I was recently in Lake Havasu, and found a way to get our party of 5 on the water for just $10 – on the Lake Havasu Dreamcatcher passenger ferry. It was October, so the fare was $1 off from the regular rate of $3 per person. I was told the local newspaper offers free ferry passes if you take the time to grab those coupons. The ferry ride is 20 minutes on the Colorado River, heading from Arizona to the California side of Lake Havasu. The views are amazing, and the Dreamcatcher has an open second-story deck. Once across, we walked around, and ate lunch at the casino restaurant at the Lake Havasu landing, which had a sweeping, unobstructed view of the water.
Along the boardwalk where the ferry docks, you can also find many Lake Havasu boat rentals to catch a ride on tour boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, paddle boats and paddle boards. There are several parks in the area, a campground along the river, and the shoreline is dotted with replicas of lighthouses, a project of the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club. Lake Havasu boating is incredibly popular around spring break in March and April, so plan to book early if you are traveling in that time frame.