• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »

  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »

Lowering Lake Levels


Lowering water levels have had significant and adverse impacts on the National Park Service and concession facilities at Lake Mead. Most of the infrastructure in the Park was designed to operate optimally at lake levels between 1,180’ and 1,220’, levels typically seen in the past 30 years. As the lake has dropped below these levels, the National Park Service and concessioners have spent millions of dollars extending launch ramps and moving marinas to chase the declining water. Unfortunately, some facilities have been forced to close.

With continuing fluctuations in water levels expected due to ongoing drought and greater demand for water from the Colorado River, additional recreational facilities may have to be moved or closed. Further drops in lake level will cost millions of dollars in additional construction and could result in loss of recreational opportunities and economic benefit to the local communities if lake access is not maintained.

Lake Levels Over Time

Lake Levels over Time
Graphic Source: Las Vegas Sun

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Muddy Mountains overlooking Lake Mead

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