Northwestern Arizona is all desert, mountains, and the Colorado River. But on the border of Arizona and California, three hours north of Phoenix, half an hour south of Lake Havasu City, and only an hour from Yucca is an outdoor oasis worth visiting if you’re looking to camp in an RV in this region. Cattail Cove State Park is a 2,000-acre expanse based around Lake Havasu.
The park was opened to the public in 1970. Its main draw is Lake Havasu, which is a man-made lake built about 40 years prior. When the river was dammed, the surrounding area filled with 211 billion gallons of water to create this 45-mile-long lake that Arizona visitors frequent all year long. It's stocked full of fish and is a great spot for all your favorite water sports.
Motorhome camping at Cattail Cove State Park is a must for visitors touring around Arizona. In that desert heat, the lake is a dream come true. Campers get to enjoy some jet skiing, swimming, and angling, while others might just want to soak up the sun. Whatever you plan to do, rent an RV in Mohave County and see what western Arizona has in store for you.
Visitors of Cattail Cove State Park have around seven miles of hiking trails to explore, but make sure to plan ahead. With the desert heat, you’ll need plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Make sure to follow the map and know the routes ahead of time. These trails run along the water’s edge and loop up into the desert hills. One route even takes you to Parker’s Dam.
Did you bring your jet ski? Lake Havasu welcomes motorized and human-powered boats in the open water. If you're boating in the Colorado River, remember that it's under both Arizona and California jurisdiction, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations in both states. If you need to rent a kayak or canoe, the park offers day rentals.
Or maybe you just want to relax on the beach because you work really hard and it’s time to do nothing at all. There are 45 miles of coastline for you to lay out your towel, grab your favorite book, and let the worries of the world slip away. Dip into the water to cool off whenever you wish, but make sure the areas are designated for swimming.
Camping at Cattail Cove State Park
Cattail Cove State Park campers have 57 RV hookup sites to choose from. Each comes with water and 30- or 50-amp electric hookups. There aren’t any full-hookup sites available, but there are pull-through sites and dump stations nearby. Certain sites can accommodate motorhomes up to 40 feet long. This park is pet-friendly and can accommodate domesticated pets that are well-behaved and under control. There are also boat-in campsites for campers who travel here through the waterways.
The park also provides RV campers with hot showers and public restrooms. If you have any questions, want to learn more about the park, or want to buy a small token at the gift shop, head to the visitors' center. Guests camping in an RV at Cattail Cove State Park can stay connected to friends and family thanks to the decent phone reception in the park. Most major service providers have reception here.
Exploring the Area
If you happen to be in the area in January, Lake Havasu City is just north of the campground and should be having its annual Balloon Festival and Fair. Thousands of visitors come to watch in wonder as the sky fills with hundreds of gigantic, colorful hot air balloons. The fair is alive with families, food, and games for all. The variety of shops and restaurants in the city are also fun to explore. Also, make sure to see the famous London Bridge while you’re in town. In 1967, the old, deteriorating bridge was purchased, dismantled, and moved to Lake Havasu City from London and reconstructed piece by piece.
Near the park, just a quick drive or boat trip away, you can check out the Parker Dam in Parker, AZ. The Parker Dam was built in the late 1930s and was constructed across the Colorado River. Take a tour of the “world’s deepest dam” and learn about the history of this iconic structure. Steeped in beauty, controversy, and stories, Parker’s Dam is a must-visit exhibit for anyone camping at Cattail Cove State Park.
This will definitely be an all-day trip, but if you’re in this part of the country, it would be a shame not to visit one of the eight wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is 179 miles away from the park by car, but if you leave early, you can be back before dinner. The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous destinations in the world. It's nearly a mile deep, 277 miles long, and, at its widest point, 18 miles wide. Bring the whole family to experience this natural phenomenon.
The nearest gas station is at Lake Havasu City. When your motorhome camping experience at Cattail Cove State Park comes to an end, head up Highway 95 and fill your tank. Stock up on road snacks and water before hitting the highway again to continue on your adventure.