Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave is a reservoir on the Colorado River created in 1951 following the completion of Davis Dam near present-day Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. Named for the Mohave Indians who previously inhabited this region of the Colorado River valley, Lake Mohave extends approximately 67 miles along the valley from Hoover Dam to Davis Dam straddling the southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona border, which follows the original river channel. Davis Dam was named after Arthur Powell Davis, Director of Reclamation from 1914 to 1932. He was one of a small group of men who originally had the vision of harnessing the power and water resources of the mighty Colorado River. No more than 4 miles wide at the widest point, most of the lake's length is in narrow canyons, within the steep walls of Pyramid, Painted, Eldorado, and Black Canyon. As the water comes out of Hoover dam it's a chilly 53 degrees. As the water opens up into the main lake area some 45 miles south it begins to warm up, and in the summer gets into the 80's at the surface. Three marinas with launch ramps are located on Lake Mohave, two in Arizona (Willow Beach and Katherine Landing) and one in Nevada (Cottonwood Cove). An additional launch ramp is located at Princess Cove on the Arizona side near Katherine Landing. Katherine Landing is located conveniently near Laughlin, Nevada, providing casino-style entertainment by night, and water play by day. Cottonwood Cove is about an hour drive north of Laughlin on the Nevada side of the river, directly East of Searchlight NV. This marina is quieter, less busy, and located on the widest section of Lake Mohave.