Lake Havasu’s Best Boat-In Beaches and Boat Accessible Landings

best boat in beaches in lake havasu

The best boat-in beaches let you get away from the crowds in Lake Havasu City. Accessible only by boat, these beaches range from merely less crowded to truly secluded. Of course, not every boat-in beach is quiet—some are popular for rafting up boats in large parties or for Jet-Ski® practice. But in all cases, these off-the-beaten track destination beaches for boaters offer you something different.

The Bureau of Land Management maintains 87 campsites, including boat-in beaches on Lake Havasu, many of which have been recently upgraded with tables, eco-friendly restrooms, cabanas, and fire-safe grills. Sleep on your boat or on a tent onshore.

Camping on a boat-in only beach offers you privacy and peace, along with the adventure of getting there. Once there many of the sites offer great hiking, stunning views, good fishing, and teaming wildlife. Though many of boat-in campsites offer a real sense of getting away, many are just a quick boat ride away from great restaurants that welcome boat-in diners.

Here is our pick for some of the best boat-in beaches on the lake.

Lake Havasu’s Best Boat-In Beaches and Boat Accessible Landings

Body Beach

Body Beach on the Arizona side of the lake is accessible by SUV, but we consider it boat-in because the best way to get here is by boat. What makes it fun is it is where personal craft racers from around the world gather to train. The cove is shallow and marked with buoys to keep you out of racer’s way. Pull up here and set up on one of the many available picnic tables. You will have a front row seat for watching personal craft racers practice their sport.
Location: GPS: 34.459217, -114.335869
Cost: Free
Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Grill available: could not find information
Restrooms available: could not find information

London Bridge Bridgewater

The edges of the channel leading to and from the famous London Bridge are lined in soft sand—perfect for beaching your boat and watching the parade of boats puttering by. It’s about as far from secluded as you can get, but loads of fun.
Location: 1340 Beachcomber Blvd or 422 English
Cost: Free
Hours of Operation: 5am-11pm
Grill available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes

Cattail Cove & Three Dunes

This area on the eastern side of the lake is a state park. It is actually a series of quiet coves and sandy beaches, home to a range of birds and other wildlife. The cool, deep water attracts bass and catfish for good fishing. Overnight camping is permitted, and the area has picnic tables, barbecues, and pit toilets.
Location: 34.354480, -114.173534
Cost: $10/day and $10 for overnight for six; $2 each additional person
Hours of Operation: 24 hrs
Grill available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes

Friendly Island/Beaver Island

Friendly Island shelters a tranquil bay with beaches that offer spectacular views of Copper Canyon and the surrounding mountains. Just four miles south of the London Bridge, Friendly Island is accessible, yet secluded. The camp sites are protected from wind, and no-wake zone stretches along the east-facing beaches to add to the serenity. The water is often clear enough for snorkeling.
Location: 34.421654,-114.291994
Cost: $10/day and $10 for overnight for six; $2 each additional person
Hours of Operation: 24 hrs
Grill available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes

The Sandbar

The most popular boat-in beach on the river, the Sandbar beach is actually in the river, not on the shore. It is a sandbar that has formed just north of Blankenship Bend at the top-most end of the lake. The water is wide and shallow here, with a soft and sandy bottom that forms an island in the middle of the Colorado River. It is perfect for sunning, wading and floating on a hot day.
Location: 34.598274,-114.426416
Cost: free
Hours of Operation: 24 hrs
Grill available: No
Restrooms available: No

Skier’s Island

As the name suggests, the beach at Skier’s Island is a center for water skiers and wakeboarders. The cove protects the water from wind and current, making it an ideal for these water sports. It is particularly attractive when high winds make the rest of the lake tough going.
Location: 34.429425,-114.321227
Cost: free
Hours of Operation: 24 hrs
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Restrooms available: couldn’t find information

Steamboat Cove

This expansive protected cove on the Arizona side of the lake is bordered by the state park. It is a protected area, perfect for viewing birds and wildlife. It is not unusual to see bighorn sheep come down to the shore in the evenings for a drink.
Location: 34.389826,-114.272247
Cost: $10/day and $10 for overnight for six; $2 each additional person
Hours of Operation: 24 hrs
Grill available: Yes
Restrooms available: Yes