Just in time for Memorial Day — the Havasu Riviera launch will open | Local News

Havasu Riviera Marina will finally open its doors to the public next week – just in time for peak boating season on Lake Havasu.

The municipal parkway leading to the Riviera will open to the public for the first time on Tuesday, which means the red light on State Route 95, installed when the road was completed in 2017, will finally be lit for the first time. Havasu Riviera Marina itself plans to open its doors on Wednesday with a soft opening. Mychal Gorden, with developer Desert Land Group, said the marina will initially open with the basic essentials – the entrance gazebo, bathrooms, parking and the six-lane boat launch.

“At this stage, the operation is quite simple. It’s just about getting people here, getting them in and out of the water safely, and letting them go,” Gorden said. “We’re going to do our best to get the rest of this opening open. Currently our target is July to open the marina store, fuel docks and start having slips available for rent at that time.

This is a big step for a project of about 20 years. The current arrangement of a public-private partnership with State Parks, Komick Enterprises and Lake Havasu City was agreed to in 2016. Several previous plans to open the facility have been delayed over the years due to politics and, more recently, the pandemic.

Gorden said the plan is to hold a more formal grand opening and ribbon cutting for Havasu Riviera Marina once the store and docks are ready to open later this summer. But they wanted to make the boat launch available as soon as possible.

“Right now it’s about opening up that road, opening up the launch pad and letting the audience come down to see what it’s like,” Gorden said. “A lot of people haven’t been here yet, so we’re excited to just open things up.”

A third phase of development planned for the marina will include a restaurant and bar, banquet hall and dry boat storage. Gorden said that phase is still about a year away from completion.

Gorden said Havasu’s new boat launch has a capacity of about 400 to 500 boats — limited by available parking at the site.

“On these peak days and peak times during the summer, we’re likely going to hit capacity earlier than others,” Gorden said. “But we think we’ve built a first-class facility that people are going to be excited about. It will be really convenient for a lot of people in town to take off here instead of going down to the island or the north side of town and competing with all that traffic. I think it will give people more flexibility and more convenience. »

The new launch should also help distribute boat traffic and hopefully ease congestion at other boat launches at Site Six and Lake Havasu State Park, which are known for support boaters waiting to enter the water on busy weekends.

“One of the underlying reasons for this facility on the south side of town was to alleviate some of the traffic and congestion on the island on the north side of town,” Gorden said. “The city, state parks and everyone involved were thrilled to open it up as soon as possible to do just that. While we do have some capacity, just removing it from others and expanding access to the lake certainly helps alleviate some of that congestion in town.

The impact of the additional boat ramp will be tested almost immediately, as Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest boating days of the year.

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