Conditions change rapidly at Lake Mead. Stay up-to-date with the latest information on weather, trail conditions, and launch ramp statuses.
Get current water temperatures, wind speeds, wave heights and more by clicking on the below links and then clicking on the observations tab.
If a monsoon develops, which can happen rapidly, those on the water should find a sheltered cove or shore. Launch ramps become crowded after storms arrive. It’s also wise to write down current GPS coordinates, so rescue crews can locate you more quickly. If flash flooding occurs on land, visitors should seek high ground.
There are no active seasonal trail closures at this time.
Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail - This is a maintained trail without rough terrain. SUMMER: This trail remains open, however plan your hike only for the early morning hours and return to your car before 10 a.m.
What is Swimmer's Itch?
Swimmer’s Itch is an irritating, yet harmless rash caused by the human body’s allergic reaction to a free-swimming microscopic parasite (cercarial) found in shallow water throughout the world. It typically occurs near shorelines.
How can I help prevent it?
To reduce the risk of developing this condition, briskly towel off immediately upon leaving the water to remove the parasites from your skin. If you have access to spare, uncontaminated water, like melted ice water from a cooler, you can also use this to rinse. Because birds are part of the parasitic cycle, do not feed birds, attracting them to where people swim.
What are the symptoms & treatment?
Symptoms include reddening spots which appear within a few hours. Itching, swelling of the skin, and/or red welts may also develop 10 to 15 hours later. Most cases of Swimmer’s Itch do not require medical attention and Swimmer’s Itch is not contagious. If you have a rash you can get relief by home remedies, such as a baking soda paste, or over-the-counter anti-itch lotion.
Learn more from the CDC: CDC - Cercarial Dermatitis
Many lakes and large bodies of water contain microscopic organisms and bacterias. While it doesn't put humans safety at risk, practicing good hygiene is always recommended when coming into contact at Lakes Mead and Mohave. Here are some tips you can follow:
Wash Your Hands
Per the Center for Diseases Control, Germs spread from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands or touching surfaces or objects that have germs on them. After being in contact with water, it is recommended to follow these five steps:
Do not swallow the waterIt should go without saying, do not swallow water. Water in large bodies of water may contain human or wildlife bacteria, including your own. While safe to recreate in the water, swallowing it is a no.
Algae growth is a healthy part of a lake’s ecosystem and provides food for many of the smaller fish in the lake. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are a particular type of algae that can grow quickly when temperatures and nutrients are just right and create an algal bloom. This particular type of algae, under certain conditions, can produce toxins that are harmful to humans and pets. Drinking untreated water can lead to stomach illnesses; swimming in water containing these toxins can cause skin irritations. To be safe, you should avoid areas with high levels of algae, avoid green algae growth in shallow coves and watch for any public warnings released about algae in the area. Pets or small children, who may drink the water as they play, are more susceptible to algal toxins; do not allow your pets or small children to play where algae is noticeable.
Launch Ramp Status
Declining water levels due to climate change and 20 years of ongoing drought have reshaped the park’s shorelines. As Lake Mead continues to recede, extending launch ramps becomes more difficult and more expensive due to the topography and projected decline in water levels. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encourages visitors to plan ahead and stay informed by checking current conditions and alerts.
Current Daily Water Levels for Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (Bureau of Reclamation)
Last updated: November 3, 2023