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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005 7:24 am | Updated: 8:12 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

MTV put Lake Havasu City on the map for the spring break set, but city officials there are clamping down on partying, and it’s doing wonders for the town of Parker.

"We have floating bars on the river, and we have no restrictions on noise or the size of boats or party activities," said Parker tourism director Tommy Bonnapache.

Parker is 17 miles south of Lake Havasu City along the Colorado River.

Each summer Parker is overrun by power ski riders, water-skiers and tubers..

And there are other things to do in the area:

• Parker Dam, 17 miles north of Parker, forms the reservoir for Lake Havasu and, at 320 feet, is the deepest in the world. The dam is closed to the public, but the views from either the Arizona or the California side are worth the trip. (760) 663-3712.

• Parker Area Historical Society, 1214 California Ave., Parker. Photo exhibits on Parker Dam and the Japanese internment camps. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. (928) 669-8077.

• Poston Memorial Monument, 11 miles south of Parker on Mohave Road, marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center, where 17,867 people of Japanese ancestry were held during World War II. The center is open during daylight hours, and admission is free. (928) 669-9211.

Learn more

The Parker Chamber of Commerce has information on boat and power ski rental. Visit www.parkertourism.com or call (928) 669-2174.

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