Boaters should expect changes at the lake

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Changes are coming for boaters in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

According to the National Park Service, due to low water levels forecast over the next 24 months, operations in Boulder Harbor, Hemenway Harbor, Temple Bar, Callville Bay, Echo Bay and South Cove will be affected.

The Callville Bay ramp is expected to close permanently in May 2022 when the water level reaches 1,062 feet. Currently, it is reduced to one lane.

“We do not anticipate any marina closures and I am unable to project the potential at this time,” said Kelsea Larsen of the National Park Service.

The launching ramps at Temple Bar and South Cove are currently closed, but boaters can use a primitive launching point about ½ mile south of it.

Despite these closures, Echo Bay and Hemenway Harbor have an open pipe mat lane for use by boaters.

Larsen said the Park Service does not anticipate any reduction in services at this time.

“We will continue to educate the public on our website and through normal outreach,” she said.

Lake conditions can be monitored at https://www.nps.gov/lake/learn/news/lakeconditions.htm.

Lake Mead’s elevation has been about 145 feet lower since the drought began in 2000.

Since 2002, the National Park Service has invested millions of dollars to expand launching ramps, parking lots, water systems, electrical systems, mooring facilities, navigation aids, shore access , sanitary facilities and other facilities to allow the lowering of the lake level.

The park continues to work with the Bureau of Reclamation and other partners to develop options to deal with the change in lake level.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

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