One of Lake Havasu Marine Association’s primary objectives is on-the-water safety. And properly placed and maintained directional and warning buoys rank at the top of the list when it comes to keeping boaters safe.
At present, 43 of the buoys on Lake Havasu plus an additional seven at the I-40 Bridge no-wake zone, are owned by the Lake Havasu Marine Association and with a PATON (private aids to navigation permit) from the U.S. Coast Guard, these buoys perform an important function ranging from designating no wake zones to dangerous shallow water hazards.
Several years ago, prior to the opening of the new Topock 66 Resort and Marina, it became apparent that the area immediately both to the north and south of the I-40 Bridge was a dangerous boating area due to excessive speed and careless night-time boating practices. Working in conjunction with Arizona Game and Fish, the LHMA was successful in helping create a small no wake zone on both sides of the bridge to alleviate this potential problem. Part of LHMA’s responsibility to that no wake zone is monitoring and maintaining those buoys.
More recently, a boater contacted the LHMA about an unmarked rock pile in the vicinity of Black Meadow Landing which had not been reported. The LHMA investigated, found the unmarked hazard and installed a warning buoy on it to prevent other boaters from doing unnecessary damage.
Boaters are encouraged to contact the LHMA if unmarked navigation hazards are discovered or buoys are found drifting or missing.