The Lake Havasu Marine Association last week announced that it had received the prestigious Arizona Game and Fish Department Award for Excellence. Marine Association President Jim Salscheider was nominated this year for the award by Game and Fish Yuma Director Pat Barber, who noted the Marine Association’s efforts in maintaining Lake Havasu’s fishing opportunities, wildlife, recreational and boating opportunities. He also noted the association’s help in fighting aquatic invasive species. “They’ve been a great partner … Read More

Lake Havasu Marine Association President Jim Salscheider on Wednesday, September 13, announced that the Marine Association had been named “Organization of the Year” by the Arizona Game and Fish Department for its efforts on the lake. In each of those efforts, however, one volunteer was ever present. Havasu resident and longtime volunteer of the Lake Havasu Marine Association Bill Mackey was on Wednesday named the organization’s “Volunteer of the Decade.” Mackey has been with the … Read More

Beginning next year, California residents 20 years old and younger will need to have a California Boater Card while operating a motorized vessel in the state’s waterways, including Lake Havasu. The cards are issued when a boater passes a California state boater safety education exam. In preparation for the change, law enforcement agencies patrolling Lake Havasu and the Colorado River are taking the time to inform California boaters of the change. “We actually give them … Read More

A little wristband could have a big effect on boating safety in Lake Havasu. With 10 fatalities on the river between Bullhead City and Parker this summer, with most of those occurring in Lake Havasu, the chorus of calls for action has grown cacophonous. Enter the Lake Havasu Marine Association. Rightfully concerned about an emerging sense of worry about safety on the water, the Marine Association this week unveiled a revamped version of its old … Read More

Lake Havasu City, AZ:  The Lake Havasu Marine Association’s “Designated Operator 2.0 Program” is ready for re-launch on Friday, August 18, raising awareness of all boat drivers to be safe and sober while boating on Lake Havasu. The Designated Operator Program was originally launched on March 1, 2013. The mission of the campaign is to instill an awareness among recreational boaters that assigning the responsibility of a sober “designated operator” will significantly reduce the number … Read More

There were only a handful of comments collected during a six-hour public comment meeting on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge’s newest draft compatibility determination, a far cry from last year’s session that saw about 500 people turn out for an earlier draft. Of the few comments reviewed prior to Thursday’s meeting, most of the feedback received was ‘overwhelmingly positive,’ Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Manager Richard Meyers said. “The mayor and other pillars of the community … Read More

There seems to be more people venturing to Lake Havasu from sunny California than in years past. According to president and CEO of the Lake Havasu Marine Association, Jim Salscheider, 62 percent of all boats in Havasu and Parker were from California this month. A random sampling taken recently at Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park indicated nine out of ten boats were from California, he added. “Is it a busier year (on the … Read More

Cattail Cove State Park celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. From the park’s high-reaching slopes and rugged crevices, park managers are already looking to projects on the horizon that could enhance the park for decades to come. Park managers and representatives from consulting firm Kimley-Horn met with nearly two dozen stakeholders Thursday evening at Havasu’s Water Safety Center, where they discussed conceptual designs for Cattail Cove renovations. There, the public offered comment and suggestions for … Read More

Two fatal boat accidents over the weekend are just the latest in a string of deadly incidents on the water this summer. On Saturday, a 30-year-old woman from Hemet, California, was killed when the boat she was riding in sank in the Colorado River near Big River, a town near Parker. The next night, a man was killed when two boats crashed in Lake Havasu. The two accidents follow several water-related deaths on the lake … Read More

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