Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Cattail Cove State Park is a hidden gem of a park located near the lower Lake Havasu area along the Colorado River.

The park is family friendly, containing a mix of features and amenities that visitors with children, along with those without, will enjoy. The park offers a boat ramp and access to the river. There is also a 61 site campground within the main park area with each site containing an electrical hook up and RV space. The campground here won an RVwest Magazine Reader's Choice Award for being one of the best snowbird campgrounds. Boaters might leave their car in the parking lot and boat up to one of the nearby park camp sites accessible only via a water entrance.

Numerous hiking trails extend from the park into the mountainous backcountry surrounding it. Of these trails, the easier ones are the Wayne's Way Loop Trail that alternates between a low sandy wash an higher rugged terrain for 1.2 miles, the 1.1 mile long McKinney Loop Trail that climbs into the landscape before wrapping back along a path that overlooks the river, Ripley's Run is slightly over 3 miles in length and makes a larger loop into the higher rocks around the park, and meets up with the end of Whyte's Retreat Trail which parallels the river for its length.

The main park area features a sandy shore with a protected swim area and offers life jackets for visitor use. There are numerous shade covered picnic benches on the beach and along the shore. 

Exploring the park grounds will lead visitors to find the horseshoe pits, native plant garden walk, amphitheater for ranger led interpretive programs for young campers, short trails up some of the scenic rocky landscape around the area, and geologically rich areas containing jasper, geodes, obsidian and turquoise.

Visitors can ask for a park guide at the entrance station which details trails and features. 

Cattail Cove State Park is open for day use from 6am to 10pm. There is a park entry fee of $10 per vehicle Monday-Thursdays, and $15 per vehicle Friday-Sundays. Additional entry fees may be applicable. Visitors can check out the Arizona State Parks website for complete details. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Day Use

Open Year-round



Variety of features and amenities. River and trail access Spacious campground. Family friendly.


ADA accessible
General store
Boat ramp(s)
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Covered picnic areas
Potable water


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Cattail Cove State Park, Arizona
Cattail Cove State Park, Arizona
Cattail Cove State Park, Arizona


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