Topock Marsh shorelines are considered part of the Colorado River special use permit areas. Arizona license holders do not need this stamp while fishing on the marsh; however, California fishermen must purchase a Colorado River special use stamp with their California fishing license for fishing marsh waters and shorelines. State and Federal fishing laws and regulations apply. The closed portion of Topock Marsh is closed to all access (including fishing) from October 1st until the end of the state waterfowl season, including the youth waterfowl hunt. Closed area signs and buoys mark the area.Fishing Hotspots at HavasuTopock MarshTopock Marsh has modest amounts of bass, crappie, catfish, and carp. Three sites offer boat access to the marsh: North Dike, Five Mile Landing, and Catfish Paradise. There is no fee to use the boat launches; however, there is no access from Topock Marsh into the lower Colorado River channel.
South DikeSouth Dike is approximately one-quarter mile hike into a water control structure that controls the return flow of Topock Marsh water to the Colorado River. Fishermen can hike or bike into this area. New South DikeNew South Dike is approximately a one-quarter mile hike to a bridge where water flow from the South Dike continues on to the Colorado River.Mesquite BayLocated within Lake Havasu City limits on London Bridge Road are two fishing piers. Both bays are closed to motorized watercraft, have their own fishing pier and constructed underwater fish habitat areas. Fishermen are treated to a quiet experience because motorized watercraft is prohibited. Kayaks and canoes are permitted to launch and retrieve at Mesquite Bay.Mesquite Bay 1 (North)Mesquite Bay 1 is universally accessible and has an improved paved parking area and an approximately 100-yard concrete pathway to the fishing pier. Two shade shelters and informational signs along the path describe native wildlife species and discuss environmental diversity.Mesquite Bay 2 (South)Mesquite Bay 2 has a gravel parking lot with a gravel trail, which includes a hike up a short slope and a downgrade for approximately 100-yards before getting to the fishing pier. There is a shelter with informational signs along the way.Levee RoadMany fishermen use the Levee Road access off of Barrackman Road and Arizona Highway 95. Levee Road follows the Colorado River to a turnaround just before Topock Marina and the I-40 bridge.
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Havasu Refuge is within the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route along the western coast of the United States. Hundreds of birds stop here to rest and refuel during their long journey. Many species also breed and overwinter here. Because of its importance to birds, the refuge is considered an Important Bird Area in the state of Arizona. Come out and enjoy Havasu National Wildlife Refuge -- it's definitely for the birds.