The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recreational boating Compatibility Determination (CD) for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge System that is available for public review and comment. The process began in 2015, and a previous draft CD was released in April 2016 and withdrawn after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided more deliberation was required. A copy of the revised draft CD is available online at:…-July_2017.pdf The public comment and review … Read More

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday released a draft proposal of new boating restrictions in the Refuge, and one Havasu boating agency has come out in support of the statutes. The new regulations would prohibit kiteboarding, hydro-flight, hovercraft and air-thrust boats on Refuge waters; and would prohibit boaters from launching watercraft into Refuge backwaters such as Beal Lake, Pintail Slough, Lost Lake and Topock Bay. The regulations also would remove restrictions on air-cooled outboard engines. … Read More

The new regulations would: • Prohibit kite-boarding and hydro-flight equipment in waters south of Interstate 40 • Prohibit boaters from launching watercraft or operating personal watercraft in areas including Beal Lake, Pintail Slough, Lost Lake and Topock Bay. • Remove restrictions on air-cooled outboard engines. • Prohibit use of hovercraft in refuge waters • Stop allowing the use of air-thrust boats and air-cooled propulsion engines for all activities, including hunting and fishing. Regulations called a … Read More

June 29, 2017 – Todays News Herald — Lake Havasu is filled with big boats and small boats and fast boats and slow boats. Can’t everyone just get along? Hooray for the Lake Havasu Marine Association for proactively seeking boater engagement as a way to reduce accidents and injuries and deaths. The Association, pointing to a recent spate of accidents, is pushing boaters to assume responsibilities for actions that could lead to accidents. Specifically, the … Read More

Our congratulations to Vern Gilbert, a Lake Havasu Marine Association member and owner/operator of West Coast Drives in Lake Havasu, for winning Top Gun honors at the recent Texas Outlaw Challenge Shoot-Out competition on Clear Lake. Gilbert piloted his 40-foot Skater catamaran to a victorious top speed of 158 miles an hour to take top honors.

Thousands of boaters venture onto Lake Havasu every year, and according to the Lake Havasu Marine Association, some of those boaters are less considerate than others. Marine Association President Jim Salscheider said that he hopes to arrange round table discussions between the Association, state and federal agencies to address boating issues on Lake Havasu. “There are two state agencies, as well as federal and state agencies that work in Havasu,” Salscheider said. “They don’t all … Read More

AZGFD reminds boaters to ‘clean, drain and dry’ following five impoundments during past month. Following the recent interception and impoundment (out of state) of multiple quagga mussel-fouled watercraft that had been in Lake Powell or Lake Havasu for extended periods, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to “clean, drain and dry” – and especially decontaminate – their watercraft and equipment before exiting waters designated as having aquatic invasive species. Five vessels from Arizona … Read More

JUNE 2017 The Lake Havasu Marine Association is dedicated to the promotion of safe and pleasurable boating for all. However, what is usually a highly anticipated renewal of on-the-water fun and recreation along the lower Colorado River, has been marred by an inordinate number of serious boating accidents and incidents since early May. Some of the accidents have been appropriately reported and are under investigation by law enforcement to determine contributing factors and cause.  Others … Read More

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has appointed Ty Gray as director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The appointment came in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the commission’s June 11 meeting. Gray, of Phoenix, has been with Game and Fish for 24 years and is currently the agency’s deputy director. He replaces outgoing Director Larry Voyles, who announced May 12 he would be retiring after a 43-year career with Game and … Read More

Proposed wake restrictions in the northern areas of Lake Havasu created a frenzy among recreational boaters last year, and U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar says the fight isn’t over. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service posed boating restrictions on waterways surrounding Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, prompting a town hall discussion attended by more than 1,000 guests and speakers. Efforts by Gosar, Lake Havasu City officials and the Havasu public helped lead to the suspension of USFW’s … Read More