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6 LAKE MOHAVE LAUNCH RAMPS TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY OCT 29 – NOV 7

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Date: October 10, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2012
Release No.: 2012-55
Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344

6 LAKE MOHAVE LAUNCH RAMPS TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY OCT 29 - NOV 7


BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials will close six launch ramps on Lake Mohave temporarily Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 as the Bureau of Reclamation lowers water levels for endangered fish species conservation.

"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."

Developed and primitive ramps at Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove will be closed during these dates.

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. Raft, kayak and canoe trips at Black Canyon south of the Hoover Dam will also continue. Check with tour companies for details or schedule changes.

The BOR began the drawdown the last week in September when the water level was around 641 feet. Water levels will steadily decline to around 633 feet Oct. 28. Then, they will 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.

"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.

-NPS-

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