Exploring Havasu: Castle Rock

By Karley Glover/LHHS Journalism Student:

The Castle Rock area is surrounded by trees and bushes and occupies a vast amount of space along one sandy edge of the Colorado River.

A sign is at the entrance that points to the Castle Rock location. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Located at River Mile 220, Castle Rock is an area for non-motorized boats. Castle Rock is part of a 34,000-acre wildlife refuge. The area itself is roughly only 10 acres but is a beautiful area to visit.

The secluded location is frequently used for hiking and kayaking. Visitors can kayak the northern end of Lake Havasu by launching at Castle Rock and paddling south with the current to Mesquite Bay Central. The four mile water trail that many use is a great way to see part of the refuge from the water and experience part of the Colorado River.

The beach at Castle Rock is a popular spot to launch kayaks. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

For those who don’t own their own, canoe and kayak rentals and even guided tours are available from Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, and Laughlin, Nev.

If paddling into the small cove doesn’t sound appealing, there is an alternative. A parking area is located off of Vista Drive in the community of Crystal Beach. For visitors looking to relax on the beach, all that is required is a short walk down a sandy path directly to the water.

A sandy walking path leads to the waterfront from the parking lot. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

One may even be able to get a glance at the wildlife in the area. If visitors watch closely, one may see a lizard dart across the walking path or spot a burrow cooling off near the water.

The Castle Rock area is open to visitors year round. However, camping is not allowed. Commuters to the rock are also invited to bring their dogs along as long as they are left on a leash. Whether visiting from out of town or even a local, Castle Rock offers an attractive change in scenery and a peaceful environment for those looking for a convenient, day get-away.

The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge has signs posted in the parking lot with descriptions of the area. In the summer months, it is best to carry water on the trail. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

A walking path that leads to the waterfront. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Castle Rock sits on top of a hill near the waterfront. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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