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Date: October 29, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior


For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012
Release No.: 2012-59
Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344


BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials temporarily closed six launch ramps on Lake Mohave Oct. 29 due to decreased water levels. The Bureau of Reclamation began lowering the lake's water levels in late September for endangered fish species conservation.

Developed and primitive ramps at Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove are temporarily closed until Nov. 7.

"When water levels reach below 633 feet on Lake Mohave, we have to close our ramps for the safety of our boaters and infrastructure," said Superintendent Bill Dickinson. "We apologize for the inconvenience during this pleasant fall boating season."

Water levels have declined to around 633 feet, and they are scheduled to dip to a low point of around 630.5 feet by Oct. 31. Water levels are expected to rise again after Nov. 4, returning to 633 feet by Nov. 8.

The marinas, fuel stations, stores, motels, campsites and picnic areas will remain open, and boaters who have their vessels slipped or moored will still be allowed access to the lake. Rafts, kayaks and canoes are still allowed to launch; however, some tour companies have altered their schedules.

"Boaters on the lake in late October and early November should be aware of the changing lake and navigate as if it's their first time on the water because new sandbars and vegetation may appear," said Dickinson. "It's best to follow the main channel buoy markers and reduce your speed, until you are comfortable with the new water depths."

Barricades and notices will be displayed at the six closure sites along Lake Mohave. The drawdown does not impact Lake Mead; all currently open ramps will remain open.

For more information about the conservation efforts, visit www.lcrmscp.gov/fish/razorback_sucker.html. For more information on the water drawdown, contact the BOR at 702-293-8421.


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