Putting Havasu in our wake we made our way up the Colorado River and onto Lake Mojave. But first, we had to stop in at Laughlin, NV to see what all the hype was about! I’ve had a lot of people tell me that if your going to Vegas you might as well go to Laughlin instead. Hmmm…I thought. Vegas has always treated me well and the thought of thousands of bikers slugging Coors light and seeing who’s Harley is the loudest never really interested me. We figured if it’s on the way, why not? After a short detour due to a wrong turn suggested by our trusty gps we got to see the beautiful Davis Dam which is what slows the mighty Colorado to for Mohave Lake. Although not on our Itinerary it was certainly a sight to see. We’ve come to learn that the Hoover Damn, Davis Damn, Glenn Canyon Damn, and the Parker Damn all work together to form the 4 largest reservoirs in the United States comprising of Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, and Lake Powell. What’s cool is a bunch of this water that we have been playing on will eventually go on to fill the swimming pools that have made this trip possible. Despite popular opinion, most of it goes to the agriculture industry which feeds a huge part the country’s population and not to the wealthy folks in southern Ca and their back yards, but I digress…
Well, we happened to arrive in Laughlin the day before some big motorcycle rally called the River Run which was to bring some 43k bikers into to town. They were setting all kinds of things up including stages and all sorts of outdoor vending. Lucky for us things were still a bit quite as we would have looked a bit out of place in our tiny RV pulling a sailboat! I’m sure it was a blast and I don’t mean to knock the people that are into that, but we like to chill and keep things mellow these days. We did walk around and talk to some people who were all super nice and let us know some good places to get lunch. Blue even got to walk through his first casino! We ended up eating at Old Town Saloon’s Blazing Blues BBQ of course! One reason is we love BBQ, 2nd because we needed a drink, and 3rd our beloved dogs name is Blue! This is one of those places that probably will get a bit crazy since there is a huge dance floor with dollar bills lining the walls and ceilings. We added to their collection with a bill labeled with our website and attached it to the wall next to a jukebox. Good food, awesome bartender, and reasonable prices made us happy so back on the road we went in search of Cottonwood cove and Lake Mohave.
Cottonwood cove ended up being a very secluded RV Resort tucked in down a hill just a few miles from the freeway. This can be good and bad. Good because seclusion is what we are looking for, bad because they don’t really have anything including cell signal. They did have a spot with a picnic table the locals called the ATT table. This got you 1 bar and an E…whatever that stands for. The other option was to hike up a hill to the top in hopes the winds were blowing in the proper direction. In my experience this still only yielded les than desired results. Oh well. As it turned out the facilities at this place were very clean and had some of the best shower/bathrooms we’ve experienced yet. It looked like they literally just finished remodeling them. From the outside however, you would never know. The docks and launch ramp were all set up very nice and with it being a slow time of year we had no trouble getting the boat in and out of the water. Another plus was the people working there were awesome! We are starting to realize that it pays to come to these places during the off season. Lake Mohave was very full with water which caught us off guard. Not in a bad way since it made the sailing great and the maps were actually accurate. The other lakes we have been to and will be going to are very low do to the drought the region has been in. This makes it tough to read maps since the maps are usually laid out when the water is at its high or regular levels. We learned that they systematically let water out of the higher lakes in the spring in anticipation of the snow melting in the mountains. So Lake Powell lets water out first which flows into Lake Mohave, then Mohave lets water flow into Mead, then Mead into Havasu, and the snow melt fills in the rest. I did not know that, but it makes sense I suppose. Of course this info did come from a pretty shady looking park ranger so I wouldn’t go using it for any thesis papers or newspaper articles or you might get yourself in trouble. Either way, the boating and fishing here is great so we would certainly recommend anyone who is into that sort of thing to put this spot on your map. The NV state record Striped Bass was caught on this lake and it weighed in at impressive 63#s! We set out in search of one of these monsters with plans of camping with or without the fish. We found a great little cove next to an awesome rock formation aptly named Castle Rock.
We pulled in slowly setting an aft anchor to secure the stern (it was still pretty windy and we were on the lee side of the lake), then the fearless 1st mate Bailie jumped into a frigid 2 feet of water to set the shore anchor ensuring our safety for the night. It was hot and the crew needed to cool off after surveying the surrounding areas for any dangers. Luckily the cove was deep and strewn with some sweet jumping rocks. Blue even set a new dog cliff diving record with his 10-12ft leap! I caught a few small bass, but no keepers. Oh well, we had hot dogs and s’mores to cook so we set a small campfire and settled in for he night.
We got very lucky as the sun was setting a small heard of Big Horned Sheep made their way slowly down the canyon we were nestled in. Its always a little spooky to see such large wild animals just 50 yds away, but pretty cool none the less. We sat quitley and watched them for a while taking a few pictures and trying to keep Blue from chasing them. He is a cattle dog after all. Next stop is Las Vegas where we will take long showers, sleep in a real bed, and have someone else make us dinner!