Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bi-Weekly Operations Update

Published by The Bee News

August 2, 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. Loaner life jackets are available at most beaches – use a jacket and then return it for others. Life jackets save lives!

Road Work 

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

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.


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

  • Starting August 1, public vehicle access to the shoreline at Boulder Harbor will no longer be 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:

Trail and Other Closures

  • Seasonal trail closures are from May 15 through September 30. The following trails are closed:
    • Goldstrike Canyon (hot springs remain accessible by water)
    • White Rock Canyon and Trail
    • Arizona Hot Springs Trail (hot springs remain accessible by water)
    • Liberty Arch Trail
    • Lone Palm Trail and surrounding areas
    • 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.


(Listed alphabetically)

  • Callville Bay Marina – With elevated water levels the concrete boat ramp at Callville 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.
    • 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.
    • The snack bar on the water is open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Please contact the marina at 702-565-8958 for more information.
  • Cottonwood Cove – The Cottonwood Cove Cafe is open.
  • Desert Princess, Hemenway Harbor –The Desert Princess, run by Lake Mead Cruises, is open from July 1- November 25 offering tours at noon on Wednesday – Sunday. The Desert Princess offers a dinner cruise on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
  • 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.
    • 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 open for the season.
    • 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. seven days per week. The Black Canyon Grill hours have changed and is open 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.


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

  • 08/11 (Friday)
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
  • 08/12 (Saturday)
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
  • 08/13 (Sunday)
    • Boulder Beach, River Mountain Loop Trail, N. Access Road – Triathlon Training
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
  • 08/26 (Saturday)
    • Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
  • 09/09 (Saturday)
    • Willow Beach – Fishing Tournament

Water Levels 

  • As of Tuesday (08/01), the current water elevation at Lake Mead is: 1061.01’
  • 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.)

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