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Willow Beach Resort Campground at
Lake Mohave (actually it's a river at this point) just 12mi below Hoover
Dam by water has a new campground with about 30 full hookups sites.
This is part of a $20mil 2yr project to minimize flash flood danger and
improve the resort infrastructure. In addition to RV sites there
are also about 10 tent sites available around the perimeter of the
campground. These tent sites have the best views of all the sites.
In the picture you can identify the tent sites with funny looking green
post with a 180 degree bend at the top. These are lantern posts.
As you can see the
area is quite scenic. This campground was very well thought out,
the amenities are very nice, including a flash flood early warning
system. Really the only thing this campground is missing is an
Internet hotspot, but this is available at the marina store area 1/2
mile down the hill.
The only downside about this campground is it's pretty far from the water, it's not a
simple walk because it's up a hill about a half mile away, so if you're
camping in this campground and want to visit the river water, you'll
likely want to drive. If you're in a motorhome with no tow-car,
this may pose a problem. Trust me, you're not going to be hiking
this trek up and down the hill, especially during the summer heat.
Maybe the marina will implement a shuttle program at some point.
About 130,000 people
visited the Willow Beach Marina in 2010. I'm sure these
improvements along with the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge will increase
these numbers in coming years as the public learns about the
Unlike Lake Mead, Lake Mohave water levels are
always up. You won't have the launch ramp worries that are common
on Lake Mead. At Willow Beach the ramp will handle 4 wide
launching, so the summer line should move right along. Make sure
you get there early because even though they have a new parking lot, I
don't think it's going to be enough for peak season.
Over the last 30yrs this resort has suffered major
damage from flash floods. There use to be a motel and trailers
residence in this area, but the constant threat of flood
was always a known risk. In
the 70's there were several damaging floods hit Willow Beach, prompting
eventual closure and removal of the campground and most of the resort
facilities. This renovation is hopefully the
compromise of amenities and safety, allowing the maximum usage of the
resort while keeping the resort infrastructure and people safe.
A primary objective of the $20mil renovation of
Willow Beach is safety from flash floods. The flood channel above
is designed to minimize risk and damage in the event of flood rains.
You can see the new parking lot here. This floodchannel was
cleverly design to dump right down the launch ramp into the river.
Just below the campground is a day use area that has
a great view of the river below and marina below.
for the view.
There a few pull-thru sites available in the RV
section of the campground, these fetch a premium price.
These tent sites are generally higher than RV sites,
providing for a very good view down the canyon
Few trees are around, so during the summer months you
need to bring your Easy-Up shade.
The river is way down the hill from the campground,
about 1/2mi away.
This site is a few steps away from where your car
parks, but the view is incredible (see picture above)
This the the typical RV site with water and power
hookups, plus a table and space for a second vehicle.
There are about 30 RV
sites total, all of them are spaced out about like this above.