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Mesquite Bay is a small cove within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge with water access, a paved walking path, shaded benches and a fishing dock.

Located inside the town of Lake Havasu City, Mesquite Bay offers river goers a spot to launch non motorized watercraft into a calm bay, an easy walking path with covered benches where its possible to view the birds who nest and hunt in the surrounding reeds, and can fish off of a dock stretching into the bay. The peaceful area tends to remain pretty quiet and calm. 

There are two small parking lots offering access to different parts of the bay. A few interpretive signs line the parking area and walking paths. The paddlecraft boat launch ramp is located at the southern parking lot, while the fishing dock and a dirt launch point to the river can be found at the northern parking lot.

Birdwatchers can head to Mesquite Bay to view a variety of migratory and native birds, which can include Yellow warblers, Red-tailed hawk, Hermit thrush, and Western Tanager. Fish found in Mesquite Bay include Largemouth and Striped Bass, Channel Catfish, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill and Black Crappie.

Mesquite Bay offers a calm area along the banks of Lake Havasu and the Colorado River where birdwatchers and fishermen can access a variety of species, and other visitors can head on a peaceful walk along the edge of the waterway with the scenic mountains rising from the banks on the California side of the river.

There are no fees to visit Mesquite Bay. Parking is free, however lots are smaller.

Dogs are permitted on leash. There are no bathrooms or water available at Mesquite Bay.

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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Accessible walking path and dock.


No water available.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


ADA accessible
Big vistas
Family friendly
Bird watching


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