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RVers Guide to Exploring Lake Havasu State Park


Does the lure of a scenic shoreline, beautiful beaches, and stunning emerald waters sound like the next RV vacation of your dreams? If you’re thinking this destination can only be found in Florida or California, we ask you to think again. It can easily become the spot for your next RV road trip when you set your sights one of Arizona’s most attractive state parks, Lake Havasu.

Adventure is calling at this premier destination. From boating to swimming, hiking trails, camping and so much more, Lake Havasu is yours for the taking. We teamed up with Arizona State Parks and Trails to bring you the ultimate guide to RVing Arizona’s State Parks. Dive into the details below.

La Mesa X Arizona State Parks and Trails

Did you know that are 15 state parks that offer RV campgrounds in Arizona? Last month we brought you our RVers Guide to Lost Dutchman State Park. This April, we’re deep diving into the stunning Lake Havasu.

During 2023 La Mesa will be RVing to each campground to bring RVers a first hand guide of each park. A perk, La Mesa offers three retail locations in Arizona. Stop by one of our stores today to find your ideal adventure mobile and then get ready to explore the southwest. Come join us on this epic road trip. It’s going to be a fun ride. Next up, Lake Havasu.

light house at Lake Havasu state park

A Guide to RVing Lake Havasu State Park

The History

Lake Havasu State Park was years in the making. A quest to preserve the stunning area was presented in the 1950s and over the course of the next decade, the State Parks Board worked tirelessly to gain the state park status it was granted in 1965.

In 1986, land exchange between the Federal Government and the Arizona Sate Land Department resulted in a boundary change of the land and thus the creation of Cattail Cove State Park located 15 miles south of Lake Havasu (more on that park to come).

Park Details

Located near Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu State Park is open 24 hours year round, making it a go-to destination for every type of RVer. At the park you will find a variety of boating opportunities, campgrounds, scenic trails, and beaches.The park entrance fee is $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday to Sunday.

scenic campsite view of beautiful lake

The RV Campsites

All sites come with 50 amp electrical hookups and access to potable water at individual sites. Campsites include a picnic table and a fire ring. Most sites have shade ramadas and can accommodate both RVs/Motorhomes and tents. The average fee is $35 a night, $40 for beachfront sites.

Campsite reservations can now easily be made online. The platform makes it seamless to book. Once you click on the link you will be directed to a reservations page where you can browse your options by date of your stay. There are even images of each campsite so you can pick the one that best suites your needs! To book your campsite, click this link.

Note: From April 1 through Oct. 31, there is a two night minimum stay for weekend camping: you must reserve both Friday & Saturday night. For Memorial Day weekend, July 4th (when it falls on a weekend), Labor Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend, there is a three night minimum stay for holiday weekend camping: you must reserve Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

On the Water

Lake Havasu is the ultimate water sports destination. From world class fishing to boating and swimming, your entire party will fall in love with the area.

Enjoy bass fishing (catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass and catfish), if you’re the fishing type. More interested in a relaxing day boating? Lake Havasu invites all watercraft users to the Colorado River! The Havasu Riviera Marina offers boat ramps, dry docks, storage and more. To learn more about boating on the lake, click here. Want to take a dip in the water without a water vehicle? The park has a large designated swimming area located at the day use beach. Like we said, there is truly something for every type of RVer at Lake Havasu.

Lake Havasu Trails

  • Mohave Sunset Trail: 1.75 miles | rated easy
  • Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden: Explore the diverse life that exists within the park


There are tons events at Lake Havasu State Park throughout 2023. Starting April 14th, the 32nd Annual Boat Show commences followed by the Desert Storm Street Party on the 20th. To learn more and take advantage of all the park has to offer, click here for the calendar of programs and events.

Ariel of Lake Havasu State Park boat ramp

More Arizona State Parks for Exploring

This year will be the year of Arizona! Next month we’ll feature a guide to a new park. Hint: you can mountain bike, fish, and canoe here. Any guesses?

If you’re eager to learn more or are ready to start booking your state park road trip, check out Arizona State Parks “find a park feature” on their website. This easy to use guide will let you filter the parks by campgrounds, hiking trails, bike trails, horse trails, historical sites, swimming, fishing and boating options and so much more. Let us know where you’ll be headed this year in the comment section! To follow along on our travels, check out @lamesa and @azstateparks.