Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Current Conditions

Conditions change rapidly at Lake Mead. Stay up-to-date with the latest information on weather, trail conditions, and launch ramp statuses. 

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.

  • 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.

THERE ARE NO ACTIVE TRAIL CLOSURES AT THIS TIME.
 

Seasonal trail closures do occur during summer months. These trails include:

White Rock Trail 
- Closed from May 15 to Sept. 30.

Gold Strike Hot Spring - Closed from May 15 to Sept. 30.

Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail - This is a maintained trail without rough terrain. SUMMER: This trail remains open, however plan your hike only for the early morning hours and return to your car before 10 a.m.

 

Launch Ramp Status

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.

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 additional updates (account not required to view).

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Lake Mead

Location

Availability

More Information

Small Motorized Vessels

Non-Motorized Vessels

Hemenway Harbor

Operable

Operable

Two lanes on pipemat, only shallow-hulled boats not exceeding 24' in length.

Callville Bay

Launch at
your own risk

Launch at
your own risk

Concessionaire launch operations are operable. Under 40' length recommended.

NPS facilities are inoperable.

Please contact the concessionaire directly at 702-565-8958 to inquire about launch ramp status.

Echo Bay

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable due to low water levels.

Boulder Harbor

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable due to low water levels.

Temple Bar

Launch at
your own risk

Launch at
your own risk

Concessionaire launch operations are operable. Under 40' length recommended.

NPS facilities are inoperable.

Please contact the concessionaire directly at

928-767-3214 to inquire about launch ramp status.

South Cove

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable due to low water levels.

Launching is available off the dirt road south of the launch ramp. Launch at your own risk. Four-wheel-drive recommended.


Lake Mohave

Location

Availability

More Information

Small Motorized Vessels

Non-Motorized Vessels

Willow Beach

Operable

Operable

2 lanes on concrete.

Cottonwood Cove

Operable

Operable

2 lanes on concrete.

Katherine Landing

Operable

Operable

2 lanes on concrete.

North Arizona Telephone Cove

Operable

Operable

1 lane on sand. Four-wheel-drive recommended.

Cabinsite Cove

Operable

Operable

1 lane on sand. Four-wheel-drive recommended.

Princess Cove

Operable

Operable

1 lane on concrete.

 

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    Last updated: January 30, 2023

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