Lake Mead Officials Share Biweekly Operations Updates

Published by The Bee News

December 6, 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

  • We want to remind everyone of our upcoming transition to cashless park entry, which we shared in a message to the community on November 7. The new system is adopted as a best practice that will be safer, more efficient, reduce visitor entry times, and be more cost-effective.
  • Off-roading is prohibited at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It causes severe damage to local vegetation, wildlife, and archeological sites. Please only use maintained roadways.
  • If you witness graffiti in the park, please report the location of it to any ranger or entry station or call Lake Dispatch at 702-293-8998.
Annual Scheduled Lake Mohave Drawdown–As 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– None


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 Closures–None


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.
Katherine Landing–Off-season operating hours.


  • Katherine Landing’s No Bad Days Bar and Grill is closed on Mondays.
  • The annual Light Up the Landing event occurs on December 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 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. and Thursday and Sunday from 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 managed by the marina. They currently recommend launching 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.

Events–Larger events may slow access to these areas.


Approved Permits

Start Date

End Date

Location, number of people expected

Fishing Tournament December 9


Temple Bar, 40
Fishing Tournament December 15

December 16

Las Vegas Bay, 49
Fishing Tournament December 16


Callville Bay, 30
Fishing Tournament December 16


Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina, 80

* Indicates a single-day event


Water Levels

  • Lake Mead’s December 6, 7 a.m. water elevation is 1,065.41 feet.
  • Current water levels can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation website(
  • The Bureau of Reclamation’s 24-month most probable projection for the end of the year 2023 is 1067.71 feet, based on the November 2023 Operation Plan for Colorado River System Reservoirs.

Shoreline Safety with Water Level Changes

  • 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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