Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bi-Weekly Operations Update

Published by The Bee News

March 28, 2023

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Release Date: March 28, 2023

Welcome to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area bi-weekly operations update. Spring is here, events are happening, and many of our concessionaires are re-opening facilities that have been closed for the season! These updates are intended to help LAKE staff, partners, and the public navigate changes, events, and closures that might impact their activities.

Road Work 

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

 

Please be prepared for delays and drive with caution in the presence of road crews.

  • Crews will be working on the Temple Bar area roads (Greg’s Hideout and the Mining Loop roads) on March 28–30. 
  • Crews will be working on the culverts and ditches on Pearce Ferry Road on March 30–April 1. 
  • Crews will be grading the Boulder Beach roads April 3–7. 

Completed:

  • Echo Bay down Northshore and Callville Bay area roads have been completed. 

Marinas/Ramps/Harbors 

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

  • A dirt launch ramp adjacent to the north side of the cement ramp will open on Echo Bay starting April 3. Launch at your own risk.
  • Beginning April 10, crews will grade the dirt launch ramp and make adjustments to the parking at South Cove. Launch at your own risk.
  • Ongoing construction continues at Hemenway Harbor, no closures are planned. Exercise caution when operating vehicles and launching and retrieving vessels along the ramp and throughout the parking area.

Trail and Other Closures

  • The River Mountain Loop will be closed for resurfacing and crack repair from mile marker 11 to approximately mile marker 20.5 from April 3 through July 30.
  • The Lake Mead Overlook will have intermittent closures on April 8 due to a special event.

Concessionaires 

(Listed alphabetically)

  • Callville Bay Marina – Callville Bay Marina 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 60’. Please contact the marina at 702-565-8958 for more information.
    • Fuel and the store on the water are open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The land store and lounge are temporarily closed. The snack bar on the water will reopen towards the end of April.
    • The above-ground fuel tank has been moved to the floating fuel dock. The restrooms and showers are open for the temporary RV customers.
    • Callville Bay is currently moving the marina once per week on Tuesdays (weather permitting). Beginning April 1, the shuttle and water shuttle will shift from weekends-only to 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (water shuttle) and 5 p.m. (land shuttle).
  • Cottonwood Cove – The Cottonwood Cove Cafe will re-open on April 1.
  • Desert Princess, Hemenway Harbor – The Desert Princess, run by Lake Mead Cruises, has re-opened for the season.
  • Echo Bay – The office, store, and gas station are open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The recreation center, bathrooms, showers, and laundry room in the Echo Bay RV Park are open 24/7 for our guests.
  • Katherine Landing – The fuel dock project is nearing completion. The dock and restaurant will re-open soon. Land-based fuel is available, and the store is open daily 8 a.m. – 5 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.
    • 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 is now open for the season and the restaurant and bar will re-open May 15, 2023.
  • Willow Beach Marina – The store will be closed for inventory at noon on Friday, March 31 and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Normal business hours for the store and marina are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week. The Black Canyon Grill is open Friday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Black Canyon Adventures began rafting tours on March 1, 2023.

Events

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

  • 03/31 (Friday)
    • 6-Mile Cove – Sailboat Race
  • 04/01 (Saturday)
    • Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
    • 6-Mile Cove – Sailboat Race
  • 04/02 (Sunday)
    • Lake Mead Marina – Fishing Tournament
    • Willow Beach – Fishing Tournament
    • 6-Mile Cove – Sailboat Race
  • 04/06 (Thursday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
  • 04/07 (Friday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
    • River Mountain Loop Trail – Bicycle Race
  • 04/08 (Saturday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
    • River Mountain Loop Trail – Bicycle Race
    • Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
  • 04/09 (Sunday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
    • River Mountain Loop Trail – Bicycle Race
  • 04/10 (Monday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
  • 04/11 (Tuesday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp
  • 04/12 (Wednesday)
    • Nevada Telephone Cove – Group Camp

Water Levels 

  • As of Tuesday (03/28), the current water elevation at Lake Mead is: 146.19’
  • 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 March 2023 data) is 1034.27’.

Muddy Shorelines 

  • Be wary of the wet silt/mud in newly exposed shorelines.
  • If you see a vehicle or 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 there is an emergency, call the Lake Mead emergency dispatch number: 702-293-8932. This is quicker than calling 911, as 911 will route you to this number.

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