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There are 2 resort areas on Lake Mohave.  To arrange reservations for lodging or campsites, contact the resort directly using the phone numbers below.   Any questions that are not answered in these pages can be answered by calling the appropriate resort.   

You can also learn more about Cottonwood Resort from their website at:  Cottonwood Cove Resort 

Both resorts have lodging, campgrounds, restaurant, store, and marina with gas dock.  In addition to these two resorts, Willow Beach Harbor has a gas dock and store at the north end of the lake, but NO restaurant, campground, or lodging.  Willow is located about 9 miles down river from Hoover Dam.

Lake Mohave Resorts - Marinas

Cottonwood Cove Resort (702) 297-1464

Lake Mohave Resort (928) 754-3245 (Katherine Landing)

Willow Beach Harbor  (928) 767-4747 (gas dock & store only)

Katherine Landing is located conveniently near Laughlin, Nevada.  This provides for entertainment by night, then water play by day.  Hotels are also plentiful as well as cheap meals.

Cottonwood Cove is about an hour drive north of Laughlin on the Nevada side of the river.  This area is quieter and less busy, not to mention being 20 miles closer by water to Hoover dam.   See our map of Lake Mohave.

Above is a picture of Cottonwood Cove Motel & marina

Lake Mohave facts and trivia

Lake Mohave was formed in 1953 with the completion of Davis Dam, 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.

Davis Dam was constructed simply of an earth and rock-fill embankment with a concrete spillway, gravity structure and power generation plant.  Davis Dam is 67 miles south of Hoover Dam forming Mohave Lake, a long and narrow lake 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.

The primary purpose of Davis Dam is to regulate the flow of water coming out of Hoover Dam, including provide 1.5mil acre feet of water to Mexico in accordance with a 1944 water treaty.   In addition to water regulation, Davis dam also controls flash floods, generates up to 2 billion KW-hours per year, provides recreational water and habitat for fish and wildlife.

All these benefits cost a mere $64 million dollars, peanuts by today's standards.   Although built some 46 years ago it' was recently fully paid for in year 2000 from revenues earned from power generation. 

Davis Dam Facts

Type:  Earth and Rock-fill
Height:  200'
Crest length:  1600'
Crest width:  50'
Base width:  1400'
Dam volume (earth and rock): 3.64 mil cubic yds.
Power Generation:  5 generators, 48MW
Mohave Lake facts
Capacity:  1.8mil acre ft.
Surface area:  44 sq. mi.
Length:  67mi.
Elevation:  647' (max)

Temperatures to expect:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max 63 70 76 84 91 105 109 106 97 89 74 64
Min 43 44 47 54 63 74 81 78 69 61 48 40
Water 53 57 59 60 68 73 84 81 64 64 58 48

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