competitive swimming, therapeutic pools, a water lagoon for youngsters, wave action, and a 257-foot enclosed water slide. Adjacent to this center is a 24-acre public park with beach access and a state-of-the-art skateboard facility.
Lake Havasu CityJess Knudson,
Partnership for Economic DevelopmentJames Gray,
Mohave County Economic DevelopmentTami Ursenbach,
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of CommerceLisa Krueger,
Local First ArizonaKimber Lanning,
Arizona Commerce Authority100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021