Lake Mohave's 237 miles of shoreline can be enjoyed year round as days are almost always sunny. The terrain surrounding the
lake varies from sheer cliffs of multicolored rocks to sandy beaches and secluded coves. Noted for its water sports, swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing- Lake Mohave also
offers other recreation. Ancient Indian petroglyphs and other historical phenomena lure hikers into the mountains.
Katherine Landing is located on Lake Mohave.A full service resort and marina, Katherine Landing rents houseboats, ski boats, patio boats, fishing boats and personal watercraft.
The marina has slips, a gas dock and repair facilities, a lakeside general store, and a tackle and bait shop. A restaurant and lounge
are available year round.
Although this is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area, our last visit in late 2004 showed that parking and boat
launching were free. Staff informs us that this is expected to change in 2006.
Boat slips are guaranteed with resort reservation, some restrictions apply. Lodge rooms are available and
the resort rents a three-bedroom house as well.
The resort features a 51-room motel with comfortable accommodations for those less inclined to take a houseboat adventure.
Cottonwood Cove is located on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave and features houseboat rentals, marina, boat rentals, fuel, dry boat storage, store, showers/laundry, motel, trailer village, RV sites, and
NPS campground and launch ramp.
Although this is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area,
our last visit in late 2004 showed that parking and boat launching were free. Staff informs us that this is expected to change in 2006.
THINGS TO DO
Short desert hikes allow you to experience places that few see. Hiking in the recreation area almost always
requires crosscountry travel; few maintained trails exist, so it is best to be prepared. The best hiking months
are October through May as in the summer months, the temperatures may exceed 100 degrees farenheit. You
can explore on your own during this time, or participate in a weekend hike lead by park naturalists. Longer
hikes demand careful planning so consult a topographical map and a park ranger. Provide detail plans to
someone who will know your route, and when you anticipate returning -- and stick to your plans. Always carry
water; (at least one gallon per day per person is recommended). Avoid long cross country hikes from June through September.
GOLF AND TENNIS
Eighteen-hole golf courses are located in Bullhead City, just south of the resort, and in Laughlin, Nevada.
Other eighteen-hole courses are located in Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California. Both towns are
approximately 30 miles from the resort. Nearby Bullhead City High School has four paved, lighted tennis courts that are open to the public.
Lake Mohave NRA is home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, ringtail cats, desert
tortoise, numerous lizards and snakes, and a wealth of bird species. Threatened and endangered species
such as the desert tortoise and peregrine falcon are found here, as well as ancient Colorado River fish
species. A wildlife sanctuary located at the tip of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead is populated by a variety of birds.
If you are looking for great sport fishing, look no further than Lake Mohave. Largemouth bass, striped bass
(Stripers), rainbow trout, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill are found in abundance. See our fishing page at fishing.htm
Houseboating and day boating is extremely popular within Lake Mead NRA, especially at Lake Mohave.. The
broad expanses of water are ideal for waterskiing, but be sure to observe all safety laws. Kayaking and
canoeing are excellent options for those looking for a slower pace. The dependable desert winds of the
National Recreation Area have created an interest for those seeking the thrill of sailboats and sailboards. Of
course, swimming is a major form of water recreation during summer months when lake temperatures warm
into the 80-degree range. Both lakes are clear, clean and also ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. No lifeguards are present. Never swim alone.
Bullhead/Laughlin Airport 5 miles from Cottonwood Resort. Commercial flights available. Houseboat and
motel customers may call the resort for complimentary shuttle. Call. (928) 754-3245.
Interesting Sights and Side Trips
Davis Dam, which creates Lake Mohave, was completed in 1953. This earth
and rock structure is 200 feet high and contains 3,642,000 cubic yards of material. Self-guided tours of the dam and the power plant may be taken.
Oatman, a quaint mining town located a few miles south of the resort is populated by burros. These descendents of the sturdy pack animals used by the
early days miners now wander the streets mingling with the residents and tourists soliciting handouts. Lake Havasu City, home of the London Bridge, is
just a ½ hour drive from the resort. This bridge was actually dismantled, transported and reassembled as the centerpiece of an authentic English village
recreated on the banks of the Colorado River. The village's shops, restaurants
and pubs are well worth a visit. If you are driving west of the resort toward the main highway to Las Vegas, a
detour up Christmas Tree Pass will lead you to some especially fine petroglyphs carved by Indian tribes. The road through the pass is unpaved.
If you wish to try your hand at the gaming tables, Laughlin, Nevada has several busy casinos that are located
just ten minutes from the resort.
Bullhead City is located five miles from Lake Mohave Resort. Shopping
and medical facilities are available. Laughlin, Nevada is located just eight miles from the resort, and offers casino gaming, shows and shopping.
DIRECTIONS TO KATHERINE LANDING
From Los Angeles:
1. Take 10 Freeway. Towards San Bernardino to the 15 Fwy.
2. Take the 15 Fwy. Towards Las Vegas.
3. Take I-40 East.
4. Take Las Vegas exit, Hwy.95 North, to Hwy. 163 and make a right turn.
5. Go 25 miles, crossing Davis Dam. Turn left a ¼ mile past dam onto Katherine Landing Rd. Follow to resort. Check-in at the hotel on the left-hand side of road.
From Las Vegas:
1. Take Hwy. 93/95 South thru Henderson.
2. Take Hwy. 95 South towards Searchlight .
3. Turn left onto Hwy. 163 towards Laughlin.
4. Go 25 miles, crossing Davis Dam. Turn left a ¼ mile past dam onto Katherine Landing Rd. Follow to
resort. Check-in at the hotel on the left-hand side of road.
1.Take Hwy. 17 North to I-40 West.
2. Take 1-40 West to Kingman.
3. Take Hwy. 93 North to Hwy. 68. Turn left.
4. Stay on Hwy. 68 to Katherine Landing Rd. and turn right. Follow the
road to resort. Check-in at the motel on left hand side of road.
DIRECTIONS TO COTTONWOOD COVE
From Southern California
Once on I-15, travel north over the Cajon Pass toward Las Vegas, NV. Once forty miles north of Baker, CA,
turn east on Nipton Road (State Route 164). Travel 32 miles through the town of Searchlight, NV on Cottonwood Cove Road.
Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina is 14 miles from Searchlight, NV. Once in Lake Mead National Recreation Area follow the signs to Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina.
From Phoenix, Arizona
Once on I-40, travel west to the Searchlight/Las Vegas, NV exit (Highway 95) just west of Needles, CA. Travel
north on Hwy. 95 to Searchlight, NV. Turn right (East) on Cottonwood Cove Road.
Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina is 14 miles from the turnoff. Once in Lake Mead National Recreation
Area follow the signs to Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina.
From Laughlin, Nevada
Travel north on Casino Drive. Turn left on Highway 163. Turn right (north) on 95 to Searchlight, NV. Turn right
(East) on Cottonwood Cove Road. Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina is 14 miles from the turnoff. Once in
Lake Mead National Recreation Area follow the signs to Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina.