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,
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 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.
Houseboating allows you to explore secluded coves
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.
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.
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 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.
Lake Mohave's secret beaches are made for relaxation
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 vacations are all about charting your
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: www.foreverhouseboats.com,
or call 800.255.5561.
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