Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (Topock Marsh)
Today Topock and its neighbor, Golden Shores, are destinations for boating, off-roading and a multitude of year-round activities along the Colorado River. The Topock Marina located just off I-40 on Route 66, and Topock Marsh (one of the best bird watching spots along Arizona’s stretch of Route 66) are just two of the highlights.
From desert bighorn sheep to the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher, birds and other animals at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge rely on the life-giving waters of the lower Colorado River. Take Interstate 40 Arizona Exit 1, and follow the signs to the refuge.
Golden Shores is a delightful little town with less than 3,000 residents nestled against the Colorado River. The community attracts all kinds of visitors to its mild climate during the winter. Boats can be launched from the Golden Shores Marina, and there are great off-road paths thru the wide open desert terrain for nature lovers.
Golden Shores was not born during the heyday of Route 66, and actually owes its development to the proximity of the Colorado River. During the heat of June thru August, Golden Shores becomes a sleepy little community.
Golden Shores has several mom & pop restaurants and fueling services.