ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, Arizona -March 5, 2009) - When college students get out for Spring break this year they will probably head to the Colorado River. Unlike past years when thousands of students went to Mexico, the State Parks rangers are predicting those students will be heading to the beaches along the Colorado due to warnings from the State Department. Arizona's universities are also encouraging students to avoid Mexico this year due to crime in Mexico, so the festivities will probably be shifted over to the Colorado River.
"Lake Havasu and other Colorado River beaches have always been popular spring break destinations, however this year I believe our State Parks will be full all the way through April. Since we have some of the only campgrounds in the Lake Havasu area, I would guess our three big State Parks along the river will draw students from many of our surrounding states," said State Parks Assistant Director Jay Ream. "The hotels all along the river will probably full up as well and students will spill over down on the State Park beaches."
"The Colorado's scenic shoreline is an ideal place to enjoy the hidden turquoise colored coves, beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and campsites. In the summer we'll have 750 boats a day launch at Lake Havasu State Park and a few hundred more at Cattail Cove and Buckskin Mountain State Park in Parker as well. I would assume even though it is cooler along the Colorado River, the various water activities will draw students from Universities all over the southwest. All along the channel down to the London Bridge will probably be wall to wall boats and students," said Ream. "Copper Canyon will be another hot spot for students with boats as well."
Near all three State Parks students can rent jet skis, or boats at an hourly, daily or weekly rate. There are sandy beaches in the parks, campgrounds, picnic areas and 12 boat launches. All the campsites include ramadas, picnic tables and fire grills. All three parks have hiking, interpretive programs and law enforcement rangers who will patrol and keep areas safe for students.
For more information call Lake Havasu State Park at (928) 855-2784. Regular day-use park fees are $10 per vehicle, however there are no reservations for camping as it is on a first-come basis. Prices for camping range from $10 to $22 per night. The Arizona State Park Annual Pass is available for $50 (some restrictions apply) and Premium Annual Pass is $125.
Lake Havasu State Park is located at 699 London Bridge Road off Highway 95 and Industrial Boulevard. The day-use hours are from Sunrise to 10 p.m.
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at azstateparks.com.