The Parker Strip Area is a long stretch of land surrounding Lake Havasu, formed on the Colorado River by the Parker Dam. For the visitor with only a few hours to spare, there is a backcountry byway which follows the shoreline for eleven miles, lined with scenic pullouts that describe how the river has been a "Thread of Life" for the inhabitants of the surrounding desert. Campgrounds line the shore, including two public campgrounds-- Empire Landing and Crossroads-- with a total of 90 campsites for RVs and tents, each of which has a 14 day stay limit. These feature a dump station, swimming beaches, showers, and restrooms. There are also several privately run resorts: Sunshine, River Lodge, Big Bend, Echo Lodge, Windmill, Rio del Colorado, Desert Riviera, Black Meadow Landing, Emerald Cove and River Land. These offer full-service facilities, from electric hookup for RVs to laundry and stores, and also offer long-term RV spaces. The day use areas contain picnic areas and boat ramps, as well as fishing piers and scenic views. Finally, there are two unrestricted OHV playgrounds, which feature a loading ramp and restrooms.
The byway begins at Parker Dam and travels along the Parker Dam Road south to the boundary of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. Look for interpretive pullouts along the way. Parker Strip Recreation Area, on the California side.