Jet Boat Tour from Laughlin, Nevada to The London Bridge Review – A Pleasant Trip

 

London Bridge has proven to be a popular tourist attraction

  

The Colorado River at Laughlin offers many recreational options.  Traveling the 58 miles to The London Bridge at Lake Havasu City, Arizona on a hide speed diesel powered jet boat is an enjoyable one.

The boat departs from the Pioneer Hotel & Gaming Hall, Edgewater Casino, and Harrah's Casino boat docks

 

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 boat passes by many of the waterfront casino/resorts

 

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.

Ancient Indian Petroglyphs are visible along the water

 

 

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. 

The London Bridge Jet Boats dock at the foot of London Bridge

 

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.

Of course since you've come all that way to see the bridge, you might as well walk across and it only takes two minutes each way

  

The view from the bridge is expansive

 

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.

Shell marks from the German bombing of London during World War II were evident in 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

 

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