If you love to go off-road in Lake Havasu, here’s one item you need as much as water. The Search & Rescue Off Road Map has been a labor of love for Captain-Staff Sergeant Rudy Jehle, a local business owner who has dedicated the past decades helping off-roaders enjoy the backcountry. He is the longest-serving member of SAR, serving in the unit since 1973.
Now in its sixth edition, the map benefits the Lake Havasu City Search & Rescue Sheriff’s Posse, Inc. – volunteers who dedicate their time 24 hours day and night.
Jehle, honorary captain of Mohave County SAR, has personally visited over 224 GPS waypoints in the county to ensure the accuracy of the map, often in his own 2006 800 Can-Am ATV or restored 1977 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
The map, which also includes a small section of San Bernadino County, provides helpful tips on surviving your next trip to the desert. In trouble? “Raise the hood. This is a universal distress signal,” Jehle writes.
Another factoid: “Drink if you are thirsty. Your body is a canteen and will store water. Avoid eating if possible. The digestion process uses valuable water and can cause dehydration. You can survive for several days without eating but only a few days without water.”
You can buy a copy around town for a $2 donation. Look for the map boxes at participating retailers. Or buy one at the Lake Havasu Visitors Information Center.
Learn more about off-roading in Lake Havasu at: