London Bridge Jet Boat Tours runs two boats that can comfortably seat about 30 people each. The boats are equipped with 860 horsepower motors and can reach speeds of 40 MPH. The trip to the bridge takes about two hours.
The journey to London Bridge is half the fun. The Colorado River winds through Topock Gorge. Our tour was narrated by Joe the Jet Boat owner and captain. (The other boat and tour are captained by Joe's wife Jenny.) Joe told us about the history of the river and pointed out many unique features.
Along the way, passengers see volcanic rock faces, ancient Indian Petroglyphs, and dessert wild life. The nice homes on the Arizona side of the river were in sharp contrast to the barren Nevada side.
London Bridge is the focal point of Lake Havasu City. Once the boat reaches London Bridge, passengers have two hours to explore Lake Havasu City. There are other things to do at this spot besides walk the bridge.
Options include four good restaurants as well as numerous tourist shops in the area. We ate a leisurely lunch at The Javelina Catina and enjoyed their tortilla soup and fish tacos as well as unique potato spinach and cheese enchiladas. The tie die margarita is a house specialty. Other dining options are Barley Brother's Brewery, Shugrue's, and the Makai Cafe.
The bridge was built in 1831 and was purchased by Robert McCulloch from the City of London in 1967. His plan was to use the Bridge to promote Lake Havasu City. The reconstruction there was completed in 1971 and links an island in The Colorado River with the main part of Lake Havasu. The present bridge is a reinforced concrete structure clad in the original masonry of the bridge.
Taking the boat ride to The London Bridge is a great way to comfortably enjoy the wilderness area between Laughlin and Lake Havasu. The trip is well organized, informative, and relaxing. To Reservations are recommended. For further information contact London Bridge Jet Boat Tours.