Lake Mead Officials Share Biweekly Operations Updates

Published by The Bee News

November 21, 2023

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BOULDER CITY, Nev.–This report informs the public and partners of Lake Mead National Recreation Area of safety concerns, scheduled maintenance, trail closures, concessioner information, and events that may impact the use of park resources over the next two weeks.

Notes for Visitors


  • Quagga mussel wash stations will be resurfaced at Hemenway Harbor, Callville Bay, and Cottonwood Cove the week of November 20.
  • Decorating trees on Christmas Tree Pass is illegal, disrespectful to the land, and harmful to area wildlife. Please discourage others from this inappropriate activity.
  • The Turkey Trot Triathlon is scheduled for November 22-23 along the Historic Railroad Trail. 1,000 people are expected to participate. Expect delays in the area, and please be patient. Drive like a tortoise.
  • Las Vegas Boat Harbor is hosting a parade of lights on December 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Annual Scheduled Lake Mohave DrawdownAs the Bureau of Reclamation begins winter water operations, Lake Mohave water levels will gradually rise to nearly 642 feet by the end of January.


Road Work


  • Maintenance crews are grading Power Line Road and beaches at 6-mile, 9-mile, and Mid Basin at Cottonwood Cove. Delays are not expected.


  • Crews respond to damaged roads from flash flooding as needed. Please be prepared for delays and drive with caution in the presence of road crews.   

Marinas/Ramps/Harbors/BeachesDates and times are approximate and may be adjusted due to inclement weather, staff, or mechanical issues. For the most current launch ramp status, check


  • 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 are moved weekly to accommodate water level changes. Be prepared for partial closures. Launch at your own risk.   
  • Echo Bay is open with two lanes of cement. Launch at your own risk.  
  • South Cove launching is available off the dirt road south of the launch ramp. Four-wheel-drive recommended. Launch at your own risk.

Trail and Other ClosuresNone


Concessioners are 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.  


  • The Snack Bar on the water is closed for the season. Grab-and-go items are available at the store. The land store and lounge are closed.


Cottonwood Cove–The Cottonwood Cove Cafe is open. 


Desert Princess and Hemenway Harbor–Lake Mead Cruises and the Desert Princess operate from March 16 to November 30, Tuesday through Sunday, for a lunch cruise, and a dinner cruise is available on Saturday evenings, through November 25, at 5:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.


Echo Bay–Hours of operation for the RV Park Office: Daily 8 a.m.–4 p.m.


  • Hours of operation for the Store: Daily 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Land Fuel is available daily from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Pay first before trying to pump gas.
  • The store, fuel station, and RV park office will be closed on November 23.

Katherine Landing–Off-season operating hours.

  • The retail store, fuel dock, and pump-out station are open daily from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • The No Bad Days Bar and Grill is open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mondays, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., and Thursday and Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina Restaurants–The marina will have only one restaurant open during regular business hours. Contact the marinas 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 feet. 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, but the restaurant is closed for the season.


Willow Beach Marina–The store and marina are open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., seven days a week.


  • Black Canyon Grill is closed through March 01, 2024


EventsLarger events may slow access to these areas. 


Approved Permits

Start Date

End Date

Location, Number of People expected

Turkey Trot Triathlon November 22

November 23

Historic Railroad Trail, River Mountain Loop, 1000

* Indicates a single-day event


Water Levels

Shoreline Safety with Water Level Changes

  • With the annual lake drawdown, the Colorado River water level is much lower than at mid-year. Motorboat users are advised to remain downstream of Arizona Hot Spring.
  • Be wary of parking vehicles close to the water’s edge. Rising waters may compromise the shoreline’s integrity, resulting in potential collapse. 
  • In areas with visible mud, humans, vehicles, and animals may become trapped. If you see a car or animal trapped in the mud or fallen in the water, please contact the non-emergency dispatch number with the location of the incident: 702-293-8998. We will send trained staff to help.  
  • If there is an emergency, call the Lake Mead emergency dispatch number: 702-293-8932 or 911.

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