Bullhead City, AZ., August 4, 2022 – Bullhead City and Laughlin officials have been notified by the Bureau of Reclamation to anticipate lower releases from Davis Dam in the coming days. Downstream water releases are being decreased because of the significant monsoon storms in the region. Substantial rainfall has occurred in Yuma and Imperial Valley, so water releases can be scaled back from Davis Dam. Lake Havasu is nearing its desired water level capacity, so less water is required from Davis Dam to Lake Havasu. This will impact watercraft users in the Bullhead City/Laughlin area through Monday. Watercraft users should anticipate lower water levels in the early morning hours. The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates one unit of water each day from Davis Dam until 11 a.m. The river will see two units from 11-12 p.m. The release from Davis Dam will be three units after Noon. Davis Dam does not anticipate any four or five unit releases through Monday.
“The City would like to remind all watercraft operators and businesses to take this into consideration this weekend,” City Manager Toby Cotter said. “Boaters will be better off on Lake Mohave this weekend. Jet ski rental businesses should be cautious about putting watercraft on the river until after noon, as less than three units can be hazardous.” Cotter said the lake levels at Lake Mohave continue to remain very steady. He also said it was great news for the region that Lake Mead is seeing increasing levels.