New trail proposed for Lake Havasu that would allow access to the water

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed 30-mile trail along the southeastern shore of Lake Havasu. The proposed walking trail would begin at the BLM’s Partners Point facility along the Lake Havasu shoreline and end near Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days, from January 7th through February 5th, 2021.

The proposed trail would pass within one-quarter mile of existing BLM-managed Lake Havasu shoreline campsites. Currently these campsites are only accessible by boat. Completing a trail to these campsites would allow hikers, trail runners, backpackers, and potentially mountain bikers to reach the water.

“The shoreline campsites are popular in summer,” said Jason West, Lake Havasu Field Manager. “A well-designed trail system would allow for year-round recreation on the shoreline, which would vastly benefit the community.”

Since the project area is currently in a designated non-motorized area, the trails would not be designed for motorized use. Other developments along the trail could include areas for wildlife viewing, fishing, educational signage, and accessible sites for people with disabilities.

Most of the trail would be on BLM lands, but two or three short sections would need to cross lands administered by other agencies. Appropriate agreements would be put in place before beginning the project.

Trail development would depend on partner commitment, funding, and additional environmental analysis. Written comments on the Lake Havasu Shoreline Trail project may be sent by mail to Bureau of Land Management, 1785 Kiowa Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403, or via email to .

23 comments

  1. Chester Mc

    Great idea bad thing is the bums would take over all the campsites and trash the entire area . So 50/50 split

  2. Michael Towles

    Motorized access should be allowed. Perhaps with a speed limit tho

  3. Blase Bauer

    Thanks for thinking of us

  4. This like so many pre Trump plans will take 20 years with all the Go er meant BS and kick backs and bribed

  5. Julia Travis

    I think it would allow people to trash that beautiful wildlife area.

  6. Pat Michaels

    More people, more trash, more graffiti, more homeless, more congestion, more crap and urine. No!!! Have you been to a public hiking area lately?

  7. Pat Michaels

    Chester Mc It’s your backyard, 50/50?? What’s the benefit?

  8. Chester Mc

    Pat Michaels would open up the lake for family’s to meet up with boat friends easier than in the channel make clean up much easier especially with trash service which they would need but unfortunately the area has been over run with homeless so they would quickly over run and trash the area would require policing the areas and monitoring camps to evict the ones trying to take advantage

  9. What this does with a growing number of homeless hanging out and camping along the shoreline wherever they are able to access this would create a danger for the boat in campers – who PAY for the privilege of stopping in any of these campsite. One thing that has always been special about Lake Havasu is you could SAFELY boat camp on the lake and not have to worry about someone accosting your or robbing you in the middle of the night. Imagine pulling into a campsite occupied by a homeless crazy person and the danger that represents. BTW we went through this same scenario with BLM here about 15 or 16 years ago and the people were overwhelmingly against this.. and motorized? are you people nuts! There is plenty off other places for dirt bikes – leave the camps on the lake [those that are not already taken over by development] to the boaters willing to pay the use fee.

  10. Rick Memmott

    Julia Travis homeless encampments unfortunately!

  11. Justin Kaze

    Sounds cool.. but I seriously doubt that the DOLLARS are available to actually pull that off

  12. Lisa J. Gibbs

    This would be awesome! Carl Tracy

  13. Suzanne Wehman

    This would be a great idea in a perfect society! Unfortunately that is not the current situation.

  14. Jan Holder

    Leave the beauty of the desert and lake alone.

  15. This Is FANTASTIC !!!! To those that are negative, you have no train of thought for others to enjoy just because you don’t bike ride or hike , I’m sure it can be incorporated to look nice and keep the desert as least disturbed as possible ,, I’m sure they will have a BLM Ranger do patrols a few times a day to keep out the bums and drifters ,, I’m sure they will put in bathrooms and trash cans and if your afraid of other people being on the shoreline enjoying themselves , then don’t go there in your boat ! Like I said I’m sure BLM will be doing daily Patrols , and people need to be more vigilant and not so oblivious to their surroundings and report things you see that are not right !!! as for as Funding , I don’t mind paying a little more in Taxes to have something this cool and fun to do along our Lake , as far as Motorized Vehicles “NO WAY” Only electric Pedal assist Bike riding , Nothing else NO Scooters No roller skating No UTV’s etc,, “Only BIKES” and Hikers and dog walkers with poop bags and trash bags ,, bath rooms and along the way !!! People need to look out for themselves , bring water ,, bring food , bring self Protection !! I say Go With It Make It Happen for Havasu & Parker

  16. Pat Michaels

    Driving in Lake Havasu should be enough, we have enough people and things to do. More isn’t always better.

  17. Pat McAfee Tanges

    No! Leave the lake for boaters! Please!

  18. Marie Petrofsky

    Who would pay the bill for this project??? At what cost to environment and wildlife around the lake bringing in equipment to make a new trail system?

    Look at Havasu Scanner feed at all the rescues for people hiking unprepared, a 30 mile trail is asking for trouble!

  19. Michael A. Petrofsky

    Horrible idea! This will only bring in trash, transients, & crime to a now beautiful area used for boat in campsites. If access to the lake is a concern, look no further than AZ State Parks who seem to command control of most of the access to the lake for a ridiculous high daily fee! I would rather see a limited walk in access area with parking area than a 30 mile trail ruining the entire east side of the lake. Maybe just north of the old Sand Point campground that evicted all and closed 7 years ago and has yet to be rebuilt. Do you know how many rescue calls occur now due to idiots hiking in hot temperatures near Sarah Park every summer alone? Can you imagine those hiking 5 miles out not realizing how far they’ve gone before having to return? The Riviera development is already the biggest blight to our once beautiful lake, now this???? Spend the money on creating actual boat in campsites that can be used, not built atop massive rock bars in unprotected areas outside of a cove that are never used by anyone. Whoever created most of the BLM boat campsites must have never owned a boat! How about build some campsites inside coves protected from wakes & wind and spend some money to make them usable with sand beaches. .. just a thought…

  20. Alan Nelson

    The Arizona State Parks +AND TRAILS+ Department will be the lead agency in this. They will use it to tie the Riviera Project (south of Contact Point) and Cattail Cove together. And you’ll need to have a “trail permit” or only access it through the State Parks (after paying a fee, of course). And they will use funds pilfered from the State Lake Improvement Fund (SLIF) to pay for it. SLIF monies are 100% from Marine Fuel Taxes and must be used for projects on Arizona’s Lakes (as this proposal is). Marine Fuel Taxes generate between $7-9 Million dollars annually, which State Parks uses to improve, operate and maintain Lake Havasu, Cattail, and River Island State Parks, while pulling revenue generated from those parks to fund other low performing parks and administrative costs. The concept of SLIF was to improve facilities on ALL of Arizona Lakes, in the form of Grants to Cities, Counties and other entities. Buckskin Fire Department and the La Paz Sheriff’s Boating Safety Center were built through those grants, as was the La Paz Park Lagoon, Ramada, campsites, rest rooms, ramps, docks, Patria Flats, Take-Off Point, etc. SLIF also funded grants for the acquisition of equipment such as Patrol Boats, Fire Boats, Dive Equipment, Boat collision investigation equipment, etc. It was a way to have the ones using those services (boaters) pay for them. As it is now, those items come out of General Fund monies (your sales and property taxes), or the Agencies have to go through the Legislature and try to get them to pass laws to pry a few dollars out of State Parks’ greedy paws for vital safety equipment, as Buckskin Fire had to do to purchase their new Fire Boat after they sunk their old one. It’s time to let our State Legislature know that we boaters want Marine Fuel Tax money to go to projects that actually serve the boaters that pay them, and not into the wasteful slush fund of State Park bureaucrats.

  21. Willber Dijeeper

    Alan Nelson This happens all the time–you charge one group of a people a tax and then STEAL IT for another pet project. It’s insane.

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