Kelly Vaughn

Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu City

Of the 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park, 28 are accessible by boat only. Like other state-park campgrounds, Cattail Cove is well developed and chock-full of amenities, including a fish-cleaning station. Campsites, with the exception of the boat-accessible sites, are situated toward the center of the park, but lake access is easy. Boats, of course, are welcome, and there’s plenty of room for them. The same goes for RVs, which are popular here because of electrical hookups and a dump station.

Rockhounds are fond of this campground and the Lake Havasu area in general — agate, obsidian, turquoise and geodes are abundant in the rocky landscape.

Campfire Tale: Lake Havasu was formed when the Colorado River was dammed near Parker. It is home to dozens of fish species, including bluegill, catfish, crappie and bass.

Elevation: 450 feet
Directions: From Parker, travel north on State Route 95 for 24 miles to Cattail Cove State Park.
Information: Cattail Cove State Park, 928-855-1223 or
Season: Year-round
Fee: $15–$26 per night, plus a $10–$15 park-entrance fee
Reservations: Yes, 520-586-2283
Amenities: Toilets, Pets, Water, Showers, RV Hookups