Lake Havasu City is a fun place to be. The city’s motto is “play like you mean it”. This city of 52,000 has events all year long and all of the services that you could want with free camping nearby, making it a great snowbird destination. Fishing, boating, jet skiing, golfing, and OHVing are some of the top outdoor activities in the area. With miles of beach front along the placid Lake Havasu, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking are great ways to spend the afternoon.
Free Camping Locations
RVers might be saddened to know that they cannot park overnight at Lake Havasu City’s Walmart, but there are many free and more scenic options that are convenient to town. We only list a few of them in this write up. For more free and inexpensive camping locations, visit this page.
Dispersed camping area nine miles north of Lake Havasu City and right off of AZ Highway 95 at mile marker 195. It is an easy place to get into and there is plenty of room for all sized rigs. A camp host will register you upon arrival and answer any questions that you might have. You may stay up to 14 days. It is a great area for solar with sun all day. Amazing ATT and Verizon data signals.
This Primitive camping area is located seven miles north from Lake Havasu City. The turn off is just past Walmart. All rig sizes are welcome. Of the free camping areas in Lake Havasu, this one has the most interesting landscape. This is a designated camping area with a camp host. There are some spots with deep sand so look before you leap. In tighter areas of the canyon, you will only get 1/2 a day of sun. Cellular data can be spotty in some areas. The deeper you go, the better it gets.
BLM land camping eight miles south of Lake Havasu City on the east side of US 95. This is an official site with a camp host. There is plenty of room for any size camper. The exit off the highway is a little tricky in a big rig with an off-camber transition from the the pavement to the dirt, but drive slow and it is fine. The camping is less than 1/4 mile from the pavement. The area is large and open with no shade. Good cellular data coverage with both AT&T and Verizon. OHVing is the main activity here and there is no shortage of places to ride. In addition to this area, 14 day camping is allowed on the East side of highway from mile marker 171 to 165.
The city is full of attractions and there are are events happening all year long. The town’s centrepiece is the London bridge. It was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. The Lake Havasu City Visitor Center conducts a 90-minute walking tour of the London Bridge.
In addition to the iconic bridge, Havasu also has a collection of lighthouses. These 1/3 scale replicas are actual functioning navigational aids built to the specifications of famous lighthouses on East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes. More than eighteen can be seen on the shores of the lake. Most can be hiked to while some are only accessible by boat.
If you’re feeling a bit parched, don’t despair. There are 3 breweries and both a winery and distillery in town. If you are up for an adventure, you’ll want to head out to the famous Desert Bar, a cash only saloon located out in the middle of the desert.
There is great mountain biking singletrack and hiking at Sara Park.
Registered, street legal OHVs can be driven on the roads in Lake Havasu City. All of the camping areas provide access to great trails, but Standard Wash is the most popular. It makes a great staging area for backcountry ventures for four wheel drive, dune buggy, motorcycles, and other OHVs. If you camp at Craggy Wash, there are canyons to explore and even some rock crawling routes. Nearby, there are large sand dunes on the state land behind Walmart to run around on. All of the camping areas also have OHV routes to town that are parallel to highway 95. However, the ones on the north side end at Walmart.
There are three offleash dog parks in Lake Havasu and all of them have grass! With the coarse ground in the camping locations, they can be a nice respite for you four legged friends to run free and play.
Dylan’s Dog Park is on the south side of town at SARA Park. It is the closest one to the Standard Wash camping area. It is also the only one with a separate area for small dogs. Avalon Park is on the north side of town and is the closed park to the Craggy Wash and Lone Tree camping areas. Lastly, there is Lions Dog Park at London Bridge Beach
Money Saving Tips
– Food City has a section for reduced priced produce.
– Walmart puts their reduced bakery items rack out in the morning and pulls it in at 4pm. You can sometimes find reduced items in their meat and bakery departments by looking for a bright yellow price sticker.
– $1 tacos at Chicos Monday (chicken), Tuesdays (ground beef), and Thursdays (fish).
Water and Sewer
There are water dispensers for jugs all around the city. There is a free one in the back of Walmart near the dairy items.
A couple of blocks west of highway 95 on Mesquite, you’ll find water dispensers with hoses. The cost is $0.25/gal or $1.00 for 5/gal. The roof is low (8.6′), but if you stay between the roofs, you’ll be OK.
There is a Pilot Truck Stop to the north where highway 95 and I-40 meet. It has water spigots at the gas pumps. It does not have a dump station. It is only ~6mi away from Lone Tree, making it a better option than driving the 12mi to Lake Havasu City. It has designated RV parking spaces where it is OK to overnight.
Lake Havasu State Park is in town and has water and dump for $15. It’s the best option as the private RV parks in the area charge more.
Lake Havasu RV & Boat Storage is located 5 miles north of town. Open 9am-6pm. The dump station fee is $20. Potable water on site.
Planet fitness is $10/month no contract. You can bring a guest.
There are truck stops with $10 showers at the junction of I-40 and hwy95.
The showers at the state parks are for registered campers only.
Kiowa Coin-Op Laundromat
Very busy with small parking lots. You could probably park an RV on the street behind it.
2610 N Kiowa Blvd
South of town. Largest with most machines. RV Parking
2837 Maricopa Ave
Open until 8p
Sundance Country Deli
In town. Small laudromat behind a convenience store. Decent parking options.
121 N Lake Havasu Ave
54 Lake Havasu Ave
681 N Lake Havasu Ave
North of town
Lake Havasu Landfill
3251 E Chenoweth Drive
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
M-F 7am-3pm Sat 8am-12pm
$6 minimum charge (covers up to 380#s of trash). Cash only. No recycling.
Allied Waste Services
2011 College Drive
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Household recycling only, items like aluminium cans and plastic bottles. No trash. No fee.
USPS General Delivery
1750 McCulloch Blvd N
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm
Postal Connections (928) 505-8340 – $10/package – must let them know before having the package shipped
A Mail Store and More (928) 854-7447 – $5/package – must let them know before package is shipped – will not accept USPS
A+ Mail & Business Center (928) 854-6245 – $10/package – wanted me to come in and show ID before she would give me the address
UPS Store (928) 854-4877 – $5/package
Staples wont accept mail.
Hold for Pickup
FedEX Distribution Center (928)453-2494