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Old 03-24-2002, 09:47 PM
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My parents are heading to havasu on friday, and not taking me . Anyway they have been there before, hang out mostly at the london bridge. This time they are talking about renting a boat for a while and dont know where to go other then right around the no wake zone. Anyone have any ideas for them? They both love havasu because of the sun and all of the hot rod boats. They have to love this place that way My family can come down and see all you guys ( I mean my parents when they retire.)
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Old 03-25-2002, 03:32 PM
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Opps for got a question. where is a good spot to rent a boat or jet ski at havasu? It sounds like they want to tour the lake a bit if they have the time. And smile cuz dad likes taking pics of all of your guys hot rods and all of the pretty girls that ride with cha.
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Old 03-25-2002, 05:20 PM
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Wildchild212 - There's a lot to tell about Havasu. First thing would be, I hope they realize Spring Break will be in full swing this weekend. Hope they enjoy a lot of drunk young people.

Never rented anything there so I don't know which one to direct you to, but there are many. Try calling the Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce, or check the yellow pages.

The bridge is one of the better places on the lake. Other than the bridge, my top choice would be to have them cruise up river through the topock gorge. It's the 17 miles of river just above the lake with scenic red-rock canyon walls etc. At the end there is a couple of bridges, then a marina on the Arizona side. They can get gas and there is a small restaurant and bar. Very low-end, but at least its a destination.

About a third of the way up river (~ five miles) is the Sandbar. If your parents are into this sort of thing, Saturday could be a good time to check it out. Other than the big weekends, Sandbar is usually quite mild - lots of cool boats, families, and party animals. Just tell them if they see a large group of males gathering, that they probably should stay away.

They should check with someone on water level first. If its low, its tricky getting up river! I was there a week ago and the water level was at mid-summer levels, but you never know.

While at the Bridge, there is a cool visitors center with all kinds of old pictures and stories. They also have handouts for everything imaginable (including rentals). If your under the bridge facing east, turn left and walk past the big water fountain, its on the left just before the parking lot.
 
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Thank you uncle toys
I will let them know. They have been there before and mom just does not know where there is room for all of them big fast boats to go on that lake. So it sounds like they want to check it out a little. As far as the males gathering, that might lure the old man but you are right I dont think mom wants to see any boooobiiees.
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Hi Mark ~

I grew up around Havasu and Holiday weekends can be really rough -- especially spring break. We used to avoid the Lake completely as the entire population of Los Angeles seems to flock to Havasu any time they get a 3-day weekend. Sometimes the launch ramp has over an hour wait.

They'll love checking out all the boats and great looking trucks that come thru, though.

We used to rent boats right from the London Bridge -- pontoons and 16 foot outboards. Not sure if they still do that, but from London Bridge, there is also a big faux Paddle Boat that runs up river to the Laughlin Casinos and back to Havasu a couple times a day. They'd probably enjoy that trip. It will take them right thru Topock Gorge with the high red rock cliffs...very pretty scenery.

And being in such a big boat, you dont have to worry about being hit by a drunk boatful of spring breakers either.
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Thumbs up They have the water very high this week also

So there's lots of really cool places that are not normally accessable, that is if you can find a boat to rent, it is very crowded right now, very crowded.

If they are able to make it to the south end of the lake, Desert Bar is also a.....pretty active scene! Several new roads make it easy to get to now also.

Lots of crazy kids in town, be forewarned!

Tell your parents to always carry some beads with them also.
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Thanks for all of the info. I have printed out for them to read. They are aware that it is spring break and what to do with the beads. I am sure the info will come in handy for them. I need them to love this place so I can bring the boat down for spring break. when they retire in a year or two. thank you all again
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Wildchild - Forgot to mention a restaurant recommendation. Next to the bridge on the island side is a place called Shagroos (sp?). Its a nice dinner house with a cool view of the bridge etc. I love to go there Friday night for their home made clam chowder and fresh sourdough bread. Its to die for! Every meal we have had there has been great.
 
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You are more than welcome to send them by my shop and I will be happy to hook them up to get out on the water.

I should be there most of the weekend and will be testing some boats.

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Wildchild212,
Make sure the bring back pictures. You must have some quality parents. I would be afraid to send mine out there in the middle of spring break. Im sure the will have a good time with all of those "Damn Kids"
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