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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 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.
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  • Really beautiful lake with some great back water kayaking. Will definitely be looking for more places to enjoy this lake  more »
  • This lake, ninety feet at its deepest is the result of the Parker Dam's creations. At 45 miles long, bring your boat for some serious exploring. Just be sure to observe the no-wake zone as we saw nume...  more »
  • Boated from Windsor to Topock. The Topock Gorge is awesome. Stopped for a great outdoor lunch at the Topock Grill. Thoroughly enjoyed this expedition.  more »