BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Boaters planning to head out to Lake Mead for some water enjoyable ought to beware: Historically low water levels could affect your access to sure locations.
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area launched data Monday advising guests to pay attention to adjustments to water access factors and boat launch areas on Lake Mead this year due to declining water levels, which is predicted to final by way of the summer time.
According to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) forecasts for 2021 and 2022, Lake Mead water levels will drop much more.
The following launch ramps can be impacted as early as late May 2021:
- Boulder Harbor
- Hemenway Harbor
- Temple Bar
- Callville Bay
- Echo Bay
- South Cove
The elevation of Lake Mead is about 145 toes decrease because the onset of the 20-year historic drought, together with the final ten years of utmost drought reflecting the consequences of a altering local weather within the Colorado River basin.
In late May 2021, water levels are anticipated to attain 1075 toes and under. Lake Mead plans to quickly prolong launch ramps in most impacted locations utilizing pipe mats whereas they determine a long-term resolution to implement. Boaters ought to verify the standing of their most well-liked launch locations earlier than heading to the lake. The newest data on present boat launch, and marina amenities may be discovered at Lake Mead National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
Between 2002 and 2021, the National Park Service has closed some lake access factors and invested tens of tens of millions at different locations to prolong launch ramps, parking amenities, water methods, electrical methods, docking amenities, navigational aids, shoreline access, sanitation amenities, and plenty of different amenities to accommodate decreasing lake levels.
Projected water levels are offered on the fifteenth of every month by the BOR and can be found right here. Lake Mead is America’s first National Recreation Area and affords a wide range of leisure alternatives, together with mountaineering, tenting, fishing, scenic driving, and extra. Visit Lake Mead National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) for extra data.