Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, USA. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 56,355. It was founded in 1964 on the shores of Lake Havasu.
Lake Havasu City was established in 1964 by Robert P. McCulloch (of McCulloch Chainsaws) as a planned community. McCulloch had purchased 3,500 acres (14 km²) of property on the east side of Lake Havasu along Pittsburgh Point, the peninsula that eventually would be transformed into "the island". The city was incorporated in 1978. The present city grew around an old mining town established in the early 20th century.
The lake was formed in 1938 by Parker Dam on the Colorado River. One cannot reach the Grand Canyon from Lake Havasu, however, due to the dams: Davis Dam (creating Lake Mohave) and Hoover Dam (creating Lake Mead) and Parker Dam.
A popular tourist attraction in Lake Havasu City is the London Bridge, which crosses an 8ft (2.4m) deep man-made canal that leads from Lake Havasu (on the Colorado River) to Thompson Bay. It was bought for US$2.5 million from the City of London when the bridge was replaced in 1968. The bridge was disassembled, and the marked stones were shipped to Lake Havasu City and reassembled for another US $7 million. It opened in October 1971. It is a popular rumour that the bridge was bought in the belief that it was, in fact, London's more recognisable Tower Bridge, but this has been debunked by Ivan Luckin, who sold the bridge.
The city is a destination of choice for university students during Spring Break. Much of the spring break activity centers on the London Bridge Resort Village, a British-themed tourist district next to the bridge. The resort built a large patio extending out to the channel with a swimming pool and a stage equipped with disco lighting to accommodate parties.
Lake Havasu City is regularly host to other major events such as boating conventions and the Western Winter Blast.
There is only one way in and out of Lake Havasu City: via U.S. Route 95, which meets Interstate 40 to the north and Interstate 10 to the south. The city is served by several intersecting loop roads which connect with U.S. 95. This somewhat unorthodox road layout has been a source of confusion for many newcomers. Many of the houses in the city are vacation homes.