Current Conditions at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Contact: Roxxane Dey, (702) 293-8947
Lake Mead has more than 500 miles of shoreline and the current lake elevation is 1,129 vertical feet. The current water temperature is a warm 80 degrees. Lake Mohave has 250 miles of shoreline and the water elevation is 642 vertical feet. There are a wide range of recreational activities available to visitors on both lakes. Personal watercraft are allowed on 95 percent of Lakes Mead and Mohave.
All nine marinas in the park are open and have a variety of services to offer visitors. If you don’t own a boat or don’t wish to rent one, you can still enjoy getting out on the water by taking a boat tour or raft trip. Additional information on services like boat rentals, boat tours, kayak and river rafting trips can be found on our website: www.nps/gov/lame and also on: www.funonthelake.com.
The Colorado River system is experiencing what could be the worst drought on record. However, even with lowering water levels on Lake Mead, it is still our nation’s largest man-made reservoir. During this current drought condition, recreational opportunities on Lakes Mead and Mohave have not changed. All the recreational activities enjoyed at a lake level of 1,180 feet, can be enjoyed at the current lake level. However, boaters need to be careful when launching and while operating their vessels, because varying water levels can create emerging reefs and other hazards. Most importantly, boaters need to educate themselves about navigational aids on the lake (buoys, reef markers, etc.), the National Park Service can’t mark every hazard on the lake so boaters need to use caution. Boating education information and boater safety courses are available on www.ndow.org
According to the June 2006 Bureau of Reclamation 24-month forecast for reservoir levels, all the current working launch ramps on Lake Mead will remain operational throughout the summer 2006 season (Government Wash and Pearce Ferry launch ramps remain closed due to lower water levels). The Bureau updates the 24-month forecast once a month. You can access their site at: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/lcrivops.html
Launch Ramp Update
The launch ramps at Overton Beach, Echo Bay, Callville Bay, and Boulder Harbor (next to Lake Mead Marina) can all accommodate larger vessels and have several launching lanes available at each of those sites.
Government Wash and Pearce Ferry launch ramps remain closed.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service.
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