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  • Photo of the Delta-Mendota Canal which is part of the Central Valley Project in California.

    President proposes $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020 budget for Bureau of Reclamation

    President Donald Trump has proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Administration’s and Interior’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, communities and industry, while providing Reclamation with tools to confront the widening imbalances between supply and demand throughout the West. Read More →

  • Photo of Hoover Dam Visitor Center.

    Hoover Dam visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgrades completed

    Hoover Dam has completed the Visitor Center theater level renovation and elevator upgrade projects. We are again offering full Powerplant and Dam Tours. Guests may purchase tickets for Visitor Center Exhibit Center and Power Plant tour tickets in person or on-line. Dam tour tickets are available in-person only on a first-come first-served basis. Major credit cards and cash are accepted. We appreciate all our guests and thank you for your patience while we completed these necessary upgrades.  Read More  →

  • The image is a screen shot of the new side-by-side comparison map in the data visualization tool. The map on the right displays the 2018 WaterSMART projects, and the map on the left displays all previously funded WaterSMART projects.

    WaterSMART Program Updates: Data Tools for Water Managers

    Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation works with states, Tribes, water managers, and other entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability. In addition to cost-shared grants for water management improvements, Reclamation provides shared information and tools with water managers through WaterSMART to support water supply reliability. There have been recent updates to the WaterSMART Data Visualization webpage, and two new data platforms, including a Technical Review of Smartcontrollers and an Irrigation Demand Projections tool. Read More →

  • Photo of girl holding fish in LCRMSCP

    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  →
  • Bureau of Reclamation launches funding opportunity for WaterSMART small-scale water efficiency projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for small-scale water efficiency projects as part of the WaterSMART Program. The projects funded with these grants include installation of flow measurement devices and automation technology, canal lining or piping to address seepage, municipal meter upgrades, and other projects to conserve water. These cost-shared projects conserve and use water more efficiently, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to a reliable water supply in the West. Read News Release, View FOA

  • 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  →

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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: 3/12/19