Colorado River Recreation
Lakes and Water Level Information
List of Lakes and current conditions
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Lakes and Activities
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Air and Water
Water releases from the Glen Canyon Dam fluctuate based on power needs, which can sometimes leave downstream river users high and dry - literally! Generally, less water is released on Sundays. Rivers feeding Lake Powell are running at 33% of the May avg. 15 years of drought is making it hard to maintain lake levels. The Colorado River provides water for 40 million people across the Southwest.
Lake Powell in the winter. NPS Photo
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is proposing an increase to entrance, camping, and boat use fees in accordance with direction from the National Park Service authorizing all park units to conduct stakeholder outreach through civic engagement to gauge support for possible fee changes. More...
The trail from Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument is open. Recent flood activity had damaged a segment of the trail making it unsafe to hike from the lake. It has been repaired.
The west half of the Antelope Point launch ramp closes on February 19, 2015 to all launching due to low lake levels. Barricades and cones will be placed on the ramp indicating the closed area. Boaters can continue to launch vessels on the east side of the ramp. Boaters should still be aware that while the east side of the ramp is open, launching at these water levels is not safe for all sizes of boats. Launching is at your own risk. Should the lake level drop five more feet to an approximate lake elevation of 3588 feet above sea level Antelope Point Launch Ramp will close to all launching with boat trailers. Parking is prohibited on the ramp.
The public is asked to use extreme caution when using the public launch ramps at Lake Powell. Most of the main boat ramps are open. The deepest launch ramp at Lake Powell continues to be Wahweap main ramp. Different boat/trailer combinations require varying depths of water, so remember to assess the water depth for your boat before launching.
The Antelope Point public launch ramp is open. Boaters should still be aware that while the ramp is open, launching at these water levels is not safe for all sizes of boats and launching is at your own risk.
The Bureau of Reclamation’s August 24-Month Study indicates that lake levels may continue to drop over the next two years, with the lowest predictions in March 2015 at approximately 3536 ft. The current lake level is about 3608 ft. and full pool is 3700 ft.
Lower water levels have exposed rock formations that have been hidden underwater for years. Boaters must be extra vigilant to avoid an unpleasant run-in with the Navajo Sandstone. At the current lake level, there are no available marina facilities or public launch ramp at Hite Marina.
Glen Canyon asks visitors to play it safe while in the park. Bring water, snacks, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen - and use them. Visitors on the water should wear life jackets. Cliff jumping is not recommended and illegal at 15' or greater. Boating after dark is discouraged due to sub-surface water hazards.
Public Health, Environmental and Wildlife agencies from Utah and Arizona are jointly issuing a mercury fish advisory for striped bass in the southern portion of Lake Powell from Dangling Rope marina to the dam. The National Park Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) have recently detected additional adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell. Since this time last year, the water levels at Lake Powell have dropped which has exposed shorelines that were previously underwater.
To help stop the spread of mussels:
You must clean and drain your boat before you leave the vicinity of the lake.
You must dry your boat the required amount of time before
moving it to another body of water.
OR you can have your boat professionally decontaminated.
Highway 89 at Echo Cliffs is open to Page The Arizona Department of Transportation open the highway on March 27.
Navajo Route 20 N20 is now designated as U.S. 89T, the road will revert back to the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Carl Hayden Visitor Center January through February, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rest of year, daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Call 928-608-6404 for more information.
Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center is closed for repairs the spring of 2015.
Bullfrog Visitor Center, Bullfrog, UT, Thurs-Sunday from 9-1. Call 435-684-7423 for more information.
Download the 2015 Park Newspaper PDF Also covers Rainbow Bridge NM
Wahweap Main and Bullfrog launch ramps and screening for the invasive mussels by trained personnel will be mandatory for all vessels. Currently, Lake Powell is believed to be free of quagga and zebra mussels. However, zebra and quagga mussels pose a major threat to Lake Powell if they were to become established. Experts fear that zebra mussels could spread quickly through the Colorado River watershed and potentially establish themselves in other river systems.
Note: Regarding the 2-stroke, 4-stroke engine issue: According to the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36, 7.70(e)(3): No one may operate a PWC that does not meet the 2006 emission standards set by EPA for the manufacturing of two-stroke engines. This also true for Lake Mead NRA.
Water levels are down The lake water level is at 38% full. This is the lowest level in the last 75 years. Construction to extend all Lake Mead launch ramps will take place mid-May through late-July. At least one lane will remain open at each ramp during construction. To avoid construction, boaters may want to consider storing their boats on the water in a slip before the summer rush. Callville Bay, Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Temple Bar offer this service.Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »
SWIMMING ADVISORY CONTINUES AT LAKES MEAD, MOHAVE Conditions at Lake Mead have improved dramatically, but National Park Service officials continue to advise visitors to be on the lookout for algae and avoid swimming in areas where it is visible in Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. More...
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Alan Bible Visitor Center is now open The new Alan Bible Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Please call 702-293-8990 for more information. The Visitor Center will be closed the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Launch ramps Open with no restrictions - Hemenway - Boulder Harbor - Callville Bay - Echo Bay - Temple Bar - South Cove - More...
Launch ramps closed. Overton - Government Wash - Las Vegas Bay
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Multi-vessel/vehicle discounts are no longer offered for latest fees see park website.
Virgin River Basin at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be temporarily closed March 27 through May 12. The area closed includes the northern tip of Lake Mead National Recreation Area where the Virgin River meets Lake Mead, as well as surrounding lands.Echo Bay, Stewarts Point, Redstone and the hot springs along Northshore remain open.
Multi-vessel/vehicle discounts are no longer offered - for latest fees see park website.
Laughlin and the Colorado river
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave beginning in late September to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds.
No one may operate a personal watercraft (PWC) that does not meet the 2006 emission standards set by EPA for the manufacturing of two-stroke engines. A person operating a personal watercraft that meets the EPA 2006 emission standards through the use of direct-injection two-stroke or four-stroke engines, or the equivalent thereof, is not subject to this prohibition and will be allowed to operate as described in this section.
The NPS and Forever Resorts, LLC dedicated the first floating building project in the world to be registered for LEED® certification at Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave.
The bridge over the Hoover Dam is open for traffic.
You can now experience the Colorado River via Google Street View. http://www.businessinsider.com/google-colorado-river-2014-3
Take a virtual trip on Lake Mohave and the Colorado river in this DesertUSA video. If you have never been to Laughlin you need to see this video before you pick a place to stay. Click Here
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The Boater's Guide & Map Intro. Package to Lake Powell includes detailed information, maps and black and white photographs of Lake Powell. Click here to review.
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