For decades, if boaters purchased a boat in or near Lake Havasu City, they were required to travel an hour each way to Kingman (Ariz.) to register. The alternative was to wait weeks to apply by mail. Those days are coming to an end, thanks to efforts by the Lake Havasu Marine Association and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Ty Gray, the department’s deputy director, announced recently the department would work with the Lake Havasu Marine Association to offer boating permits in Lake Havasu City. The proposed pilot project would bring Game and Fish agents to Lake Havasu several times per month to accommodate the city’s boaters, according to Today’s News-Herald, the local paper.
To Lake Havasu Marine Association President Jim Salscheider, it’s the culmination of eight years of input from the Lake Havasu community.
“This is a big deal,” Salscheider said. “In my eight years with the Marine Association, I’ve been hearing relentlessly about people having to travel 60 miles to landlocked Kingman for new registrations. Seeing Game and Fish reaching out and trying to accommodate us is not how bureaucracies usually work. But in this case, they listened and boaters certainly have something to cheer about now that the registration process is going to become more convenient,” adds Salscheider.
The timing and location for local registrations are not yet confirmed, so stay tuned.