Jet Away

Itching to get on the Colorado River during your stay in Laughlin? The London Jet Boat is a great option for beautiful views of the scenery, staying dry and comfortable the entire time.
Trevor and Brea Chiodini, owners of Laughlin River Tours, offer this 6-hour trip beginning and ending in Laughlin with a stop at the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. The jet boat runs six days a week, Monday-Saturday. Pickup is at 9:30 a.m. from the Edgewater and Harrah’s docks.
The Chiodini’s have been running the jet boat tour the past few years, as Laughlin visitors are often curious about the bridge that made a trek across the pond to now span the Bridgewater Channel in Havasu.
Trevor drives the boat himself and shares a little history of the area along the way. He can navigate the boat in low tide, in as little as 13 inches of water! He makes it a fun trip for all and even invites his guests up to his control panel to take in the boat and views from the captain’s chair.
An interesting point of the trip is that passengers will get to cruise through three different states — Arizona, Nevada and California. Along with the beautiful scenery, you also get a good view of some river front real estate, the Riverwalk, and the beaches and restaurants along it. It is quite a different experience than driving along the highway, which makes it a fun trip for locals as well.
Cruising through Topock Gorge is easily the most beautiful part of the ride. Volcanic rock formations line both sides of the 17-mile gorge, and Trevor will point out the well-known formations, such as the “dragon’s eye,” along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient Indian petroglyphs and possible wildlife, while going through the gorge as well.
Once the boat makes its way through the gorge, you will be in Lake Havasu. The feature of the cruise, the London Bridge, is just ahead. To imagine that the bridge was taken apart piece by piece, numbered, and sent from London to Lake Havasu is remarkable! Once used to cross the River Thames, it now crosses a channel of the Colorado River. Developer Robert McCulloch purchased the bridge in 1968, the first load of blocks arrived later that year, the project was completed in 1970, and dedicated in 1971. Trevor will give you the full history of the bridge’s journey as you dock.
The boat arrives in Lake Havasu right around noon and there are plenty of great dining options just a few steps from the boat.
Barley Brothers is a popular restaurant and brewery open daily, serving wood-fired pizza, pasta, seafood, salads, sandwiches and their handcrafted beer.
Shugrue’s Restaurant & Bar offers fine dining with hand-cut steaks, seafood and sandwiches, along with a bakery slicing up decadent desserts.
For lighter fare, there is also waterfront dining at Makai Café, with burgers, wraps, extensive breakfast options, coffee, tea and a full bar.
You may also choose to spend part of your two-hour layover looking in the nearby shops and galleries, which along with the restaurants mentioned above, make up the Island Mall.
Of course you will want to walk across the bridge before you board the boat again too! The English Village and Visitor Center can be found across the bridge from the Island Mall.
The trip back is time to relax after lunch. Trevor saves a few tidbits of information for the return trip and you can take any pictures you may have missed on your side of the boat going down. It’s a very smooth ride and doesn’t get boring, with plenty to see on the shorelines the entire ride.
The Chiodini’s business also offers a variety of other cruises under Laughlin River Tours, including a scenic cruise, dinner cruise and cocktail cruise charters. To make a reservation, visit LaughlinRiverTours.com or call 702-298-1047.