Laughlin Correspondence – October 2019


Toby Keith Coming to the the Laughlin Event Center

Toby Keith will headline the outdoor Laughlin Event Center with special guest rapper Colt Ford on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60.

At the end of 2018, Keith celebrated the 25th anniversary of his No. 1 debut single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and also released a new song, “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which was inspired by a conversation he had with Clint Eastwood and was later featured in Eastwood’s movie, “The Mule.”

Keith is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, entertainer, humanitarian, Oklahoman, and patriot. His 11 USO Tours have enhanced the lives of nearly 256,000 troops and military families in 18 countries with more than 285 events, and he was recognized with the Spirit of the USO Award in 2014.

His 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, which raised more than $1 million, brought the annual event’s total funds raised to $12.4 million, to support The Toby Keith Foundation’s charitable endeavors. When a tornado ravaged his hometown, Keith was the face of the community and helped the cleanup with the 2013 OK Twister Relief Concert.

Lee Greenwood and Gatlin Brothers to Appear at E Center

Country music stars Lee Greenwood and The Gatlin Brothers will headline the Edgewater’s E Center on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit and released an album in 2013 called “Icon.” However, he will always be known and appreciated for his enduring song “God Bless the USA,” which he wrote in the back of his tour bus in 1983.

California native Greenwood was born in Los Angeles and finished high school in Sacramento in June 1960. He started playing the piano when he was seven and the saxophone at 12. In junior high, he started his first group called the Moonbeams and played most all orchestra instruments by graduation. He passed on track and music scholarships to the College of the Pacific along with a professional baseball career to pursue his passion for music. He skipped his high school graduation ceremony to work at the Golden Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nev., with his own band, the “Apollos.”

Joining Greenwood on stage, The Gatlin Brothers are a Grammy Award-winning trio who’ve charmed audiences for more than 60 years with hits like “All the Gold in California” and “Broken Lady.” For the brothers, it all began in Abilene, Texas, in 1955 when Larry was seven, Steve four and Rudy two. The brothers grew up singing gospel music and recorded four Gospel records early in their career. Larry began his solo career writing, singing and releasing his first album, “The Pilgrim.,” while Steve and Rudy were still in college at Texas Tech University. In 1975, they moved to Nashville to sing backup with Tammy Wynette. Two years later, they joined Larry in 1976 to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, which has been a musical powerhouse ever since.

Los Tigres del Norte Headline Rio Vista Outdoor Ampitheater

Los Tigres del Norte will be live at Harrah’s Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $38.99.

A DJ will kick off the Pre-Concert Party in Harrah’s Courtyard at 6 p.m. and an After Party will take place there after the concert.

As of 2015, the legendary Los Tigres del Norte had won seven Grammy Awards, six Latin Grammy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mexico natives Jorge Hernández, his brothers, and their cousins began recording after they moved to San Jose, California, in the late 1960s, when all the members were in their teens.

After getting permission to record a song about the cross-border drug trade, the group released “Contrabando y traición” (“Contraband and Betrayal”) in 1974. The song quickly hit on both sides of the border, inspired a series of movies, and kicked off one of the most remarkable careers in Spanish-language music.

Riverside Hosts Tony Orlando Saluting Veterans

Singer-songwriter Tony Orlando will present an all about veterans show Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27 in Don’s Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Orlando, one of the biggest pop stars of the early ’70s, is best remembered and associated with the mammoth hit “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” the top-selling hit of 1973 and one of the biggest selling singles of all time. His spirit of true patriotism comes through in his show as he reminds everyone how proud we should all be of our military troops, past and present. Orlando and his band will take the audience through his many hits such as “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” and much more.

At age 17, in 1961, Orlando had his first hit song “Ding Dong.” He recorded “Candida” as lead vocalist under the pseudonym “Dawn” in 1970, and when the song became an international No. 1 hit, he switched to “Tony Orlando and Dawn.” The group had 19 other top 40 hits, and a popular variety program, “The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show” on CBS from 1973 to 1977. They broke up in 1978.

In 1993 he opened the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and ended his act there in 2013.

— Jackie Brett


Enjoy the crisp, clear air and water of Lake Mohave near Laughlin

Lake Mojave (photo by Andrew Cattoir for the National Park Service)

Last month, the Colorado River water activities were discussed. This month and next month I will cover Lake Mohave, which is part of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

The coves of Lake Mohave are numerous and allow you to get away from some of the crowds if you are boating.  Lake Mohave is north of Davis Dam, is over 60 miles long and has numerous coves for you to explore on the Nevada side of the lake.  This lake is beautiful, with crystal clear fresh water and doesn’t depress you with the big bathtub ring feature of its northern neighbor, Lake Mead.  The water is warmer in the lake than you will find when hitting the Colorado River below Davis Dam, and there are hundreds of sandy beaches to enjoy the sand and sun while relaxing by the water.

Although the beaches look nice, you should walk with shoes, or at least water shoes, since there could be sharp debris on the shores.

Cottonwood Cove

The most popular area of the Nevada side of the lake is Cottonwood Cove, which is in an Entrance Fee area (see below).  Other named coves are Six Mile, Telephone, White Rock Wash Cove, Cottontail, Newberry, and Cholla, but you will find dozens of smaller areas available by boat.

This month I am covering Cottonwood, Telephone and Six Mile Coves.

Let’s start at the largest cove, which is Cottonwood.  Cottonwood Cove is the name of a town which has the Cottonwood Resort and Marina and is the only cove advertised as being accessible by car.  So, let’s find out if that is true!

Basically, if you are coming from Laughlin taking I-163 to I-95 you hang a right in Searchlight at the intersection of I-95 and I-164, just before Terrible’s Road House Restaurant and Casino, and travel 13 miles east to the cove.  The street you turn on from I-95 is Cottonwood Cove Road going east.  There is no stop light at this intersection!  (This road is called I-164 or Nipton Road going west.  Nipton brings you from I-15 if you are coming from California.)

Cottonwood Cove Road takes you through the main portion of Searchlight’s residences and has a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit in town.  Beware: they love speeders!  Once you start out of town, it increases to 35 mph, then 45 mph for most of the way before reducing again just before the Ranger Station Entrance.

You pass through a Service Fee Entrance stopping point around mile marker 10.  The Entrance-Lake Use fee is $20 for a vehicle and $16 for a vessel for 1-7 days.  The fee is $15 for a motorcycle for that period.  A 1 to7 day individual entry is $10. An annual pass is $40.  A bonus here is this is a National Recreational Area.  If you have a Golden Pass you do not have to pay the daily fee!

They do not allow glass or styrofoam containers and do not allow fireworks.  They always have a sign on the building window indicating the water level, as in 644.27 feet, the temperature, wind speed, forecast etc.  Things can change pretty quickly in this desert area, so they keep you informed before you proceed.

Beware of flooded roads if rain has hit.  There are several low areas with washes to contend with, although you are on a paved 2 lane road all the way to the cove.

Once you get closer to Cottonwood Cove you will pass a Ranger Station, turn-offs for the Lower Campground with 45 spaces and Upper Campground with 100 spaces, a road leading to boat dry storage and repairs, and the entrance to the RV Park and stationary RV homes.  The road ends at the site, with numerous parking areas for vehicles with and without vessels and the entrance to the motel and other buildings.

Yes, there is a motel with outside patios, a restaurant, a store, and a large marina where you can rent houseboats in different sizes, along with other watercraft.  During the summer this area is a zoo!  People upon people trying to enjoy the outdoors with their boats, jet skis and floaties … it is a fun chaos.

The store allows you to purchase all kinds of beverages and snacks and is actually reasonable in price.  The marina is large enough to accommodate over 200 vessels; it has approximately 180 boat slips.

Don’t forget to obtain a fishing license if you are angling.  You can read more about that in last month’s correspondence article.

Six Mile Cove is also accessible from Cottonwood Cove Road.  (So, I guess you can say they were wrong about Cottonwood Cove being the only accessible cove by vehicle.)  The first dirt road east from the Entrance Fee Station is Mead Davis Power Line Road or NPS 30.  If you are traveling towards Cottonwood Cove you would turn right to go south to the cove.

Six Mile Cove

This road is not marked and is a dirt road that runs along the huge power lines.  You will pass the Six Mile Cove Cemetery, which is on the right side of the road (west).  Further down the road, there will be a fork in the road where you should go to the left to be on Six Mile Cove Road.  You will know you are on the right road because the power lines will not be next to the road.  When you get closer to the lake, you will also have a fork in the road with 2 road choices down to the water’s edge.  Either will work, but the left road is mostly used.

Just a note on Mead Davis Power Line Road (NPS 30).  This dirt road will take you all the way down to Green Light Cove, where it ends. The power lines that follow this road run to this cove and cross the lake into Arizona’s Katherine Powerline Cove.  Once in Arizona, the name of the road is the same without NPS 30.  From there the power lines run all the way to Davis Dam.

This area is not on the scale of Cottonwood, which is more marina than beach, but can give Telephone Cove a run for its money on beach shoreline.  It is a nice area for picnicking, swimming, boating, and shore walking where you can arrive at a few smaller coves by foot.  Hog Farm Cove is a short distance to the south by shoreline, and Windmill Cove is just to the north.  Officially, Six Mile Cove is south of Cottonwood Cove.

The closest cove to Laughlin, and totally free, Telephone Cove is accessible by a 4-mile dirt road taken from Highway 163, which is around 4 miles west of Casino Drive.  Although well- traveled, you should still take your time because it is bumpy!  Nevada Telephone Cove Road will be on the north side of the road, past the Needles Highway turn-off, which goes south from Highway 163.  There is no sign stating “Nevada Telephone Cove Road”!  It is a well-traveled dirt road at the Flash Flood Area (yellow warning sign).

Telephone Cove

This is a free area with 30 campsites and a maximum length of stay of 7 days.  RV’s and tents are allowed at this cove, where you can tent right next to the water.  This cove does get crowded on weekends and holidays.  From Telephone Cove you can actually hike to the petroglyphs at Christmas Tree Pass.

Telephone Cove has boat launches, however, it does not have a motel or other facilities, except for bathrooms without flushable toilets or showers.  They do have park maintenance personnel coming for clean-up every day and rangers who will patrol and remove those being obnoxious during the night.  There is also an area for swimming where boats are prohibited.  As far as Wi-Fi signals, they are not great unless you are on the left side of the cove, which gives better access.

Notes:  For those of you missing Daniel’s Restaurant, which used to be in The Regency Casino on the Riverwalk, you don’t have to miss it any longer.  Daniel’s has re-opened in the Bikini Bay Bar & Nightclub adjacent to the Laughlin Outlet Center mall.  They are an in-and-out location.  You can purchase food inside the Outlet Center, which is where their kitchen is located, or go into the Bikini Bay for their full menu.

From the mall you can purchase quesadillas, burritos, Mexican bowls, and other side dishes. Inside Bikini Bay they have Taco Tuesday’s, the prime rib special on Saturday and an all-you- can-eat fish fry on Friday’s for $12.99, along with a much larger menu.

Keep in mind if you go into the bar for food, it is called Bikini for a reason.  Don’t be shocked or surprised!

A little history: Daniel’s Restaurant closed in The Regency back in 2018, and the space is currently The Chuckwagon Restaurant.

Acai Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl at Red Mango

Red Mango has opened at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino.  They are located where the Baskin Robbins was by the North Tower (Tower III) elevators next to Pin Up Pizza.  Their specialty is fruit and yogurt parfaits, smoothies and smoothie bowls, acai bowls, and Kosher and gluten free yogurts.  They are currently open from 9 a.m. until midnight Friday’s and Saturdays and 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. the rest of the week. Check with them for their hours when you first visit since they could close early after the peak summer season is over.


More information on Lake Mohave next month.

— Pauline Cimoch


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