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Lake Mohave
Forever Houseboat Vacation
On Lake Mohave

Story and photographs by Greg Aragon

here was a beautiful calm on Lake Mohave as we eased the pontoon into Owl Point Cove to board our houseboat for the weekend. We had just cruised about 20 miles down the Colorado River from the base of Hoover Dam, and I was ready to climb aboard the vessel and settle into an exciting, new adventure.

Stretching 70 ft-long, the two-story houseboat boasted 4 bedroom cabins and two sleeper sofas, giving it enough room to comfortably sleep 12 people. It also came with two bathrooms with showers, a full kitchen and dining room, and a sports deck with barbecue, bar, Jacuzzi and waterslide. The floating house also came with a jet ski tied alongside.

houseboat from Forever Houseboats docked on the shore of Lake Mohave
Houseboat vacations offer fun and adventure for family and friends

We rented the boat from Forever Houseboats, which has a fleet of them in marina's throughout California and Nevada, as well as a couple in Utah and Missouri. Ours came from Cottonwood Cove Marina, a few miles from Laughlin, NV. When guests rent a boat from Forever Houseboats, they get to navigate it themselves and seek out their own secluded coves and beaches to tie at. My friends, who left a day before me, sailed it into Owl Point Cove.

a cove at Lake Mohave
Houseboating allows you to explore secluded coves and beaches

Once aboard the ship, I unpacked in my cozy cabin, then hit the waterslide to cool off in pristine Lake Mohave. It was spectacular 90-degree day and the water was refreshing and super clear. I could see down at least 10 ft into it. When I splashed into the water and emerged to see my very own houseboat sitting there in the cove, I knew it was vacation time.

After cooling off, I joined my shipmates in the dining room for sandwiches and cold beer. I then took a hike in the rocky hills behind the boat. While trekking above the lake, I got some great aerial views of Lake Mohave and the surrounding area.

writer taking a dip at Lake Mohave
Lake Mohave's pristine waters are a hidden treasure off the Colorado River

Lake Mohave, created in 1951, lies near present-day Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. It is a reservoir formed by Davis Dam on the Colorado River, which defines the border between Nevada and Arizona in the United States. The lake, which sits 647 ft above sea level, starts at the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and runs to the Davis Dam. The lake and adjacent lands forming its shoreline are part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The lake, which encompasses 28,260 acres of water, is still kind of a hidden treasure among boaters and people in-the-know. With its myriad secluded coves, giant rock shear walls, sandy beaches and deep clear water, it is a truly memorable location.

writer relaxing at a jacuzzi in a houseboat at Lake Mohave
Some houseboats come with waterslides and Jacuzzis

Back aboard the houseboat, I cooled off with another trip down the waterslide, then warmed up in the Jacuzzi, which sits on the sports deck, overlooking the lake. From here, I watched boats, kayakers and jet skiers pass by. The jet ski looked so fun that I soon found myself aboard our See Doo, zooming across the water, bouncing on waves and investigating lost coves.

jet skiier exploring Lake Mohave
Jet Skis are a fun way to explore the lake

After the ride, I showered and had a nap inside my cabin. Small, yet efficient, the cabin featured a full bed, lots of drawers and closet space, a flat screen TV, and window to let in the fresh desert air. For dinner my friends and I threw some chicken on the barbecue and dined outside on the sandy beach, as the sun fell behind the mountains.

vacationers at a sandy beach, Lake Mohave
Lake Mohave's secret beaches are made for relaxation and fun

That night, as millions of stars appeared in the black desert sky, I thought about what a wonderful getaway a houseboat can be for family and friends. It is both an intimate vacation and a wide open, natural adventure. The experience can be summed up pretty good with the words on the Forever Houseboats website:

"Houseboat vacations are all about charting your own course. Your schedule is quickly reduced to the calm quiet of sunrise, and the colorful sunset over the lake. Days again become your own. Night skies return to the way we all remember them away from the cities - glittering with stars and inky black."

houseboat, Lake Mohave
Houseboat vacations are all about charting your own course

Forever Houseboats offers a variety of boats, from economical and easy to navigate craft that are perfect for a family of four, to luxury models that sleep 10 to 12. For more information on renting a houseboat and on current specials, visit:, or call 800.255.5561.

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It's not a forest of banyan trees in Lahaina by the harbor. It's one huge tree, about 140 years old. It's an important landmark of Lahaina, and one of our favorite views.We always stay at the Pioneer Inn, overlooking the harbor and the banyan tree. Every evening thousands of mynah birds fly into the tree, chattering and fluttering until they settle down for the night. Otherwise, great article.

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