Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch as a self-sufficient, planned community.
McCulloch purchased the London Bridge for $2,460,000. Moving the bridge to Lake Havasu City and reconstructing it in the middle of a desert cost an additional $7 million. The bridge was dismantled and shipped by boat from England to the United States and rebuilt on a peninsula on Lake Havasu. A channel was excavated under the bridge and an English Village replication was built next to it. The opening of the London Bridge in October 1971 brought a unique attraction to Lake Havasu City, which was incorporated in 1978.
Lake Havasu City is located in Mohave County, Arizona, and encompasses 42 square miles with 428 miles of streets. Situated off of Arizona Highway 95, an 18-mile drive north leads to Interstate 40, and a 65-mile drive south leads to Interstate 10.Back to TopScenic Attractions
Visitors are attracted to Lake Havasu City each year for its calm waters and beautiful beaches. The 45-mile long Lake Havasu, formed by Parker Dam on the Colorado River, offers abundant attractions. The deep blue water with its coves and inlets makes the lake a good fishing spot for blue gill and crappie. Early mines and mining towns are scattered in the desert to the north and east of the City. For those interested in geological phenomena, within a ten-mile radius of Lake Havasu City, specimens such as volcanic rock, geodes, jaspers, obsidian, turquoise, and agate can be uncovered.
Lake Havasu is home to more lighthouses than any other city in the U.S. These 1/3 scale replicas are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous east and west coast lighthouses. More than eighteen can be seen on the shores of the lake.Back to TopClimate and Weather
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is located on the Colorado River on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu in the west central part of Arizona. It is located at the foothills of the Mohave Mountains in an area described as "lowland desert." Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area are part of the northern and western limits of the Sonoran Desert. Lake Havasu City's elevation ranges from 450' above sea level at the lake shoreline to 1,500' above sea level at the foothills. The Mohave Mountains rise to over 5,000' in elevation just a few miles to the east of the community.Back to TopEducation
Lake Havasu City has six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, charter schools, and private schools.
Mohave Community College (MCC) was established in 1971, became part of the Arizona Community College system in 1974, and was first accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges in 1981. The college has five campuses in Mohave County with a unduplicated student population in the 2008-2009 school year of approximately 13,000. The Lake Havasu City campus houses a library, computer center and bookstore that are open to the public. Various performing and visual art events are offered each semester and are open to the public.
Northern Arizona University, in partnership with MCC, offers residents an opportunity to obtain advanced degrees without leaving the area.
Additionally, the ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City offers in-person undergraduate degrees for freshman and transfer students. Click HERE for more information.Back to TopCommunity Facilities
Lake Havasu City offers a broad range of community facilities including an airport, regional parks and amenities, two movie theater complexes, a library, and historical museum.
The City is proud to be the home of a shopping mall, The Shops at Lake Havasu, which opened in 2008 with over 720,000 square feet of commercial space available. The mall is anchored by Dillard's, J.C. Penney's, and Super Walmart. Additional shopping can be found in the Channel Riverwalk District and the Uptown McCulloch Main Street District which also is host to many special events throughout the year. Unique boutiques, salons, night clubs, restaurants, and performing arts facilities can be found throughout the community.
There are city, state, and commercially operated recreational facilities that include:
A municipally-owned and operated aquatics complex combines leisure/competitive swimming, therapeutic pools, a water lagoon for youngsters, wave action, a spray park, a 257-foot enclosed water slide, a large indoor community center/gymnasium, and meeting rooms used for a variety of events.
A 4-mile pedestrian/bike path is situated on the Island which is accessed by the London Bridge. A second pedestrian/bike path spans 8.5 miles along Highway 95, from North Palo Verde Boulevard to South McCulloch Boulevard. A third pedestrian/bike path connects the Aquatic Center and Rotary Park at the lake with the Uptown Main Street area and totals 1.5 miles.Back to TopGovernment
The City operates under a council-manager form of government. The Mayor and six Councilmembers are elected to staggered four-year terms. The City Council sets the City's policy and direction, and appoints the City Manager who is tasked with the responsibility for carrying out Council policies and administering the day-to-day operations. Per the City Code, the Department Directors are appointed by the City Manager.Back to TopMedical Facilities
Havasu Regional Medical Center is a 181-bed facility providing health care services for the region. Over 100 physicians and allied health professionals represent a broad range of medical specialties to provide care in all of the major medical disciplines.
Havasu Surgery Centre is a multi-specialty surgery center for out-patient surgical procedures.Back to TopPopulation and Demographics
Lake Havasu City is the major population center of southern Mohave County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded the following population trends for Lake Havasu City:
At the time of incorporation in 1978, Lake Havasu City had 6,053 registered voters. Registered voters currently number approximately 30,594.