Colorado River Recreation

Lakes and Water Level Information

September 2015

List of Lakes and Current Conditions

Highway 89 at Echo Cliffs is open to Page

Click on the links below for more information on each lake.

Lakes and Activities

 Nearby Hotel and Motels

Dams

Air and Water
Temperature

Lake Powell

Web Cameras

Houseboat rentals

Page, AZ

Glen Canyon Dam

Click for Page, Arizona Forecast

Water level
Down 52% full
Water Temp 78+

Lake Mead

Video


Houseboat rentals

Where to Stay

Boating

Hoover Dam

 

Click for Las Vegas, Nevada Forecast
Water level
Holding 38% full
Water temp 80+

Lake Mohave

Video

Houseboat rentals

Where to Stay
Laughlin, NV
Bullhead City, AZ

Davis
Dam

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Water level
Holding 95% full
Water temp 76+

 Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City

Parker Dam

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Water level
Holding 95% full
Water temp 78 +

 Lake Martinez 

Yuma, AZ

Laguna Dam
Imperial Dam

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Many sandbars showing.
Water Temp N/A

 



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Lake Powell

UPDATE Sept, 2015: Recreational users are still urged to carry their own drinking water and not rely on filtering or purifying water from the San Juan River. No closures are currently in effect. This a result of the Gold King Mine spill. More...

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 about 92% of the Aug 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.


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Increase Entrance Camping and Boat Use Fees Beginning June 1 2015 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.

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.

Osprey nesting area closure
A section of the Colorado River near Kayak Beach is closed due to nesting osprey. Please be kind to our feathered friends.

New Waste Disposal Requirements for Coyote Gulch Visitors
Due to increased visitation and the lack of toilets at Coyote Gulch, hikers in the popular Coyote Gulch area of the Escalante backcountry will now be required to pack out their own solid waste using a portable waste containment bag.

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.

Due to increased visitation and the lack of toilets at Coyote Gulch, hikers in the popular Coyote Gulch area of the Escalante backcountry will now be required to pack out their own solid waste using a portable waste containment bag.

 

 

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 6 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Call 928-608-6404 for more information.

Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center –8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.daily.

Bullfrog Visitor Center, Bullfrog, UT, Thurs-Sunday from 9-1. Call 435-684-7423 for more information. 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.

Lake Mead

Water levels are down The lake water level is at 38.5% full. Launch ramp conditions at Lake Mead have improved significantly thanks to an ongoing $1.5 million construction project that began in late July. The project involves underwater excavation, dredging, grading and construction of reinforced concrete ramps. The concrete ramps will extend down to the water’s edge, and concrete panels or steel pipe mat will extend roughly six feet below the current lake water surface. Construction is ongoing at five launch ramps, Echo Bay, Callville Bay, Hemenway Harbor, Temple Bar and South Cove. At least one lane will remain open at each ramp during construction. All interim ramps are in good condition with easy launch. Conditions can change daily. Please survey the area before launching to make sure it's suitable for your vehicle and boat. At Boulder Harbor, which has a launch ramp down to an elevation of 1,060 feet, crews are dredging the harbor channel approximately 15 to 18 feet below the water surface. Navigational aids are in place to guide boaters around dredging. All ramp work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Funding for the project was provided by fees collected at entrance stations and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Swimming Advisory Continues at Lakes Mead, Mohave
National Park Service officials are advising visitors to avoid swimming in areas where mats of algae are visible in Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. More...

A temporary emergency closure will go into effect for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning May 29. to Sept 8. 2015 During the closure, visitors can still access the popular hot springs via the Colorado River. "People are miscalculating their ability to hike these strenuous trails in the summer, and it's not only endangering their lives, it's endangering the lives of other visitors and rescue crews," said Patrick Gubbins, acting superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. "These areas will re-open in the fall, when temperatures are cooler."

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

Check weather on new updates on Twitter - https://twitter.com/LakeMeadNRA

Multi-vessel/vehicle discounts are no longer offered for latest fees see park website.

Lake Mead NRA Newspaper PDF

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.


Summer 2015

Lake Mojave and the colorado river

Multi-vessel/vehicle discounts are no longer offered - for latest fees see park website.


Laughlin on 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.

Houseboats for rent.

 

Laughlin

Sept 5-6 and Sept 25, 2015 International Gift and Craft Show

Sep 12, 2015 Championship Bull Riding

Oct 2, 2015 Viva Tropicana Car Show

Lake Havasu


September 4-6, 2015 @ 11am-10pm 8th Annual Lake Havasu Tattoo Show

October 2-4, 2015 @ 9am Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races

October 3-11, 2015 34th Annual IJSBA World Finals

 

General and News

The bridge over the Hoover Dam is open for traffic.

DesertUSA has videos on Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon Dam, Lees Ferry, Rainbow Bridge, and Lake Mojave's Davis Dam and Laughlin, NV.

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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Glen Canyon Dam


Click on the picture above to read the story of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge,
named the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

 


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