Current Conditions at Lake Mead & Lake Mohave

Declining water levels due to climate change and 20 years of ongoing drought have reshaped the park’s shorelines. As Lake Mead continues to recede, extending launch ramps becomes more difficult and more expensive due to the topography and projected decline in water levels. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encourages visitors to plan ahead and stay informed by checking current conditions and alerts.


Current Daily Water Levels for Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (Bureau of Reclamation)

Frequently Asked Questions

Launch Ramp Status

Lake levels change regularly. Launching is at your own risk. Be prepared for longer wait times for launching and recovery. Always check your surroundings before launching. Ongoing maintenance and construction at ramps may require temporary closures. Check Twitter for updates (account not required to view).

Lake Mead Ramp Status

  • Hemenway Harbor - 1 lane on pipe mats. During construction periods, one lane will remain open for public access. No boats over 50 feet.

  • Callville Bay - 1 lane on pipe mat. No boats over 45 feet.
  • Echo Bay - 1 lane on pipe mats. During construction periods, one lane will remain open for public access.
  • Boulder Harbor - Temporarily closed due to low water levels.
  • Temple Bar - Temporarily closed due to low water levels.
  • South Cove - Closed until further notice. Launching is available off the dirt road south of the launch ramp. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.

Lake Mohave Ramp Status

  • Willow Beach - Open.
  • Cottonwood Cove - Open.
  • Katherine Landing - Open.
  • North Arizona Telephone Cove - Open. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.
  • Cabinsite Cove - Open. Four-wheel-drive is recommended.
  • Princess Cove - Open.

Weather

Get current water temperatures, wind speeds, wave heights and more by clicking on the below links and then clicking on the observations tab.

Lake Mead

Lake Mohave

If a monsoon develops, which can happen rapidly, 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.

Water Safety Tips

  • Due to fluctuating water levels, navigational structures have changed. Visit Notice to Mariners for more information. To report a notice to mariners, call 702-293-8778.

  • The consumption or direct possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person operating a vehicle or vessel is prohibited.
  • 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.
 
 

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