Cattail Cove State Park RV & Campground Guide
Nestled into the rugged landscape of Western Arizona near the California border, Cattail Cove State Park is a relaxing oasis. Here, you can wake up to views of mountain peaks and end the day with a spectacular sunset over Lake Havasu. The lake, which is 45 miles long, is the star of the show at Cattail Cove; these refreshing waters offer year-round opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Within the park, you can launch your own craft from the boat launch or rent paddleboards and kayaks for a relaxed day of paddling in the lake’s quiet coves. Bring plenty of sunscreen: summer days regularly reach higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit while winter days usually sit at a pleasant 60-70 degrees. Cattail Cove State Park sits about three hours from both Las Vegas and Phoenix, making it a convenient destination for a weekend escape or a longer RV vacation.
Spring 54-95 F
Summer 78-107 F
Fall 76-102 F
Winter 44-72 F
Lake Havasu City, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cattail Cove State Park
Whether you’re visiting Cattail Cove State Park in the heat of summer or the warm winters, an RV is a great way to create a comfortable home base — it’s a wonderful retreat after a day on the water. If you don’t have an RV, an RV rental from RVshare is a fun way to bring a bit of luxury to your Arizona camping trip.
Cattail Cove State Park Campground
The most convenient way to experience the park is by booking a site at the Cattail Cove State Park Campground, which sits inside the park boundaries. Each of the park’s 61 sites comes with water and electric hookups. Feel free to bring your big rig — all of the sites can hold RVs up to 60 feet long. If you need 50-amp service, book early; only four of the park’s sites offer this option. The remaining sites all have 30-amp electric hookups. Every site comes with a fire ring, and campfires are allowed year-round. Coming on a weekend between April 1 and September 30? You’ll need to book a minimum of two nights. Both RV and tent sites start at $30 per night at Cattail Cove.
BLM Standard Wash OHV Area and Campground
Looking to save a bit of money? Thinking about bringing an ATV on your vacation? The BLM offers free primitive campsites at the Standard Wash OHV Area and Campground. Keep in mind that this spot allows only dispersed camping. That means that there are no hookups, and you should plan to pack out any waste. You can camp for free in this area for up to 14 days, but be sure to choose from one of the existing sites. There’s plenty of room to maneuver in this area, so you’ll have ample room to park your ATVs and your tow vehicle. Nearby, there’s a large area that’s popular with OHV and ATV riders. Since Cattail Cove State Park is less than 5 miles away, this area makes a great home base.
Sam's Beachcomber RV Resort
If you’re looking for a campsite with plenty of amenities, drive 19 miles north of Cattail Cove to Sam's Beachcomber RV Resort. Here, you can book a peaceful site under the palm trees and wake up to spectacular views of the mountains. Every site comes with full hookups — plus, you can use the park’s private beaches, boat ramps, and docks. Bringing little ones? The pool, spa, and recreation center make great places to relax after a day of adventure. You’ll also find a large laundry room. Pets are welcome, but it’s important to note that for insurance reasons, this park bans certain breeds, including Dobermans, rottweilers, pit bulls, and chows. Sites at this campground start at $64.56 per night for an RV. On holidays, you can expect nightly prices starting at $75.32.
River Island State Park Campground
When the Cattail Cove State Park campground is full, you can get a similar experience at the nearby River Island State Park campground. With 37 campsites, this park accommodates both small campers and big rigs. Each site offers electricity and water. While 29 of the sites offer 50-amp, 30-amp, and 20-amp service, eight smaller waterfront sites offer only 20-amp service. When you’re booking, take special notice of the access options — only 19 of the RV sites are pull-through. River Island offers easy water access and an extensive trail network, so it’s ideal for boaters and hikers. Sites here start at $30 per night.
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What to Do at
Cattail Cove State Park
Inside Cattail Cove State Park
Inside Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu is the main attraction. If you’re towing a boat, you can use the boat ramp; it accepts both motorized and non-motorized craft. You can also book one of the sit-on-top kayaks or paddleboards that are available from the ranger station. If you’re visiting over a holiday weekend, it’s a good idea to reserve your rental in advance. Campers can also enjoy swimming or fishing from the shore as bass, catfish, and bluegill are plentiful.
Outside Cattail Cove State Park
Looking to chow down after a full day on the lake? You'll find plenty of restaurants just outside Cattail Cove State Park. There are also some other recreation areas in the region if you'd like to extend the trip.
The closest restaurant to Cattail Cove State Park, this relaxed spot located inside Havasu Springs Resort serves comfort food in a low-key setting.
Type: American, comfort food
Location: 2581 AZ-95, Parker, AZ 85344
Sip a craft beer on the outdoor patio or watch the big game on the indoor TVs at this informal restaurant, which offers classic American pub fare.
Type: Bar and grill
Location: 3453 Maricopa Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
Montana Steak House
Fill up after a day of boating at this comfortable chophouse, which is known for its hearty servings and excellent seafood selection.
Type: Steak, seafood
Location: 3301 Maricopa Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
La Vita Dolce Italian Bistro and Lounge
With its filling pizzas and pasta dishes, this Italian restaurant is popular with families. After dark, the excellent wine selection and intimate atmosphere are ideal for a date night.
Location: 231 Swanson Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Fill up on affordable tacos and burritos at this Lake Havasu City hot spot, which offers counter service and outdoor seating.
Location: 1641 McCulloch Blvd N # 21, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
At this shop, you can pick up an Arizona souvenir or a work of art for your home.
Location: 1635 Mesquite Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
You'll find everything from sunscreen to sporting goods at this friendly store.
Location: 181 Swanson Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Golf Pro Shop
Planning to hit the links near Lake Havasu? Grab anything you forgot at this golf store.
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Stella's Antique Mall & Collectables
Plan to spend an hour at this fascinating store, which is packed with one-of-a-kind antiques.
Location: 2022 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Rent a kayak and explore the calm waters at this refuge, which is located just 8 miles from Cattail Cove. Keep an eye out for the occasional educational program at the visitor center. This center also offers fascinating displays about the history and wildlife in the region.
Buckskin Mountain State Park
Situated about 14 miles south of Cattail Cove, this park offers swimming, boating, and hiking opportunities. It's especially good for hiking, with trails that wind deep into the rugged wilderness.
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Drive 45 miles north to this scenic spot for bird-watching and spectacular views. In hunting season, the refuge opens to hunters in search of waterfowl, rabbits, feral hogs, and big game, including bighorn sheep.
Walk over this historic bridge in Lake Havasu City; it once ran across the River Thames in London in the 1800s.
Lake Havasu Museum of History
Learn how Lake Havasu and the Colorado River have impacted the history of Arizona and the United States at this small family-friendly museum.
How to Get to
Cattail Cove State Park
The easiest way to access Cattail Cove State Park is on Highway 95. It runs past the eastern edge of the park. If you’re coming from the north, take Interstate 40 to Highway 95. From the south, you can access the highway from Interstate 10.
Entering Cattail Cove State Park
Limited campgrounds and RV sites
Monday-Thursday : $10
Friday-Sunday : $15
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