The Lower Colorado River Area consists of several backwater lakes south of Lake Havasu. Some of these lakes (Ferguson Lake – across from Martinez Lake) are accessed from the California side of the River. Other lake facilities (Mitry & Martinez Lakes) are accessed from the Arizona side. Additionally, there are several recreational boating enthusiasts along this stretch of the River. One such enterprise is Yuma River Tubing, which provides floats (during the summer months) from the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers to West Wetland Park. Some adventurists will also bring their own floating devices and enter the River at the East Wetlands Park. There is even an organized “Float Regatta” held each year at the end of the Summer Season.
The Martinez Lake facilities are located North of the Imperial Dam Recreational Area. Arriving at Martinez Lake, you will first come upon Fisher’s Landing. This is a multi-commercial facility providing an 8 lane launch ramp, boat shop, marina, general store and the Rio Loco Bar & Grill.
Along Martinez Lake Road, you will find the Martinez Lake launch facility (one lane), a boat & motor repair facility, and the Martinez Cantina (food and beverages). This is the only facility that accesses Martinez Lake directly; however, it is much smaller than Fisher’s Landing.
Anyone who would like to vacation here can obtain RV camping sites at reasonable rates. Motel/Hotel facilities are available about 25 – 30 miles distant. Yes, it is not the San Diego Bay and all of its wonders, but it is a fun place to “get away from it all.”
Welcome to Martinez Lake
Contact: Larry W. Boyles
FSO-IS, Vessel Examiner, Flotilla 1-4
30333 E. Wellton-Mohawk Drive #11
Wellton, AZ 85356
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