Colorado River Lakes
Water Levels & Temperatures January 2021
The Colorado River supplies all sorts of recreational opportunities to residents and visitors to the desert southwest. These are centered around four major lakes created by dams along the river: Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. Here you can see current water and air temperatures for each region, along with information about what to do and where to stay.
Click on the links below for more information on each lake.
Water Level and Temperature
Water level 88% full
Water temp 49+
What's Open and What's Closed Click Here
Rivers feeding Lake Powell are running at 56% of the average rate. Lake Powell is down 27.00 feet from December 2019. Watch your stuff, stay safe.
Water Elevation Lake Powell By Month
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. The Colorado River provides water for 40 million people across the Southwest.
Road Conditions Check for updates
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's fee increases on June 1, 2018.
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.
Castle Rock Cut and Antelope Point Marina Launch Ramp Fully 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 Wahweap fish cleaning station will be closed until further notice.
Main launch ramp at Bullfrog Marina closed due to low water levelsWhile the main ramp is closed, the north launch ramp remains open and available to all boaters and another launch location for vessels up to 20 feet in length was added east of the main ramp.
Lower water levels have exposed rock formations that havebeen 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.
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. The exhibit area at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center will be closed for renovation.
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 2017 Park Newspaper PDF Also covers Rainbow Bridge NM
No 2018-20 edition has been published.
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.
The ferryBeginning Thursday, Dec. 17 the Halls Crossing to Bullfrog Ferry will launch from the Halls Crossing Main Ramp. This is due to current lake levels. At Bullfrog, the Ferry is launching from the North Ramp. Local signage will direct travelers. For more information about the Ferry please call the Utah Department of Transportation at 435-893-4747, or visit the ferry page of the UDOT website.
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.
The NPS is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Emergency Management, and other federal, state and local health authorities.
What's Open and What's Closed
For all information Click Here
The park is located in both Nevada and Arizona.
Please check with the most recent state orders before traveling.
Most restrooms and stores are closed. Please bring everything you need, including water for you and your pets, and pack out everything you bring in.
Water levels: Lake Mead level is down about 7 feet from last year at this time. The lake water level is about 39% full. Launch ramp conditions at Lake Mead have improved significantly thanks to a $1.5 million construction project that began in late July 2017. 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.
Remember, Styrofoam and glass are never allowed in the park. Thank you for keeping your park clean and trash free.
Historic Railroad Trail Tunnel 3 Closed Until Further Notice Due to visible deterioration of the support beams within Tunnel 3 of the Historic Railroad Trail, this tunnel is closed, until further notice. Visitors may hike from the trailhead to Tunnel 3 and back. Access into the tunnel is prohibited.
Multi-vessel/vehicle discounts are no longer offered for latest fees see park website.
2018-20 edition not published.
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.
Laughin is open but the Colorado Belle Will Remain Closed Indefinitely
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.
Sunset Katherine's Landing South end of Lake Mohave 3/1/2020
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.
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