Lake Trail

Lake Havasu coastal lands south of Partner’s Point could become home to a new BLM trail. The BLM is now seeking public input on a proposed 30-mile trail along Arizona’s Lake Havasu shorelines.

In the desert coves surrounding Lake Havasu, there are a handful of BLM-maintained campsites that can only be reached by boat. But that could change this year with a proposed 30-mile trail along Havasu’s coastline, stretching from Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge to Partner’s Point.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the proposed trail would pass within one quarter-mile of existing shoreline campsites. The trail would allow those campsites to now become accessible to hikers, trail runners, backpackers and mountain bikers who would like to reach the water.

According to Lake Havasu BLM Field Manager Jason West, those shoreline campsites have proven popular during the region’s summer months. The proposed trail would now provide recreation at those sites for Havasu visitors throughout the remainder of the year as well. The majority of the proposed trail would be developed on BLM lands, but portions of the trail would cross lands maintained by Arizona agencies. Before development begins, officials say the BLM will have to arrange appropriate agreements with those agencies.

“It’s a concept that we’re working on at this point, and we’re asking everyone who might be interested to give their comments,” West said Wednesday. “Cost analysis for the project will come later – as of now, we’re doing preliminary scoping for the project.”

West said the project may see support from Lake Havasu City officials, who have already promoted a possible extension of trails south from Havasu to the area of Cattail Cove.

“We’re excited for it,” West said. “Now we’re asking the public if it’s something they want us to work on.”

According to BLM officials, the new trail project will not be for motorized use. Other potential developments along the trail could include areas for wildlife viewing, fishing, educational signage and accessible sites for people with disabilities.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will receive public comment for project from Jan. 7 to Feb. 5.

Ultimate development of the trail will depend on partner commitment, funding and additional environmental analysis. Written comments on the Lake Havasu Shoreline Trail project can be sent by mail to Bureau of Land Management, 1785 Kiowa Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Comments can also be emailed to blm_az_lhfoweb@blm.gov.

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simon1dog

Daniel Boone would've highly approved.

CHLGR855

I think this is a great idea. In the Summertime they will still only be boat access as very few people will be hiking with 100+ temps most of the boating season. These trails will only be primarily used in the Spring, Fall and Winter when the majority of these boat sites sit empty. My guess is that most hikers will just be passing by not to actually use the sites anyways.

bbbob

no body is enforcing the off road buggies, or the illegal 2 to 4 month living with an RV on BLM and state land..........................That is the problem, new laws, but no enforcement.....

Mouse in AZ

Why should folks who can afford expensive boats have exclusive access to secluded campsites? Having a well-maintained trail system near the lake would take some of the visitor pressure out of Sara Park and provide a new and unique recreational opportunity for Lake Havasu City.

Hcarolyn

Terrible idea - will make the lake boat-in sites more available to the growing number of homeless inhabiting our shoreline these days. Imagine being asleep in one of the sites formerly only accessible by water and having some stranger wander into your site - or leaving your site to go skiing with your group and coming back to find someone has taken over your site and your coolers, etc. And from what I read on this last week the trails would be available to motorized vehicles - nothing like dirt bikes to destroy a quiet afternoon on the lake -- and don't forget we all pay to use the boat-in BLM campsites, they are not free, even if we stop to have lunch and visit with friends for a few hours. They came up with this idea at least 16 or 17 years ago and the locals all turned out at the then public meeting to express their displeasure to the idea. As it is since then they are developing down beyond Contact Point and a new marina, etc., going in - there is even fewer boat-in sites still available. Leave the lake be.. There are plenty of trails for off road in the desert and there is already a hiking area along the lake down at Cattail Cove.

vsimon63

I agree....

hruns100s

As long as ATV's and other motorized vehicles are prohibited and the trails bypass and do not go through the campsites, I see this as a good thing.

Havajerry

Normally I would support the establishment of a trail, but the boat-in campsites on Lake Havasu campsites are a special feature of the lake the could be hurt by this. The campsites that are currently accessible by trail are not preferred because hikers come through the campsite and use the facilities. They are not necessarily doing anything wrong, it just takes away from the secluded campsite feeling.

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