Park rangers are anticipating more than 100,000 visitors at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this 4th of July weekend. Here are the latest launch ramp conditions, safety tips and weekend events.
LAUNCH RAMP CONDITIONS
At Lake Mohave, the water elevation is around 644 feet. Launching conditions are excellent.
At Lake Mead, the water elevation is around 1,072 feet. Operators are responsible for checking launch conditions prior to entering the water. Conditions change daily.
Boulder Harbor – Six lanes open for any size vessel on concrete ramp. The channel exiting the harbor is five to eight feet deep. Hazards have been marked just outside the harbor. Please use caution.
Hemenway Harbor – Two lanes open for any size vessel on pipe mat.
Callville Bay – Two lanes open for any size vessel on pipe mat and concrete planks.
Temple Bar –Two lanes open for any size vessel on pipe mat. Four-wheel-drive recommended.
Echo Bay – One lane open for any size vessel on pipe mat. One lane open for small craft only on pipe mat.
South Cove – One lane open for any size vessel on pipe mat. Four-wheel-drive recommended.
Fireworks and Campfires
No fireworks are allowed within Lake Mead National Recreation, not even sparklers. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in grills at developed picnic areas or campgrounds and at shorelines 100 feet from vegetation, unless marked with a no campfire sign.
The consumption or direct possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person operating a vehicle or vessel is prohibited.
Life jackets save lives. Because lake conditions can change in an instant, rangers recommend always wearing a life jacket while swimming.
It’s monsoon season. There is a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms July 2 and 3. It’s important for boaters to check the weather forecast before they launch. For the latest weather conditions, tune to marine band radio channel 16 or 22A or visit the park’s new National Weather Service websites:
Lake Mead = http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/rec/index.php?loc=LM
Lake Mohave = http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/rec/index.php?loc=MO
If a monsoon develops, which can happen rapidly, those on the water should:
Get swimmers and skiers out of the water, and have everyone put on a life jacket.
Find a sheltered cove or inlet, until the storm passes. Launch ramps become crowded after storms arrive.
Write down current GPS coordinates, so rescue crews can locate stranded vessels more quickly.
If your boat becomes disabled during a storm, throw an anchor or empty bucket attached by a line into the water to slow drifting.
Secure loose items under seats, in storage areas or in the center of the boat.
Be prepared to spend the night on your boat or on shore. Pack extra water, food, blankets and flashlights.
If flash flooding occurs on land, visitors should avoid washes and canyons and seek high ground. Never drive through flooded roadways.