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Lake Havasu Boat Tours Highlight Unique Geology

(Prepared as an exclusive for Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports)

There is no better way to enhance your appreciation of Lake Havasu and the lower Colorado River than by experiencing one of six different guided boat tours. You can take in the natural, raw beauty of the desert and mountains. Learn about the pioneers who first settled these lands, as well as plants and animals that call the area home. Space is limited so call ahead for reservations.

Sunset Experience

The “Sunset Experience” is offered daily all year by Sunset Charter and Tour Company (928-716-8687). This intimate three-hour excursion aboard the Serenity Now seats only six passengers. It takes in popular rock formations such as Sleeping Indian and Balance Rock, and coves including Copper Canyon and Steamboat, with the unforgettable colors of sunset. $50 per person.

Copper Canyon Tour

The “Copper Canyon Tour” by Sunset Charter and Tour offers daily departures October to May, and weekend departures at other times. The one-hour tour for up to 18 people takes you south aboard Kon Tiki to one of the best known landmarks on the lake: Copper Canyon. Along the way you’ll hear the history of Lake Havasu City and the London Bridge. $20 per person; $10 for children 12 and under.

Topock Gorge Experience

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sunset Charter & Tour offers the “Topock Gorge Experience,” a four-hour tour aboard the Serenity Now for up to six passengers. Traveling through Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and majestic towering red rock canyon walls, you also take in ancient Indian petroglyphs on Picture Rock and rock formations such as the Praying Indian. $60 per person.

Seasonal Boat Tours

During October through May, Bluewater Jet Boat Tours (928-855-7171) takes up to 49 passengers daily to the northern end of Topock Gorge aboard the Starship 2010. The tour highlights breathtaking views of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, jagged rock formations such as Devil’s Elbow and 3,500-year-old Indian petroglyphs. Adults $45; Seniors $42; Children 6-12 $25; Children 5 years and younger free.

The “Copper Canyon/Island Tour” offered by Sunset Charter & Tour (928-716-8687) every evening from June through September is not to be missed. The 1.5 hour tour for up to 18 people aboard Kon Tiki visits Copper Canyon and includes a history of the London Bridge and Lake Havasu City, in addition to the reflective glow of colors on the water created by sunset and city lights. $30 per person.

Last but not least, Sunset Charter & Tour offers a two-hour “Lighthouse Tour” for up to 18 people on Wednesdays during October through May aboard Kon Tiki. The tour provides a detailed history on over a dozen miniature lighthouses along the water's edge and includes a stop at picturesque Copper Canyon. $30 per person; $15 children 12 and under.

For more tour information, consult the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau at http://www.golakehavasu.com and click on “Tours.” Or, call for a Visitors Guide at 800-242-8278. The Lake Havasu Visitor Center is also open seven days a week and can be reached at 928-855-5655.


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