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Nothing captures the image of the Old West quite like the desolate landscapes of Southern California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. However, if you’re seeking a bit of variety in the desert — and a boatload of fun in the Southwest — look no further than Lake Mohave.
Straddling the border of Nevada and Arizona, Lake Mohave is a reservoir that was created by the construction of the Davis Dam in 1951. Nestled between the Black Mountains in Arizona and Eldorado and Newberry Mountains in Nevada, the lake offers visitors untamed and unspoiled views from all sides.
As someone who prefers the desert to the beach, and calm ripples to thrashing waves, I strongly recommend a road trip (or pit stop, if you’re in a hurry) to Lake Mohave.
My companions and I rented a boat from Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina for two, eight-hour days. Our vessel of choice was the Deluxe Wakeboard Boat (opposed to the Ski Boat) because of its V6 engine. In other words: We wanted to go fast.
The days that followed were spent tubing, wakeboarding and waterskiing off the back of the boat. My favorite activity was tubing — ricocheting across the top of the water while clinging to an inflatable inner tube for dear life, until, inevitably, I plopped into the refreshingly cold water.
Pro tip: Have your flag (provided with every rental) at the ready. It’s the best way to let other boaters know that someone is in the water.
Katherine Landing also offers patio and fishing boats for more relaxed cruising. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Lake Mohave, one thing is for sure — particularly in the summer, when temperatures reach 110 degrees each day — it’s best spent on, and in, the water.
The Details Katherine Landingwww.katherinelanding.com