Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bi-Weekly Operations Update

Published by The Bee News

January 4, 2023

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Happy New Year! 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 and closures that might impact their activities.


The Mohave County, AZ COVID-19 community level is high.  Employees, volunteers, partners, and contractors are required to wear face masks while inside public areas of federal buildings, and enclosed public transportation regardless of vaccination status. The CDC recommended actions based on current level are to wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation.

The Clark County, NV COVID-19 Community Level is medium. In low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

Road Work 

Looking Ahead: (Dates and times are approximate and may be adjusted due to inclement weather, staff, or mechanical issues.)

  • Crews continue repairs and improvements on Pearce Ferry Road. Please be prepared for delays and drive with caution in the presence of road crews.


Looking Ahead: (Dates and times are approximate and may be adjusted due to inclement weather, staff, or mechanical issues.)

  • No closures are currently planned for Hemenway Harbor boat ramp or any of the boat ramps on Lake Mohave.
  • Ongoing construction continues at Hemenway Harbor. Exercise caution when operating vehicles and launching and retrieving vessels along the ramp and throughout the parking area.

Annual Scheduled Lake Mohave Draw-Down

The water levels for Lake Mohave are slowly returning to normal following the end of the annual draw-down. As of January 4, the lake elevation is at 640.91 feet and should return to normal levels by mid-January 2023. Boaters are still urged to use caution when operating on Lake Mohave as hazards may shift or appear in areas that were previously passable.


  • Cottonwood Cove – The Cottonwood Cove Cafe will be closed until April 1, 2023.
  • Desert Princess, Hemenway Harbor – The Desert Princess, run by Lake Mead Cruises, stopped operations for the winter on December 1 and will resume March 15, 2023.
  • 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.
  • Callville Bay Marina – Fuel and the store on the water are open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The above-ground fuel tank has been moved to the floating fuel dock. The land store and lounge are temporarily closed and the showers for the RV sites will re-open Spring 2023. The restrooms for the RV park are open. Callville Bay is currently moving the marina once per week on Tuesdays (weather permitting).
  • Temple Bar Marina – 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. The motel, restaurant, and bar are closed for the winter. The motel will re-open May 1, 2023, and the restaurant and bar will re-open May 15, 2023.
  • Willow Beach Marina –The Black Canyon Grill is closed for the season. Normal business hours for the store and marina are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


These are larger events occurring within the next month that may impact crowds and slow access to these areas.

  • 01/06 (Friday) – Swim Beach/Boulder Basin – Church event
  • 01/14 (Saturday) – Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
  • 01/21 (Saturday)
    • Temple Bar – Fishing Tournament
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament

Water Levels 

  • As of Tuesday (1/3), the current water elevation at Lake Mead is: 1044.97’
  • 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 December 2022 data) is 1,020.89’.

Muddy Shorelines 

  • Be wary of the wet silt/mud in newly exposed shorelines. This primarily applies to Lake Mead, but is also a concern at Lake Mohave until the water returns to normal levels in January 2023 (as a result of the annual draw down).
  • If you see an animal trapped in the mud, please contact the non-emergency dispatch number with the location 702-293-8998. We will send out trained staff to help.
  • If a vehicle is stuck in the mud, call Southern Nevada Off Road Recovery (SNORR):  702-706-2330, or send a message in Facebook Messenger @snorr702.
  • If a person is stuck in the mud and needs help or there is an emergency, call the Lake Mead emergency dispatch number: 702-293-8932.

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