FRESH WATER RECREATION
Laughlin may be situated in the middle of the Mojave Desert, but it is surrounded by water recreation opportunities. With the Colorado River flowing by and Lake Mohave only minutes away, the hard part is deciding between fishing, boating, jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing or tubing.
Boating , jet skiing & Water-skiing
Those who already own their toys need only registered vehicles and a place to dock. Those looking to rent a little fun for the weekend or a couple of hours have plenty of options. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, offers concessions
supplying houseboats, ski boats, jet skis and float trips. Boating of all kinds is allowed in Lake Mohave, so long as safety laws and regulations are followed.
Canoeing and kayaking
River guides are available to launch and pick up canoes and kayaks along the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. Popular trips include Davis Dam to
Rotary Park in Bullhead City, Topock Gorge, Black Canyon from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach and still water tours of Lake Mohave. With cool water temperatures year round, kayaking and canoeing can be enjoyed 12 months a year.
Largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill are found in both Lakes Mead and Mohave, as well as the Colorado River. Rainbow trout can be found in Lake Mohave and record breaking specimens are often caught at Willow Beach. Cottonwood Cove, Davis Camp and Katherine Landing offer great bass and trout fishing.
Fisherman’s Access Park
Fisherman’s Access Park in Laughlin, located between the Laughlin Bridge and the Riverside Resort was redesigned with several cosmetic improvements and upgrades to better serve visitors at a cost of $5 million. The remodeling project for Fisherman’s Access Park was a joint public-private venture between Laughlin founder Don Laughlin and the Nevada Department of Wildlife. In addition to new asphalt, improvements include reducing water use for grass; making the park more ADA compliant; reconstructing the launch ramp, providing a dedicated law enforcement and new public-use dock; picnic ramadas, a redesign of the Flag Plaza in conjunction with the Laughlin American Legion; providing additional parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers, and providing an area for people to fish from the bank.
Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave is one of Nevada’s best kept secrets conveniently located on the Colorado River, just
a short drive from Laughlin, NV and Bullhead City, AZ. Cottonwood Cove Resort offers friendly lakeside accommodations, a full-service RV park and nearby campground facilities. For more information about Cottonwood Cove call 702-297-1464 or visit www.cottonwoodcoveresort.com
Explore the emerald world of Lake Mohave or the moving waters of the Colorado River with an air tank and scuba equipment. Whether an experienced diver or a novice hoping to get their fins, Lake Mohave offers several diving scenarios. Buses, boats and other underwater adventures await. Scour the bed of the Colorado and see evidence of a bygone steamboat era. Or stumble upon modern pirate booty — lost keys, jewelry and
If you’re looking to put a boat in the water, for a campsite with amenities, a place for the kids to burn off energy or if you would like to find a quiet
spot under a tree to enjoy a good book, Davis Camp is that place. Nestled in between the Laughlin Bridge and Davis Dam on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, Davis Camp is the place to relax for a few days or enjoy an action-packed weekend on the river. Maintained by the Mohave County Parks Department, they offer vacation homes for rent, spaces with full hookups for trailers or RVs and they have plenty of campsites along the palm-tree lined beach for campers and tent spots. There is a sanitary disposal (dump station) for park guests, along with shower buildings and laundry facilities. Day use is permitted in the picnic areas, along with swim beaches, fishing along the shores and a boat launch. For more information about the park call 928-754-7250.