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Date: May 23, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior


For Immediate Release: May 23, 2014
Release No.: 2014-35
Contact: 702-283-2344


BOULDER CITY, Nevada – An advisory is in effect for launch conditions at Lake Mead this Memorial Day because of lowering water levels. As of May 23, the elevation of Lake Mead was around 1,089 feet.  

Launch ramp conditions at Lake Mohave are normal. The elevation of Lake Mohave is around 642 feet. 

“Lake Mead is almost 20 feet lower this year compared to last Memorial Day weekend,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson. “These water levels create advantages and disadvantages. Lake Mead is still a huge body of water, and now there are more coves and beaches for recreating, but visitors should take it slow on the water because new hazards have surfaced."

Aids to Navigation crews have marked new hazards, but others may exist. To report a notice to mariners, call 702-293-8778.

The following launch ramps are open, some with limitations:

  • Hemenway Harbor - Limited deep water launching
  • Boulder Harbor - Excellent launching, narrow channel
  • Callville Bay Main Ramp - Smaller boats recommended
  • Callville Bay Low-water Ramp - Excellent launching
  • Echo Bay Low-water Ramp - Excellent launching
  • Temple Bar - Flat, no deep water launching
  • South Cove - Cleaned and operational

The following launch ramps are closed:

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

Weather for Memorial Day weekend is expected to be pleasant. The National Weather Service forecasts a light breeze with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. 

For updates throughout the weekend, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/lakeconditions.htm or follow Lake Mead NRA on Facebook or Twitter


Did You Know?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.