Current Conditions at Lake Mead & Lake Mohave

Keep up-to-date about conditions
at Lake Mead NRA:

Current Lake Levels

(as of July 24, 2015)

Lake Mead elevation is around 1,076 feet.

Lake Mohave elevation is around 644 feet.


Lake Mead Ramp Status

Boaters should use caution when launching at Lake Mead to ensure they're on solid footing. As the water declines and the condition of the ramps are revealed, NPS crews are finding grade changes and silt buildup that can cause vehicles to get stuck. Temporary concrete panels and/or steel pipe mats are being placed to provide a safe underwater surface for launch vehicles and boat trailers. Rapidly declining lake levels require substantial excavation for this work. We are making improvements daily.

Construction to extend all Lake Mead launch ramps will begin July 27. At least one lane will remain open at each ramp during construction. To avoid construction, boaters may want to consider storing their boats on the water in a slip. Callville Bay, Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Temple Bar offer this service.

  • Boulder Harbor - 8 lanes open on concrete ramp. Hazards have been marked in the center of the channel. Please exit the along the sides. Both the north and south sides of the channel are 6-8-feet deep. Hazards have been marked just outside the harbor to the south. Please use caution.
  • Hemenway Harbor - Two lanes open on pipe mat.
  • Callville Bay - Two lanes open on pipe mat. Four-wheel-drive recommended for one lane.
  • Temple Bar – One lane on pipe mat.
  • Echo Bay - One lane open on pipe mat.
  • South Cove - One lane open on pipe mat. Four-wheel-drive recommended.
  • Las Vegas Bay (closed 2001)
  • Government Wash (closed 2003)
  • Overton Beach (closed 2010)

Lake Mohave Ramp Status

All ramps open with excellent launching


Fireworks and Campfires

No fireworks are allowed within Lake Mead National Recreation, not even sparklers. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in grills at developed picnic areas or campgrounds and at shorelines 100 feet from vegetation.

Alcohol

The consumption or direct possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person operating a vehicle or vessel is prohibited.

Weather

If a monsoon develops, which can happen rapidly, those on the water should find a sheltered cove or shore. Launch ramps become crowded after storms arrive. It’s also wise to write down current GPS coordinates, so rescue crews can locate you more quickly. If flash flooding occurs on land, visitors should seek high ground.


Notice to Mariners

Due to fluctuating water levels the following structures have changed. To report a notice to mariners, call 702-293-8778.

Rams Head Island Buoy #8A

a red-lighted buoy has been established at
North 36 degrees 16' 00"
West -114 degrees 24' 29"

This conical shaped, red buoy will show a red light and display a "Quick Flash" sequence. The light is on for 0.4 seconds then off for 0.6 seconds after which the sequence is repeated.

Delmar Butte Light #33

previously located at:
North 36 degrees 03' 37"
West -114 degrees 17' 23"

is now a green lighted buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 03' 28"
West -114 degrees 17' 46"

This can shaped green buoy will show a green light and display a "Flash Four" sequence. The light is on for 0.3 seconds then off for 0.7 seconds after which the sequence is repeated.

South Cove Light #4

previously located at:
North 36 degrees 05’ 17”
West -114 degrees 06’ 10”

Is now a red lighted buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 05’ 18”
West -114 degrees 06’ 46”

This conical shaped red buoy will show a red light and display a “Flash Four” sequence. The light is on for 0.3 seconds then off for 0.7 seconds after which the sequence is repeated.

South Boulder Island Red Light #2

previously located at:
North 36 degrees 02 minutes 05 seconds
West -114 degrees 45 minutes 38 seconds

replaced in the form of a buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 02 minutes 08 seconds
West -114 degrees 45 minutes 09 seconds

South Boulder Island Buoy #2 will be a red conical shaped buoy showing a red light and displaying a “Flash Four” sequence. The light is on for 0.4 seconds then off for 3.6 seconds after which the sequence is repeated.

Black Ridge Shore Light #19

previously located at:
North 36 degrees 23 minutes 13 seconds
West -114 degrees 22 minutes 34 seconds

has been relocated as a buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 22 minutes 27 seconds
West -114 degrees 22 minutes 23 seconds

This green can shaped buoy #19 will show a “Flash” sequence. There will be a green light flashing on for 0.4 seconds and off for 3.6 seconds after which the sequence will repeat.


Water Safety Tips

Treat every visit to Lake Mead as if it's your first. Be cautious because you will be in unfamiliar water as hazards become exposed due to changing water levels. Go slow when near points, islands, shorelines or reef areas.

Lake Mohave often experiences high water levels during the summer months, reducing available beach areas. Please be courteous to other visitors to enhance everyone’s recreation experience.

Because lake conditions can change in an instant, Lake Mead NRA recommends wearing a life jacket while swimming.

Quagga mussels and other debris exposed by lowering water levels can be sharp. Lake Mead NRA recommends wearing shoes at the beaches.

Take care when parking and walking along shoreline areas. Some areas may have deep mud.

Cliff jumping at Lake Mead NRA is highly discouraged because it is inherently dangerous due to fluctuating lake levels, uneven canyon walls and unseen submerged objects.

 

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