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Havasu Wilderness is a 17,801-acre (72 km2) wilderness area located within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge near Lake Havasu in the U.S. states of Arizona and California. 14,606 acres (59 km2) are located in Arizona and 3,195 acres (13 km2) are located in California.[1]

Havasu Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Havasu Wilderness
Map showing the location of Havasu Wilderness
LocationMohave County, Arizona & San Bernardino County, California, United States
Nearest cityLake Havasu City, AZ
Coordinates34°38′58″N 114°24′54″W / 34.64944°N 114.41500°W / 34.64944; -114.41500Coordinates: 34°38′58″N 114°24′54″W / 34.64944°N 114.41500°W / 34.64944; -114.41500
Area17,801 acres (72 km2)
Established1990
Governing bodyUS Fish & Wildlife Service

The western boundary of the Wilderness is formed by the Colorado River. The area includes volcanic spires, a large sand dune with vegetation varying from riparian wetlands to Mojave Desert uplands. The habitats here consist of open water, emergent vegetation, subaquatics, dry mountains, desert uplands and washes.

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VegetationEdit

Vegetation in Havasu Wilderness is dominated by creosote bush, ocotillo, blue-green paloverde, and pockets of saguaro. A variety of trees grow in washes with willows and salt cedar found at the edges of the river.[1]

WildlifeEdit

Havasu Wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife, including species of quail, geese, duck, grebe, crane, rail (including the endangered Yuma rail), heron, egret, falcon, eagle, desert bighorn sheep, coyote, porcupine, fox, and bobcat. Gila monster and the endangered desert tortoise can also be found in the wilderness.[1][2]

RecreationEdit

Fires, mechanized vehicles, some types of boats, and camping are not permitted in Havasu Wilderness. The most common activities are hiking and wildlife watching.[3]

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