Fort Mojave and Mohave Valley are a "winter mecca" for "snowbirds," the RVers who come down from the snow country to escape the ravages of northern winters and bask in our sunshine. During this period the population in the Mohave Valley more than doubles.
The 25 RV parks in the Mohave Valley area offer about 3,000 rental spaces for RVers. The prices for these accommodations, which range from $10 to $19 per day, $45 to $121.50 per week, and $145 to $395 per month, generally reflect the availability of hookups, services and amenities. Many of the casinos in nearby Laughlin, NV, provide free RV spaces, some with full hookups. Other RV parks are available in our neighbor city to the south, Needles, CA. If you are a "snowbird," we suggest you make early arrangements for "wintering-over" in the area.
Spaces tend to fill up quickly just after the first snowfall in many of the northern states.
Desert Lakes Golf Club is located on Joy Lane in Fort Mojave. This 18-hole championship golf course, wrapped around 11 acres of lake, offers mountain views and plenty of challenging golf. The course features a driving range, a putting green, rental carts, a pro shop, and professional golf lessons.
There are eight other golf courses within a short driving distance of Fort Mojave and Mohave Valley; Willow Springs Golf Course in Mohave Valley; Chaparral Country Club and Riverview Golf Club in Bullhead City; Needles Municipal Golf Course in Needles, California; Mojave Resort Golf Club and Emerald River Golf Course in Laughlin, Nevada, and Cerbat Cliffs and Valle Vista Golf Courses in Kingman, Arizona.
Both Lake Mohave and the Colorado River are teeming with rainbow trout, catfish and two varieties of bass. Crappie haunt Topack Marsh in the southern end of the Valley. Ranging in size from 2 to 4 pounds, crappie can provide anglers with hours of fishing enjoyment during their December to March spawning season. Topack Marsh also yields some of the nicest largemouth bass all year long, but particularly in late fall.
In March, the water level in Lake Mohave usually drops from 3 to 12 feet. This coincides with the time when largemouth bass begin their spawning activity. Anglers who stay near the shore, allowing their boats to drift under slightly breezy weather conditions, will find 2- to 4-pound largemouths eager to take the bait. (As for bait, crawdads provide the best results.)
What brings most fishermen to the area, though, are the striped bass that lurk in both the lake and the river. From April through September, stripers weighing up to 35 pounds test both the lines and the abilities of anglers from all over the world. The best bass fishing anywhere can be had on the river in May and June. (The record catch in local Colorado River waters was over 59 pounds.)
Trout fishing is excellent all year long in both the river and the lake.
River Valley Lanes in Fort Mojave features 24 lanes, a pro shop, a coffee shop and a large lounge. League play keeps the place humming. There is another state-of-the-art bowling alley located across the river in Laughlin, NV.
Other local sports include tubing down the river and the wide use of personal watercraft (canoes, kayaks, sailing, rowboats and power boats), trap and skeet shooting, dirt track car races, indoor roller skating and horseback riding.
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