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Lake Mohave: Katherine Landing and Cottonwood Cove

Lake Mohave is second only to Lake Mead for Nevada, Arizona, and Southern California boaters, jet skiers, fisherman, and water sport enthusiasts. Lake Mohave is down right skinny, not more than 4 miles across at its widest point, but is 67 miles in length. It is confined for most of its length by the steep walls of the Pyramid, Painted, Eldorado and Black canyons. Map 260k pdf

Seven Crown Houseboat on Lake Mohave
Photo provided by Seven Crown Resorts, Lake Mohave
houseboat, boat, and waverunner rentals.

Katherine Landing Ranger Station 1.928.754.3272 or 754.3030
Lake Mohave Resorts 1.928.754.3245
Cottonwood Cove Marina 1.702.297.1464 or 1.702.297-1005
Marine Radio Channel 16

Capacity: 1,818,300 acre-feet
Surface Area: 44 square miles
Length: 67 miles
Max lake elevation: 647 feet

Lake Mohave is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and is operated by the National Park Service. Lake Mohave is home for fish and wildlife; it also regulates flash floods from the side washes below Hoover Dam. Map 352k pdf


The area around the Lake Mohave and along the Colorado River below Davis Dam also provides a lot of recreation areas for fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, waverunners, camping, picnicking, exploring, auto touring, photography and "just   relaxing."

There are a lot of beaches that can only be accessed by boat. During the summer, boaters seek out  beach sites for camping. They swim, water ski and relax. If you like to fish for Trout the clear waters at the upper end of the lake are excellent, while Largemouth and Striped Bass are taken from the lower end of the lake. Near the Dam is a good place for Stripers. A fishing license from either Arizona or Nevada, to which a special-use stamp from the opposite state is attached, is required for those wishing to fish on Lake Mead or Lake Mohave.


Public areas are located at Katherine's Landing, in Arizona (near Davis Dam), and at Cottonwood Cove, east of Searchlight, Nevada. Boats and waverunners can be rented at Katherine's Landing. Public campgrounds are available at both locations providing tent and trailer camping, restaurants, lodging, docking facilities, boat and fishing tackle equipment, and fishing licenses. Willow Beach, 31 miles upstream on the Arizona shore, has gas for boats and is being updated because it is in a flood zone. Check with Rangers for the latest update.

Cottonwood Cove
Cottonwood Cove, Lake Mohave
Known as a family resort, Cottonwood Cove is on the Nevada shoreline of Lake Mohave like a desert oasis. With houseboat and deck cruiser rentals, 24 room beachfront motel, bar & grill and swim beach, Cottonwood Cove is the perfect place for a family gathering. The gift store offers mementoes of your stay, groceries, boating and fishing supplies. Visit nearby Laughlin, Nevada before or after your visit for gaming excitement! One hour north of Laughlin, Nevada on the Nevada shoreline of Lake Mohave. Map 327k pdf


Entrance fees are for entrance into Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Entrance stations are under construction and are expected to be open in May 2000. Current locations are East Lake Mead Drive, East Lake Mead Blvd., Boulder Beach and Katherine Landing. Additional locations will be added in future projects. Holders of annual passes will be authorized to enter the park through the far right hand lane of the entrance station.

Golden Age Pass
Golden Age Pass

Nat'l Parks Pass
(1-5 days)
(1-5 days)
$5.00 per vehicle (covers all passengers)
$20.00 per annual pass (all passengers)
$ 3.00 per person (motorcycle, bicycles, etc)
$20.00/annual pass (motorcycle, bicycles etc.)
$10.00 US age 62 or older lifetime pass
Free - medically determined to be permanently disabled.
$50.00 valid for 1 year from month purchased

All motorized vessels entering the park will be assessed a lake use fee charge. This includes vessels that are in dry storage and/or maintained in slips at the marinas.

(1-5 days)
(1-5 days)
(annual pass)
(annual pass)
$10.00 first vessel
$ 5.00 each additional vessel
$20.00 first vessel
$10.00 each additional vessel

Average Temperatures

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Day 63 75 87 95 97 105 113 108 102 88 77 70
Nite 44 54 57 65 66 77 81 84 74 63 57 48
Water 51 52 56 61 68 76 81 80 76 70 64 54

Remember these are average temps. We have seen days in July/August that have reach 128 degrees. We have experienced morning lows of 105 degrees. Those of us that live in Laughlin greatly thank whoever invented air-conditioning.

Maps (large pdf files)

Katherine Landing

Cottonwood Cove

Black Canyon

Seven Crown Resorts, at Katherine Landing has houseboat, boat, and waverunner rentals.

Forever Resorts has houseboat rentals at Cottonwood Cove

More Maps from the Lake Mead Site

Personal Watercraft Issue What's up with waverunners and Jet Skis on Lake Mohave and Lake Mead? Are they banned?

Why is the water so low? National Park Service announcement.
update 09/04/05: the water levels in Lake Mead have come up just a little and launching is better.

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