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Lake Havasu fish habitat program restored after a two-year hiatus

May 19, 2019

Those concerned about the well-being of fish in Lake Havasu can do their part by donating brush bundles from yard clippings. The bundles will be dropped in the lake at strategic points to provide habitat for the lake’s pan fish.

After a two-year hiatus, the Lake Havasu Fisheries Habitat Improvement Program has resumed operation of its brush collection project at Partners Point.

Residents and contractors can deliver brush to Partners Point on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. until noon, said David E. Bohl, president of Anglers United. The conservation group is working with the Bureau of Land Management to build up the habitats.

“After not having the brush program for two years, there are priority sites that need to be built back up,” Bohl said. Those include the waters around the area’s fishing piers. The BLM will survey coves around the lake to determine the status of other habitats.

Bohl said the habitat program for Lake Havasu began in 1992 with the placement of 875 acres of artificial habitat in 42 coves around the lake. The program originally operated out of locations on State Trust Land at Campbell’s Cove and also at Havasu Springs.

In 1999, construction of a central location began on the lake at a location named Bluebird Point. It was later renamed Partners Point. The artificial habitat was supplemented with brush beginning in 2004, with approximately 1,000 brush bundles placed into the lake each year.

The brush collection program came to a halt when construction started on the Havasu Riviera project and access to Partners Point was eliminated.

“For approximately two years, brush and Christmas trees have not been placed in the lake. Now limited access has been provided for employees, volunteers and brush contractors,” Bohl said.

Until the intersection to Havasu Riviera is open, residents can access Partners Point off Sweetwater Drive (past the new Western Arizona Humane Society building) through the city yard at the end of Sweetwater. Proceed down the paved road to the turnoff on the left to Partners Point.

“All brush must be bundled,” Bohl said, noting that free rope is available for tying up brush.

“We remove the rope and put steel bands around the brush before it goes in the lake,” Bohl said. “We keep recycling the rope for people who need it.”

Oleander is the only brush that is not accepted. The evergreen shrub is toxic to fish and humans.

For details about the brush program, contact the Lake Havasu BLM Field Office at 928-205-1200 or call Bohl, president of Anglers United, at 928-231-4741.

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