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Whether you are looking for a place to boat, fish, ski or just relax in the sun, Davis Camp offers many recreational opportunities for the entire family. Situated directly below Davis Dam and north of Laughlin Bridge, Davis Camp is fast becoming one of the most frequented and popular public recreation areas on the Colorado River. With more than a mile and a half of shoreline, Davis Camp is an ideal place for all water sport enthusiasts.

Jet ski rentals are available during the warmer months right off the shores of Davis Camp through our concession operator Best Jetz Watercraft Rentals. They maintain a fleet of twelve jet skis, but we suggest you plan ahead to make sure one is available for you. For further information including rental rates please visit www.bestjetz.com or you can call them at 702.208.0333 to reserve your ride on the river. Their office is located just east of the Davis Camp boat launch on South Beach.

If you want to bring your own watercraft, the park has a protected three lane concrete boat launch with paved and lighted parking. It provides for the easiest access on the Colorado River. Sandy beaches nearby make it one of the favorite spots on the river. For the mobility impaired, a specially designed loading ramp is available to make launching easier.

For boaters, personal watercraft operators and fishermen, the park has a protected three lane concrete boat launch with paved and lighted parking.

Our Boat Launch provides for the easiest access on the Colorado River. Sandy beaches nearby make it one of the favorite spots on the river.

For the mobility impaired, a specially designed loading ramp is available to make launching easier.

For fun in the sun or just relaxing by the water’s edge, Davis Camp offers some of the finest beaches on the Colorado River. Equipped with picnic ramadas, tables, barbecue grills and an outdoor shower, it is the perfect place to get together with family and friends.

Caution: Swim at your own risk.

Please be aware that no lifeguards are on duty and swimmers will likely encounter swift currents and deep, cold water. Located in a backwater cove safe from the swift current at the South Beach section of the park there is a swimming area intended for the younger ones. Soft sand, shallower water and no boats or currents make it an ideal place for children. Parents can watch or join their children while enjoying a safe swimming experience. Another great place for the kids is at our playground complete with jungle gym, swings and a large sandbox. It is located near the RV Park for convenience and safety.

Located in a backwater cove safe from the swift current of the Colorado River, the park offers a swimming area intended for the younger ones.

Soft sand, shallower water and no boats or currents make it an ideal place for children. Parents can watch or join their children while enjoying a safe swimming experience.

For our younger visitors, we also have a playground complete with jungle gym, swings and a large sandbox. It is located near the RV park for convenience and safety.

Fishing along the shores of Davis Camp is world renowned.

The world record for striped bass weighs in at 59 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught directly below Davis Dam. Other common species frequently caught in this stretch of the Colorado River include trout and catfish.

At the very north end of the park, a fishing pier with lights, water and shelter is available for all, including the mobility impaired.

In 1986 the Colorado River Historical Society (a nonprofit organization) took control of the old Catholic Church of Davis Camp and converted it into a local museum.

Housed in the museum are memorabilia that interprets the history of Bullhead City, Laughlin, Davis Dam, and the surrounding area.

There is a small fee for entry into the museum and donations are always welcome. Stop by to learn about the history of our area.

Davis Camp was the former federal housing area for the government workers who built Davis Dam. It literally was Bullhead City back in the 1940’s. In it’s heyday, over 100 homes were located at Davis Camp along with a grocery store, gas station, post office, recreation center, swimming pool, two churches, and various service buildings, few of which currently exist.

Directly across the river from Davis Camp in Nevada was another community that housed the contractor’s camp. The homes that remain at Davis Camp are much the way they were some 50 years ago.

In 1982, the Bureau of Reclamation declared the Davis Camp area surplus and in cooperation with the National Park Service, and the Arizona State Parks Board, Davis Camp was turned over to Mohave County for the purpose of developing it into a regional county park.

Prior to its support role for dam construction the area was used by steamboats to deliver supplies to the area.

One area of Davis Camp holds petroglyphs created by Native Americans. This area may be viewed from an interpretive site, but is off limits for travel. Please respect this area and do not trespass.

To learn more about our history, visit the Colorado River Museum at Davis Camp