Everybody thought Robert P. McCulloch and C.V. Wood were crazy when they started building a city in the middle of nowhere. In 1964, Lake Havasu was a remote desert lake with only one road to it, on the Arizona side of the Colorado River.
Lake Havasu City was built because R.P. McCulloch had to move his chainsaw and outboard motor factory from Los Angeles as a result of rising property taxes. Everybody thought the same thing four years later, when Wood and McCulloch bought the London Bridge and brought it to Lake Havasu City (by the way, they did not buy the wrong bridge).
Today, Lake Havasu is one huge water park with the London Bridge as its centerpiece. You can water ski, power ski or go sailing, kayaking or canoeing. There are fishing, snorkeling, skin diving and exploring as well.
There are a number of places along the lake to pull in and dock for gas and supplies, or get a meal and a cold drink.
If you need to rent just about anything that floats, try Champion Rentals, (928) 855-8088 or www.championrentals.com. You can rent canoes or kayaks or go on a guided tour through the spectacular Topock Gorge by contacting Larry Sisk at Wacko, (888) 881-5038 or www.azwacko.com.
Bill Bryan has a wonderful two-hour sunset tour every Saturday. You can find his Desert Magic tour at (928) 680-4713 or email@example.com.
Take Interstate 10 west for 100 miles or so to Quartzsite, then head north on state Highway 95 and follow the signs. The trip should take about four hours.
Rick Kingsbury is the author of "Livin’ at the End of Old 95," a book about the history of Lake Havasu City as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. Buy his book at Wide World of Maps in Mesa and Phoenix, Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe or at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com.