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Lower Colorado River Operations
Data and information about our management of this natural resource.

For more information and scheduling questions,
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Water Operations Control Center.

Current Conditions

Geographic-based River and Reservoir Operations Reports - pages offering hourly and daily operations data by geographic location.

Hourly Elevations and Releases
     Present Day
     Past 4 Days

Daily Reservoir Levels/Elevations
     Mead, Mohave, Havasu
          Archives of Past Months
     Powell
     Other Upper Basin Reservoirs

USGS Water Data - Real-time data from other gages on the Colorado River and its tributaries.

USGS WaterAlert - Service that sends messages about real-time gage data.

Water Supply & Uses

Water Supply Report - updated weekly

Forecasted Water Use - 2014
Actual Water Use - 2014

Water Accounting and Use Reports - by calendar year for Arizona, California and Nevada

Water Entitlements/Contracts Information


Projected Operations

Hourly Power/Releases - updated daily
     Davis Dam and Parker Dam
     Headgate Rock Dam

7-Day Reservoir Outlook - updated daily
     Lake Mead Daily Elevation Projections

Daily Elevations/Release Graphs - updated weekly
     Lake Mead/Hoover Dam
     Lake Mohave/Davis Dam
     Lake Havasu/Parker Dam

Weekly River Operations Schedule - updated weekly

Two-Year Projected Operations
Lakes Mead, Mohave, Havasu & Upper Basin
     24-Month Study Current - updated monthly
     24-Month Study Archives (2010 to present)


Historical Data

Historical Reservoir Levels - updated monthly
     Mead
     Mohave
     Havasu

Lake Mead High/Low Elevation Graphs
     Line graph with text data
     Bar graph with text data
     Bar graph only

Historical Flow Below Hoover Dam (graph)
     Excel
     PDF

Historical Stream Flow Reports

Ongoing Programs & Activities

updated iconColorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study

Climate Research & Development in the Colorado River Basin

Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

updated iconColorado River Basin Natural Flow and Salt Data



Annual Operating Plans (AOPs)

new icon Draft 2015 AOP for Final Consultation

new icon 2015 AOP - Final Consultation Presentation

2014 AOP

Annual Operating Plan Archives (1971 to present)


General Info and Links

The Colorado River Documents 2008 - A book that discusses the Interior Secretary's management of the Colorado River from 1979 through 2008.

Law of the River - Legislation governing Colorado River operations and management.

Archived Reports - Documents related to river operations including the Colorado River Water Delivery Agreement, the Colorado River Storage & Interstate Release Agreement, etc are available here.

Evaporation from Lake Mead - A USGS report published in 2013 detailing the results of a 2-year evaporation study on Lake Mead, March 2010 through February 2012.

2009 Lake Mead Area and Capacity Tables - Contains updated data (based on a 2001 reservoir sedimentation survey and a 2009 LiDAR survey) for Lake Mead. The updated tables were put into use operationally in January 2012.

River Miles Chart - River mile distances for points along the Lower Colorado River from the southerly international boundary with Mexico.

Army Corps of Engineers Guidelines - Info on permits needed for construction along the lower Colorado River.

USGS Lower Colorado River Studies - Studies completed in cooperation with Reclamation to collect hydrologic data and develop methods to account for consumptive use of Colorado River water.

Colorado Basin River Forecast Center - National Weather Service info on water supply and snowpack for both the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins.

Bill Williams River Basin Real-Time Data - Corps of Engineers info on flows and water supply along the Bill Williams River and at Alamo Dam.

Gila River Basin Real-Time Data - Corps of Engineers info on flows and water supply along the Gila River and at Painted Rock Dam.

Snow-Precipitation Update - Provides daily Snow-Precipitation updates for the Colorado River Basin above Lake Powell.

Lake Mead/Lake Mohave Air and Water Temperatures - Daily regional temperatures and precipitation - including water temperatures for Lakes Mead and Mohave - provided by the National Weather Service.

Lake Mead Water Quality Monitoring - Real-time water quality monitoring, air/water temperatures, etc. - provided by the US Geological Survey, in partnership with Reclamation, the National Park Service, and Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Colorado River Boating - Publications and information provided courtesy of the California Department of Boating and Waterways, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Nevada Department of Wildlife.
    Boating Trail Guide - Davis Dam to Parker Dam
    Boating Trail Guide - Blythe to Imperial Dam
    Colorado River Safe Boating Hints
    Colorado River - Tri-State Boating Safety Guide
    Tri-State Boating Safety Partners web site

Webmaster: Water Operations Control Center
Updated: September 11, 2014