video compliments of Gary Myers

For 2020, the 29th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show pays tribute to former Lake Havasu Marine Association president and CEO, Jim Salscheider, branding this long-standing Lake Havasu City tradition, the Jim Salscheider Memorial Boat Show.

Jim took over the leadership role of the Marine Association in 2008. Along with all the responsibilities of president, came the duty of organizing the annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, an important economic driver of the local recreational boating industry in Lake Havasu City. Under Jim’s leadership and guidance, the Lake Havasu Boat Show ascended to become the largest boat show in Arizona.

However, the Lake Havasu Boat Show wasn’t Jim’s only accomplishment. He was a tireless achiever, willing to accept challenges others thought not possible. During Jim’s ten-year tenure as Lake Havasu Marine Association president and CEO, his list of achievements is remarkable. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

Initiated the “Designated Operator” campaign, encouraging boaters to designate at least one boat driver onboard to accept the responsibility of sobriety for the day on the water.

Was a tireless contributor to Arizona’s Game and Fish Departments’ quest for improving  fish conservation methods on Lake Havasu and the expansion of fish habitat to help naturally replenish the local fish population.

In 2013, the Lake Havasu Marine Association was named the recipient of the prestigious Hollister Award for distinguished service to boating safety by the Western States Boating Administrators Association.

In an effort to keep the many boating beaches on Lake Havasu as clean possible, the “Pack-It-In, Pack-It-Out” program was initiated to minimize trash build-up left behind by boaters. Over seventy trash bag posts were installed at prominent beaches by Marine Association volunteers and routinely monitored, keeping free trash bags available to any and all boaters for their use. Over 100,000 bags of trash a year are collected and removed by Association volunteers.

The Lake Havasu Marine Association was at the spearhead of the Aquatic Invasive Species fight for over five years, responsible for educating boaters from Blythe to Needles about the dangers and potential destruction of spreading quagga mussels to non-infected waterways.

In 2015, the impossible task of dredging a deep-water channel where the northern end of the lake and the up-river path through Topock Gorge converge was completed, providing boaters with a safer passage option connecting Lake Havasu to Needles.

In 2018, the Lake Havasu Marine Association received Arizona Game an Fish’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, for exceptional service to recreational boating.

In 2019, Jim Salscheider was named Lake Havasu City’s “Citizen of the Year.”

Quite an impressive legacy of service and accomplishment for a unique and special individual.  He will be missed but not forgotten.