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Fort Mojave Indian Reservation

Fort Mojave Indian Reservation is in Arizona

(22,820 acres), California (6,297 acres) and Nevada (3,862 acres)

along the Colorado River. The reservation varies from nearly level to

gently sloping mesas. Approximately 25,000 acres are in agricultural

development as irrigated cropland. The area has a hot, arid climate

with a frost-free growing season of 255 days, 99 percent sunshine

and altitudes from 480 to 550 feet. The river winds through

12 miles of reservation and provides for hunting, fishing and boating


Fort Mojave, whose economy was once totally dependent upon federal

and state programs, is steadily increasing its economic activities

in the areas of agriculture, retail sales and development of

resources. The tribe has master planned the development of the

Nevada portion of the reservation, and initiated development with a

300-room hotel and casino. Additional developments include an

18-hole golf course, and a 150-space R.V. park. The tribe has taken

an aggressive position in development of reservation resources. In

Arizona, the tribe owns and operates a small casino, smoke shop,

and JB’s franchise restaurant. There is also a 200-unit residential

development for non-tribal residents. The tribe recently signed a

long-term lease for the development of a 500-megawatt power

plant. Many new developments are in the planning and development


The Colorado River routes its course through the center of the reservation

offering area visitors year-round, water-related recreation. Old Fort

Mojave is in the northern part of the reservation. Spirit Mountain

and the Oatman Mines are popular tourist attractions. Camping is

available along the Colorado River. Duck and goose hunting is

allowed with a tribal permit. Fishing permits are also required.

The Black Mountain Range east of the reservation provides for a

variety of recreation opportunities, including off-road vehicle use,

hiking, photography, rock hounding and exploring ghost towns. Big

horn sheep, mule deer, quail and dove attract hunters to the mountains.

Early mines and mining towns are scattered in the desert east

of the reservation. The most famous of these is Oatman where wild

burros still come into town. Lake Havasu State Park and Lake Havasu

National Wildlife Refuge, south of the reservation, provide areas

where one can explore the rugged terrain where birds and small

game flourish.

For those interested in geological phenomena, the area surrounding

the reservation is ideal. Within a 10-mile radius of the city such specimens

as volcanic rock, geodes, jaspers, obsidian, turquoise, and

agate can be uncovered. Hikers will enjoy a trek into the area’s

rocks, Indian ruins and abandoned mines.

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