Some of the finest boating, water skiing, and personal water crafting are available on the Colorado River, which runs through Needles. For boats, tubes, knee boards and other water gear, the current of 4 to 8 miles an hour makes the wakes disappear rapidly leaving the smooth “glass” that all water skiers look for. Fishermen will enjoy the variety of catch available in the river: rainbow trout, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and stripers are found here in the spring.
The River’s Edge Golf Course is a professional 18-hole course that overlooks the scenic Colorado River. It has a driving range, rental carts, pro shop and professional golf lessons at a reasonable rate. Go to website www.golfneedlesca.com, or call (760) 326-3931.
Needles offers boat launching at Jack Smith Park. The newest vacation destination 4 miles South of Needles is the Pirates Cove Resort and Marina at Moabi Regional Park off the I-40. www.piratecoveresort.com
Jerkwater Canoe Co.,Inc. has been providing canoeing equipment and running scenic river paddling trips on the class I flat waters of the Colorado River in the Arizona/California/Nevada region for over 40 years. They are the most experienced and widest equipped canoe livery west of the Mississippi River and provide the only full-service canoe rental on the Colorado River in the Tri-State, Route 66 area. They cover Hoover Dam to Imperial Dam and everything in between, click here www.jerkwatercanoe.com.
The Needles Municipal Aquatic Center was dedicated in 1990. It contains a 25-yard competition size swimming pool, a 2-story high corkscrew slide that empties into a 3 and one-half – foot separate pool, and a kiddy play area that features a wading pool. There is a park within the complex, complete with shade trees, picnic tables/benches and barbecue stands. The Needles Municipal Aquatic Center is attractive in spring, summer, and early fall. It is also the home of the Needles Sandsharks Swim Team. The Needles Municipal Aquatic Center is also available for private rentals: a fun alternative for birthday parties, athletic team functions, and family get-togethers. Call the pool for prices and available times. Call (760) 326-3866
Oatman, Arizona, a scenic 45 minute drive northeast from Needles, offers a wonderful day of diversion. Oatman merchants have been successful at keeping this famous gold mining center, as it was 90 years ago in its heyday. Step back in time, enjoy the burros that freely walk the streets, the mock old west gunfights, have a cold drink at an authentic western saloon, or find that perfect antique, or gift you have been searching for. www.oatmangoldroad.org