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

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

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

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

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

One of the Lake Havasu Marine Association’s most successful and still on-going programs is our beach clean-up trash bag effort. We have over 70 trash bag posts installed on popular beaches around Lake Havasu, offering free trash bags to boaters encouraging them to pack-it-in and pack-it-out. Our LHMA volunteers are out on the lake every week, making sure that posts are filled with rolls of new bags and that trash has not been thoughtlessly left … Read More

  In his first day on the job, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders Thursday that the department said expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities nationwide. The department said the orders deliver on promises that President Donald Trump and Zinke made to expand access to the nation’s public lands. Representatives of sportsman, conservation and recreation organizations praised the actions. “Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and … Read More

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is proposing fee increases for some of its boating registration services. It is the first proposal of its kind by AZGF in 25 years, according to AZGF officials. Watercraft transfer fees will increase from $4 to $13, while duplicate registration fees will increase from $2 to $8. Registration for watercraft dealers will increase from $2.50 to $20. Abandoned and unreleased watercraft applications, for which there has never been a … Read More