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 StatusLake 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 additional updates (account not required to view).
Lake Mead Ramp Status
Lake Mohave Ramp Status
Get current water temperatures, wind speeds, wave heights and more by clicking on the below links and then clicking on the observations tab.
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
Last updated: January 20, 2023