Reclamation Reducing Lake Havasu Levels for BLM Recreation Site Improvements

Media Contact: Rose Davis , 702-293-8421
Lori Cook, 928-317-3243

For Release: December 15, 2011

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – During the latter part of December 2011, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin reducing the elevation of Lake Havasu to assist Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintenance crews in improving a recreation site on the lake.

The lake will be lowered to approximately elevation 445.0 feet above mean sea level by January 3, 2012. Lake Havasu is expected to remain at this lower elevation through January 6, 2012. Small, intermittent fluctuations may occur due to unforeseen wet weather or other operational considerations.

The lake will begin to return to normal operating levels of about 448 ft on or before January 17.

All lake users should remember that fluctuating or lower than normal flows may expose or create natural hazards such as moving sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, use common sense and stay alert when using the Colorado River and its reservoirs.

Reclamation is lowering Lake Havasu to facilitate a BLM seawall restoration project at Linda’s Camp, a boat-in campsite approximately 8 miles upstream of Parker Dam on the Arizona side of the lake. The BLM Lake Havasu Field Office will refurbish a seawall at Linda’s Camp where some blocks have been dislodged. The site is one of the 88 shoreline camps available along the Arizona side of Lake Havasu, from Lake Havasu City south to the Parker Dam. These sites are only accessible by watercraft.

Linda’s Camp is closed at this time and will re-open in mid-January, when the work is complete. Please contact the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office Project Engineer Bill Parry at 928-505-1211 for more information on construction activities.

Additional information about Havasu lake elevations and lower Colorado River operations are available on Reclamation’s website at:

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