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Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu is a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border between California and Arizona. Lake Havasu City sits on the lake's eastern shore. The reservoir has an available capacity of 619400acre.ft. The concrete arch dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation between 1934 and 1938. The lake's primary purpose is to store water for pumping into two aqueducts. Prior to the dam construction, the area was home to the Mohave Indians. The lake was named (in 1939) after the Mojave word for blue. In the early 19th century, it was frequented by beaver trappers. Spaniards also began to mine the areas along the river.AqueductsMark Wilmer Pumping Plant pumps water into the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct. Whitsett Pumping Plant is located on the lake, and lifts the water for the Colorado River Aqueduct. Gene Pumping Plant is just south of Parker Dam, and gives the water an additional boost of. The Colorado River Aqueduct has three more pumping plants: Iron Mountain, Eagle Mountain, and Julian Hinds. The total lift is.Natural historyThe shorelines are in the ecotone (transition zone) of the higher Mojave Desert to the lower Sonoran Desert and its Californian Colorado Desert ecoregions.
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  • August 12, 2017
    This lake is beautiful! We brought out jet skis out here and we had so much fun. Easy access to launch area with plenty of parking. There is plenty of places by the lake.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This was one of my favorite trips of a lifetime. If you like the dry heat this is the place for you. It was HOT but being on the water was perfect. The scenery was gorgeous and the water was warm. We ...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Great variety from Parker Dam, under London Bridge through Topach Wildlife Refuge. More boating than skiing/ boarding. Good family area for action or touring/ exploring.  more »

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