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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: September 30, 2015
Release No.: 2015-64
NOTICES TO MARINERS – UPDATES ON LAKE ELEVATION, LAUNCH RAMPS, NAVIGATIONAL AIDS
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Lake Mead is currently at an elevation around 1,078 feet.
Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Region officials are lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in annual endangered fish species conservation. Elevation is around 639 feet and is projected to drop to 635 feet by Oct. 21.
Launch ramps will remain open during the annual drawdown. Boaters are advised to be alert of the changing lake. Because new sandbars and vegetation may appear, it is best to follow the main channel buoy markers and reduce speed, until familiar with the new water depths.
Launch Ramp Status
Launch ramp construction is complete at Echo Bay, Boulder Harbor, Hemenway Harbor, Temple Bar and South Cove. Construction is 95 percent complete at Callville Bay. All locations now have solid concrete ramps all the way to the water.
Changes in Aids to Navigation
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Acting Superintendent Patrick Gubbins announced changes to Aids to Navigation on Lake Mead in the upper Boulder Basin area. Due to fluctuating water levels, the following red lighted structure has been moved.
Narrows Light #18 previously located at:
North 36 degrees 09' 02”
West 114 degrees 34' 11"
is now a buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 09' 05"
West 114 degrees 34' 17"
This red conical shaped buoy will display the number 18, and during times of darkness will show a red light and display a flash sequence. The light is on for 0.3 seconds then off for 0.7 seconds after which the sequence is repeated.
For current lake conditions, visit www.nps.gov/lake/learn/news/lakeconditions.htm.