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    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY

    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 »

Current Conditions at Lake Mead & Lake Mohave

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

Current Lake Levels

(as of September 5, 2014)

Lake Mead elevation is around 1,081 feet.

Lake Mohave elevation is around 642 feet. It is projected to decline to 633 feet in October 2014.

Current Water Temperatures

Lake Mead = 80F (26C)

Lake Mohave = 74F (23C)


Weekend Weather Forecast

Lake Mead
Lake Mohave

Saturday

Sept. 6, 2014


High near 104F (40C). Low near 80F (26C).
Winds 4-8.


High near 104F (40C). Low near 80F (26C).
Winds 6-10 mph.

Sunday
Sept. 7
, 2014


High near 102F (38C). Low near 81F (27C).
Winds 3-6 mph
20 percent chance of thunderstorms


High near 100F (37C). Low near 79F (26C).
Winds 6-14 mph, gusts 20 mph.
40 percent chance of thunderstorms


If a storm develops, which can happen rapidly in the summer, 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.


Lake Mead Ramp Status

Due to lower lake levels, all launch ramps except for Boulder Harbor, are launching on pipe mat or concrete planks. There are some uneven surfaces and cracks. Shoes are advised.

Open

  • Hemenway - 2 lanes, launching on pipe mat, limited deep water launching, side ramp closed
  • Boulder Harbor - 6 lanes, good launching on concrete ramp. Wakeless zone until exit of harbor. Stay in the channel.
  • Callville Bay Alternate Ramp - 4 lanes (2 on pipe mat, 2 on concrete planks). Parking is now available at main ramp.
  • Echo Bay Alternate Ramp - 4 lanes, excellent launching on concrete planks.
  • Temple Bar - 2 lanes, launching on pipe mat.
  • South Cove - 1 lane, launching on pipe mat. Parking now available closer to water.

Closed

  • Callville Bay Main Ramp (closed May 28, 2014)
  • Echo Bay Main Ramp (closed May 16, 2014)
  • Las Vegas Bay (closed 2001)
  • Government Wash (closed 2003)
  • Overton Beach (closed 2010)

Lake Mohave Ramp Status

All ramps open with excellent launching


Notice to Mariners

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

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.

 

Did You Know?

Lake Mohave in the Black Canyon Area

Long and narrow, Lake Mohave in Lake Mead National Recreation Area retains much of the feeling of the Colorado River. Between the confining walls of Black Canyon, Lake Mohave is not much wider than the Colorado River was when it flowed freely.