Bonus Beach: Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California
Posted by alainaflute on June 22, 2012
We conclude Colorado River Beach Week with our most surprising find!
Mom (Jody) and I had no idea there was a beach in Needles, California, but we didn’t have to – we just asked a friendly local! After leaving Big Bend of the Colorado, we continued on NV 163 East towards Needles, California through some very desolate territory. We pulled off the road to get a Blizzard at the Dairy Queen at the I-40 junction, and what a great idea that was! We were probably like something out of the Twilight Zone for the nice lady (Allison) behind the counter because our first two questions were to confirm that, one, we were in California and, two, in the town of Needles. Then we asked if there was a beach nearby because, hey, it was worth a shot. Allison told us that there was a great one just down the road, giving us very easy directions (and the M&M Blizzard we had ordered).
It was a very easy detour. We followed the signs and came across the Jack Smith Memorial Park, right at the end of a golf course. Eureka!
This cool hot spot has a playground, a small beach lagoon, two little beaches right on the river, a boat ramp, picnic area shade, and restrooms. Families were escaping the 107 degree heat by splashing around the lagoon, hopping on their Sea-Doos, fishing off the pier, or sitting at a shaded picnic table. The sand and sun were hot, but the water was refreshingly cool.
It’s free to use the park (beaches, playground, etc), but there is a fee if you are launching a boat.
Don’t miss Jack Smith Memorial Park next time you’re in Needles! You’ll be glad you made the trip.
Have a great day, and if you can, beat the heat at a Colorado River beach!