In the fall of 2011, the Lake Havasu Marine Association initiated an ambitious plan to ensure Havasu’s claim of “offering the best boating in the southwest with more than 60 continuous miles of lake and river waterways” remains intact.  “Boater access from the northern portion of the lake into the river has been a safety issue for years,” commented Jim Salscheider, Lake Havasu Marine Association (LHMA), president and CEO.  “Over time, silt and sediment have been deposited creating extremely shallow water throughout the area causing many boaters to run aground and in some instances resulting in serious accidents.  It’s time to take action and alleviate that problem with a permanent half-mile long deep-water channel marked with navigation buoys.”

The dredging project gained widespread support from numerous local agencies and the City of Lake Havasu. “The City fully supported the LHMA’s effort to address this issue providing safe passage to recreational boaters,” said Lake Havasu City Manager, Charlie Cassens.  Mohave County Sheriff, Tom Sheahan, echoed those sentiments saying, “There is no doubt that the creation of this channel has resulted in a significant enhancement to public safety.”

The necessary environmental approval process to undertake this project required many months. The dredging project, which was completed prior to January 1, 2012, was a privately funded venture. “With the generous help of our local boating industry and motivated community, we were able to achieve our funding goal,” said Salscheider. “Since its opening to the public, this deep-water channel has provided thousands of recreational boaters a safe and reliable method of traveling from lake to river.”


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