Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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 area 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.For Lake Havasu and beyond, use our Lake Havasu City trip builder to get the most from your Lake Havasu City vacation.
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This is an oasis in the desert we drove through on our way to Los Angeles, about 2.1/2 hrs from Vegas and 41/2 from Los Angeles, it has everything water can offer, boating, fishing, sight seeing, golf... read more »
Although this place has been known to be a party venue for university students for sping break at one stage, its no longer that. Lake Havasu is more for relaxing and enjoying yourself. Its nowhere nea... read more »
This community always has a lot going on. If you're tired of sun bathing, boating swimming and other water sports there is lots of people watching, (which can be quite entertaining.) The community als... read more »
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