Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bi-Weekly Operations Update – April 25, 2023

Published by The Bee News

April 25, 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.

NOTE: A High Flow Experiment (HFE) (conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation) will occur April 24 – 27 from the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona resulting in large quantities of water being released into Lake Mead in the coming days. This will lead to a temporary closure at Pearce Ferry Launch Ramp. Our crews will be making adjustments to boat ramps and facilities near beaches in preparation for this high-water event (details below). Separate from the High Flow Experiment, Lake Mead will also have several additional closures for new installations and spring equipment training.

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 continue to work on Pearce Ferry roads, culverts, and ditches through May.


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

  • Crews will be moving toilets and dumpsters at Boulder Beach and Swim Beach April 26 –  27 for the HFE. The area will remain open, but please use caution around heavy equipment.
  • A new fishing pier is being installed at PWC Beach. The road will be CLOSED from April 24 and re-open at 4 p.m. on April 28.
  • The Pearce Ferry launch ramp will be CLOSED at 2 p.m. on April 25 and re-open at 2 p.m. on April 30 due to the HFE.
  • A new boat dock has been installed at Hemenway Harbor. 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.
  • Echo Bay is now open with one lane on pipe mat. Launch at your own risk.
  • Grading at South Cove is complete. Launch at your own risk.

Trail and Other Closures

  • The dirt lot near the Boulder Harbor restrooms will be CLOSED from May 1 through May 5 while facilities crews conduct a National Park Service heavy equipment training. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area.
  • 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.


(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.
    • The fuel dock and the store on the water are currently open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (NOTE: Land fuel has been moved to the fuel dock.) Beginning Memorial Day weekend the boat rentals, fuel dock, and store on the water will be 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 now open weekends 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend the snack bar will be open seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • The restrooms and showers are open for the temporary RV customers.
    • Callville Bay is moving the marina once per week on Tuesdays (weather permitting). The shuttle and water shuttle are operating 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 is now open.
  • 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. 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. The new boat ramp officially opened 04/07/23.
  • Katherine Landing – The fuel dock project is nearing completion. An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Marina One dock will be on May 5 at 10 a.m. Please RSVP at All are welcome to join the “ribbon cutting after party” with live music, prizes, and food/drink specials from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Land-based fuel is currently 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 and marina are open from 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 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.

  • 04/25 – 04/28 (Tuesday – Friday)
    • Katherine Landing – Fishing Tournament
  • 04/29 (Saturday)
    • Katherine Landing – Fishing Tournament
    • Water Safety Center, Boulder Beach, River Mountain Loop Trail, and Lakeshore Drive – Triathlon
    • Alan Bible Visitor Center – Junior Ranger Day
    • Telephone Cove, Arizona – Group picnic
  • 05/06 (Saturday)
    • Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
  • 05/12 (Friday)
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
  • 05/13 (Saturday)
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament
    • Cottonwood Cove – Fishing Tournament
  • 05/14 (Sunday)
    • Las Vegas Bay – Fishing Tournament

Water Levels 

  • As of Tuesday (04/26), the current water elevation at Lake Mead is: 147.15’
  • 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 April 2023 data) is 1067.17’.

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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