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Bonus Beach: Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California

Posted by alainaflute on June 22, 2012

This way to the beach!

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).

Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California

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!

Lagoon beach and boat launch

Heading out on Sea-Doos

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.

River Beach, Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California

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.

Along the Colorado River, Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California

Have a great day, and if you can, beat the heat at a Colorado River beach!

5 Responses to “Bonus Beach: Jack Smith Memorial Park, Needles, California”

  1. Jody said

    We had such a great time on the river! At Jack Smith Park, alone, we met locals, Californians (from farther away) and folks from England. Friendly people are the norm along the Colorado. I’d love to take this trip again.

  2. seapunk2 said

    I had no idea this was in Needles. I thought there was ‘nothing’ in Needles. The sign makes me think that I could bring a rocket ship and launch it from there, in case I wanted to go to the moon or some other star. At least I wouldn’t disturb the neighbors. 🙂 Have fun!

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