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Havasu by jeep, para-sail, ferry.

Caught in the media spillover following last summer's record-high Colorado River flows, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, did not experience any actual flooding but did suffer a tremendous drop in visitors during the summer and autumn months. To attract "snowbirds" (winter customers), hotels there report that overnight rates are still unchanged from the winter of 1982-83, averaging less than $40 a night for a double. And if you go this winter, you can take in some new activities.

A ferry now crosses the lake to the Chemehuevi Indians' Havasu Landing Resort, where you can rent boats, fish, and camp, or dine at the resort's lakeside restaurant. There's also a new para-sailing service; a 15-minute ride behind a boat costs $20. Ask at the resort for details.

The ferry departs from the London Bridge area Wednesdays through Sundays at noon, 4, 7, and 10, and leaves from the landing at 11 A.M. and 2, 6, and 9 P.M. One-way cost for the half-hour trip is $1.50 for adults, 75 cents for children 5 through 12. For more details about the resort or ferry, call (619) 858-4593. More things to do in Havasu City

You can also take a 2-1/2-hour jeep tour of the desert mountains to the east of Lake Havasu City. You bump along desert roads to gold mines hand-dug in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The guided tours cost $19 per person (minimum of four people). Ask about arrangements at the candle shop in the English village under London Bridge, or call (602) 855-5337.

For information about otehr things to do in and around the Lake Havasu area, write or call River of the sun Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1600 McCulloch Blvd., Suite 4B, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. 86403; (602) 453-3444.
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