Cattail Cove State Park Camping – Lake Havasu City, AZ

Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park is a 2000 acre state park that is operated by the Arizona State Parks Board. With the gorgeous mountain backdrop and bright blue water, this is one of the most scenic and well-kept State Parks we have ever visited.

Cattail Cove State Park Campground


Located in southern Mohave County Arizona, Cattail Cove State Park sits directly on the shore of Lake Havasu.

Being only 19 miles from Lake Havasu City, and 8 miles from Parker Strip, it is close enough to town for any activities that you may want to participate in. It also means that it is quiet, peaceful, and not nearly as crowded as Lake Havasu City.

Sites and Amenities

There are 61 sites with water and electricity (57 are 30 amp, and 4 are 50 amp).

View of the campground

There is a dump station located near the exit of the state park.

The two shower houses in Cattail Cove State Park are very nice and clean, with plenty of hot water.

Fish Cleaning Station

A fish cleaning station is also offered to all guests, as well as a free book exchange!

Free Book Exchange

There is a clean sandy beach for swimming, complete with several picnic tables that have shade coverings.

The swimming beach at Cattail Cove State Park
The swimming beach at Cattail Cove State Park

One thing that makes this campground different than most are the 32 “boat-in” campsites situated along the waters edge.

Lastly, a favorite for our water-loving dog Radar, there is a designated dog beach!

Our dog Radar loves water

Campers here can enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Havasu from almost every campsite. They are all paved, and there are plenty of shade trees for those hot summer days.


Cattail Cove State Park currently allows you to reserve a campsite by visiting this AZ State Parks website. This is an extremely popular State Park, so we recommend reserving a site as far in advance as you can (especially if you plan on staying in the winter months). We heard several people say that they reserved their campsite a whole year ahead of time!

Our Experience

We arrived January 7th, 2019. Somehow, we got lucky and found an available campsite just a week before we arrived. We camped at site #23, which was one of the largest sites at the park.

Our very large campsite at Cattail Cove State Park!
Our very large campsite!

For our 3 night stay, it was around 70 degrees outside with sunny skies the whole time.

The water is pretty chilly in January!
The water is pretty chilly in January!

While the water was too cold to swim, we did spend some time on the beach enjoying the sunshine. We even met a nice family that was visiting from Alaska!

Hiking at Cattail Cove State Park

There a few of the hiking trails within the park that offer stunning views of Lake Havasu, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

our dog Lilly on a hiking trail
The hiking trails at Cattail Cove State Park offered amazing view of the campground and Lake Havasu

The London Bridge is just a short drive away in Lake Havasu City, which was a nice day trip for us to go and see it.

cute toddler at the london bridge
The London Bridge is a must see if you’re ever in the Lake Havasu area

Lastly, Ellie loved picking some fresh lemons from the trees!

We packed up after our 3 night stay and headed just a few miles away, to this Awesome BLM campsite, which was free, since we had a one night gap before our reservation at River Island State Park.


Cattail Cove State Park offers a picturesque campground that is extremely well maintained and cared for. The entire staff was very friendly and nice to deal with. The weather was perfect and there is never a shortage of things to do in the Lake Havasu area while staying here.

Family picture at our campsite

We would definitely love to stay here again if we are ever in the area!

-Kyle G

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