Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bi-Weekly Operations Update

Published by The Bee News

August 15, 2023

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Welcome to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area bi-weekly operations update! These updates are intended to help LAKE staff, partners, and the public navigate changes, events, and closures that might impact their activities.
Summertime safety notes: Pool toys (including arm floaties) are prohibited at Lakes Mead and Mohave (pool toys are not safe in open water, they can deflate or catch in the wind carrying swimmers into open water.) Life jackets are required for all children under the age of 13 when on a boat and are strongly recommended for children when swimming at the beach. Life jack loaner stations are available at most beaches – use a jacket and then return it for others. Life jackets save lives!
Road Work
Looking Ahead:
During monsoon season crews will be responding to damaged roads from flash flooding as needed. Please be prepared for delays and drive with caution in the presence of road crews. • Ongoing work continues on Pearce Ferry, Willow Beach, and Temple Bar roads.
Marinas/Ramps/Harbors/Beaches
Looking Ahead: (Dates and times are approximate and may be adjusted due to inclement weather, staff, or mechanical issues.)
• As of August 1, public vehicle access to the shoreline at Boulder Harbor is no longer available. The area is now the Boulder Harbor Walking Trail.
• Hemenway Harbor currently has two docks and four lanes open. The ADA parking has moved to the dirt parking lot and no parking is allowed on the ramp. Docks and berms will be moved weekly to accommodate water level changes. Be prepared for partial closures. Launch at your own risk.
• Echo Bay is open with one lane on pipe mat. Launch at your own risk.
• South Cove launching is available off the dirt road south of the launch ramp. Launch at
your own risk. Four-wheel-drive recommended. Crews will be working on the cement ramp at South Cove. Please exercise caution in the area.
For the most current launch ramp status check:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
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(Dates and times are approximate and may be adjusted due to inclement
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weather, staff, or mechanical issues.)

Trail and Other Closures
• Seasonal trail closures are from May 15 through September 30. The following trails are closed:
o Goldstrike Canyon (hot springs remain accessible by water)
o White Rock Canyon and Trail
o Arizona Hot Springs Trail (hot springs remain accessible by water) o Liberty Arch Trail
o Lone Palm Trail and surrounding areas
o Sugar Loaf Trail and surrounding areas
• The River Mountain Loop is TEMPORARILY OPEN. Resurfacing and crack repair and associated closures will continue after the summer.
Concessioners
(Listed alphabetically)
• Callville Bay Marina – With elevated water levels the concrete boat ramp at Callville Bay is currently open and being managed by the marina. The ramp has been widened to include a dirt turn-around area and a new courtesy dock has been installed at the bottom of the ramp.
o Boat rentals, fuel dock, and store on the water are open seven days per week 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The land store and lounge are temporarily closed.
o The snack bar on the water is open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. o Please contact the marina at 702-565-8958 for more information.
• Cottonwood Cove – The Cottonwood Cove Cafe is open.
• Desert Princess, Hemenway Harbor –Lake Mead Cruises/Desert Princess operates
from March 16 – November 30, Tuesday-Sunday for lunch cruises. Dinner cruises occur
on Saturday evenings, July 1-November 25, at 5:30 pm. They are closed on Mondays.
• Echo Bay – The office, store, and gas station are open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 days a week. The recreation center, bathrooms, showers, and laundry room in the Echo Bay RV Park are
open 24/7 for RV Village guests.
• Katherine Landing – The store is open daily from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. The fuel dock and
pump-out station are open daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The No Bad Days Bar and Grill is open Fridays from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (with live music and food and drink specials), Mondays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Thursday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Las Vegas Boat Harbor/Lake Mead Marina Restaurants – During regular business hours the marina will continue to only have one restaurant open at a time. Please contact the marinas ahead of time for a schedule. Las Vegas Boat Harbor: 702-293-1191; Lake Mead Marina: 702-293-3484.
• Temple Bar Marina – Temple Bar has installed a portable Mobi-Mat for boat launching which is being managed by the marina. It is currently recommended to launch boats smaller than 40’. Please contact 928-767-3211 with any questions.
o Regular hours for the fuel dock are from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The store is open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
o The motel is open for the season.
o The restaurant and bar are open Thursday – Sunday.
• Breakfast is served from 8am – 11am; Lunch is served from 11:30am – 2pm; Dinner is served from 4pm – 8pm.

• Willow Beach Marina – The store and marina are open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week. The Black Canyon Grill hours are Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Black Canyon Adventures rafting tours are operating for the season.
Events
These are larger events occurring within the next month that may impact crowds and slow access to these areas.
• 08/26 (Saturday)
o Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
• 09/09 (Saturday)
o Willow Beach – Fishing Tournament
• 09/15 (Friday)
o Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
• 09/16 (Saturday)
o Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament o Temple Bar – Fishing Tournament
• 09/17 (Sunday)
o Temple Bar – Fishing Tournament
• 09/22 (Friday)
o Hemenway Harbor – Fishing Tournament
• 09/23 (Saturday)
o Hemenway Harbor – Fishing Tournament
• 09/24 (Sunday)
o Hemenway Harbor – Fishing Tournament
Water Levels
• As of Tuesday (08/15), the current water elevation at Lake Mead is: 1063.30’
• Current water levels can be found at the Bureau of Reclamation website.
• The BOR 24-month most probable projection for end of the year 2023 (based on July
2023 data) is 1066.20’.
Shoreline Safety with Water Level Changes
• Be wary of parking vehicles close to the water’s edge. Rising waters may compromise the integrity of the shoreline, resulting in potential collapse.
• In areas with visible mud, humans, vehicles, and animals may become trapped.
• If you see a vehicle or animal trapped in the mud or fallen in the water, please contact the
non-emergency dispatch number with the location 702-293-8998. We will send out
trained staff to help.
• If there is an emergency, call the Lake Mead emergency dispatch number: 702-293-8932
or call 911 (which will route you to this dispatch number.) – NPS –
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