Lake Mead water level expected to rise

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July 24, 2023 — According to projections made by the Bureau of Reclamation, Lake Mead’s water levels are predicted to rise by nearly 20 feet by the end of the yearOpens in a new tab., compared to its levels in January.

Unprecedented Rebound in Water Levels.

A marked elevation is on the cards for Lake Mead as its water level is forecasted to reach 1,065 feet by the year-end, a substantial increase compared to the 1,047 feet recorded in January. The data provided by the Bureau of Reclamation in June 2023 Opens in a new tab.placed the lake’s water level at 1,056 feet, signifying an encouraging trend towards replenishment.

Proactive Measures of Water Management.

Part of the expected elevation in Lake Mead’s water level is due to the planned future water releases from Lake Powell, which are expected to raise the water level by another six feet. These releases are part of a proactive strategy implemented by the Bureau of Reclamation to manage water resources more efficiently in the region.

A Retrospective View of Water Levels.

The water levels at Lake Mead have shown fluctuations over the past decade. Data from the Bureau of Reclamation provides a comprehensive overview:

  • In 2014, the lake’s level fluctuated between a high of 1,108.75 feet in January and a low of 1,080.60 feet in July.
  • 2015 started with a level of 1,088.51 feet in January, dropping slightly to 1,075.08 feet in June, and ending the year at 1,080.91 feet.
  • By the end of 2019, the level had risen to a peak of 1,090.49 feet in December.
  • However, by 2022, the lake experienced a significant decrease, ending the year at a low of 1,044.82 feet.

Outlook for Lake Mead.

The rise in the lake’s level is a promising sign for the management of water resources in the region. However, consistent monitoring and adaptive strategies are crucial to ensure the long-term sustainability of Lake Mead and the ecosystem that depends on it.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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