Date: May 23, 2014
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2014
Release No.: 2014-35
LAKE CONDITIONS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – An advisory is in effect for launch conditions at Lake Mead this Memorial Day because of lowering water levels. As of May 23, the elevation of Lake Mead was around 1,089 feet.
Launch ramp conditions at Lake Mohave are normal. The elevation of Lake Mohave is around 642 feet.
“Lake Mead is almost 20 feet lower this year compared to last Memorial Day weekend,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson. “These water levels create advantages and disadvantages. Lake Mead is still a huge body of water, and now there are more coves and beaches for recreating, but visitors should take it slow on the water because new hazards have surfaced."
Aids to Navigation crews have marked new hazards, but others may exist. To report a notice to mariners, call 702-293-8778.
The following launch ramps are open, some with limitations:
The following launch ramps are closed:
Weather for Memorial Day weekend is expected to be pleasant. The National Weather Service forecasts a light breeze with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s.
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