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Land Ownership in the Lake Havasu Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Lake Havasu Basin is shown in Figure 4.5-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the large percentage of U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on protected areas is found in Section 4.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 59.7% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Lake Havasu Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

  • BLM lands in this basin are primarily contiguous and located throughout the basin.

  • This basin contains the largest percentage of BLM lands in the planning area.

  • Primary land uses are recreation and grazing.

Private

  • 15.3% of the land is private.
  • The majority of the private land is contiguous and located around Lake Havasu City. 
  • Primary land uses are domestic and commercial.

State Trust Land

  • 14.7% of the land in this basin is held in trust for the public schools and the Miner’s Hospital under the State Trust Land system.
  • Most state lands are surrounding Lake Havasu City.  One portion of state land is located on an island created by the Bridgewater Channel in T13N, R20W.
  • Primary land uses are recreation and grazing.

Wildlife Refuge

  • 8.7% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • All wildlife refuge lands are part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge located in the northwestern portion of the basin. (see Figure 4.0-12)
  • Primary land uses are wildlife conservation and recreation.

Other (Game and Fish, County and Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

  • 1.6% of the land is under ownership of Arizona State Parks.
  • The portion of Arizona State Park land in T13N, R20W is Windsor Beach State Park and the larger portion of land along the southwestern basin boundary is Cattail Cove State Park.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

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Land Ownership

 

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