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  • Photo of The Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.

    Long-term Colorado River forecasts highlight need for action

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released updated 5-year probability-based planning model projections for future Colorado River system conditions, which underscore the ongoing impact of record dry conditions across the basin. With spring and summer inflow to Lake Powell at only 36 percent of average, this year is one of the driest years in the past 19 years, which is the driest 19-year period in recorded history and one of the driest in the past 1,200 years.  Read More  →

  • Photo of Hoover Dam Visitor Center.

    Reclamation to offer modified Hoover Dam tours during visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgrades

    The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that on October 1, construction will begin to remodel and enhance one level of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and modernize the facility’s primary tour elevators. To accommodate the construction, temporary alteration of its internal tour and Visitor Center operations is necessary.  Read More  →

  • Photo of Razorback Sucker fish.

    Reclamation lowers Lake Mohave water level as annual razorback sucker harvest underway

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The work is part of annual river operations which is timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Beginning today, Lake Mohave will steadily lower from its August 31 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 634 feet msl by the week of October 8 and remaining at approximately the same elevation for the following two weeks. Lake Mohave is located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada. Read More  →

  • Pathways Student interns gathered for a group picture with Regional Director Terry Fulp (center) to celebrate their summer work activities.

    Reclamation’s Pathways Internship Program provides aspiring students with opportunity to address real-life career challenges

    Collegiate students who aspire to operate a hydroelectric powerplant or assist with native species recovery don’t have to wait long to start realizing their career dreams, if they line-up a summer internship opportunity through Reclamation’s Pathways Internship Program. Read More  →

  • Photo of Commissioner Brenda Burman presenting the Commissioner's Safety Award to Lower Colorado Region Regional Director Terry Fulp.

    Lower Colorado Region earns Commissioner’s Safety Award

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman recently awarded the Lower Colorado Region this year’s Commissioner’s Safety Award. The award is presented annually to the region that makes the greatest progress toward improving the safety of their facilities and exemplifying Reclamation’s vision statement of “I Care About Safety”. “We are extremely proud of the work the Lower Colorado Region has done to foster a safe work environment,” said Commissioner Burman. “The success of our safety program depends on every employee working together to embody the vision statement of “I Care About Safety”. Read More  →

  • Screenshot of river ops page

    Lower Colorado River Operations

    The Lower Colorado River Operations website provides data such as current conditions, projected operations, historical data, ongoing programs and activities, supply, accounting and contracting and annual operating plans. Read More  →
  • Photo of Elf Owl

    Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program

    The Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP) was created to balance the use of the Colorado River water resources with the conservation of native species and their habitats. The program works toward the recovery of species currently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It also reduces the likelihood of additional species listings. The program area extends over 400 miles of the lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to the southernmost border with Mexico, and includes lakes Mead, Mohave, and Havasu, as well as the historic 100-year floodplain along the main stem of the lower Colorado River. Read More  →

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Recreation & Public Use

Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Land Use

The public may apply to use Reclamation land, facilities, and waterbodies, and may engage in the use only after proper authorization is received from Reclamation. Use authorizations are not required for permitted public recreational use of recreation areas and facilities open to the public. Read More →


Reclamation Recreation Map Reclamation Recreation Website

Reclamation projects have created a variety of recreation opportunities on the rivers downstream from the dams, including world class whitewater rafting and fishing opportunities. Read More →


Reclamation Recreation Map Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips at Reclamation facilities and at all of America's public places. Read More →


RWIS Graphic Reclamation Water Information System

RWIS makes water and related data available for easy download and use. Visit the RWIS web site.


Special Notice

The Lower Colorado Region's Statements of Project Construction Cost and Repayment (SPCCR) presenting the relationship between project cost and repayment are available upon request. Please contact Matt Stemmer at (702) 293-8223 or mjstemmer@usbr.gov to obtain a copy of a project SPCCR.


Last Updated: 9/17/18