Lake Havasu City is a small city that lies on the western edge of the state of Arizona, along the Colorado River, about 20 miles south of Interstate 40. The city receives its namesake from the lake: Lake Havasu - meaning "blue waters". Lake Havasu City boasts over 350 days of sunshine each year. The city lies just east of the lake and has a population of about 55,000 people.
Lake Havasu City is a nationally recognized Spring Break destination for college students, welcoming students from across the nation for six weeks (of rolling spring breaks) each year. It is also home to the famous and rebuilt/transported London Bridge. Because of its mild winters, Lake Havasu City has a huge winter visitor (called snowbirds) population. The summer months brings "boat babies", "river rats", and "sun bums" - people that like to get on the lake with their boats, people that like to hang out in/near the river(s), and people that enjoy the hot desert sun, respectively. The summers can reach upwards of 120 degrees, with the lake water maintaining a temperature of about 86 degrees. It is a tourist destination. If you travel to Lake Havasu City, be prepared to pay more than fair prices for food and drink, and be prepared to wait in long lines at certain times of the year.
The lake itself is a recognized national reservoir of the Colorado River and is under federal jurisdiction. The north inlet comes through Topock Gorge; the south outlet flows to Parker, Arizona
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