Laughlin Nevada and Davis Dam

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Hey All:

I was in Laughlin Nevada and Lake Mohave last week.  I walked across Davis Dam then drove over to Pyramid Canyon Park on the Nevada side. Don Laughlin the founder of this area passed away about a week ago.  Be sure to check out this video.  Click HERE to watch “Davis Dam Lake Mohave Recreation Area”.

Davis Dam

Davis Dam spans the Colorado River in Pyramid Canyon 67 miles downstream from Hoover Dam and 88 miles upstream from Parker Dam.  The Mexican Treaty of 1944 required the United States to construct Davis Dam for regulation of water to be delivered to Mexico. The reservoir formed by the dam, Lake Mohave, is used for that purpose through integrated operations of Hoover and Davis Powerplants.

Davis Dam

Davis Dam, rising 200 feet above the lowest point of the foundation and about 140 feet above the level of the river, is a zoned earthfill structure with concrete spillway, intake structure, and powerplant. It has a crest length of 1,600 feet, and a top width of 50 feet. Its reservoir, Lake Mohave, has a total storage capacity of 1,818,300 acre-feet, and at maximum capacity extends 67 miles upstream to the tailrace of the Hoover Powerplant.

The semi-outdoor type Davis Powerplant is on the Arizona side of the river immediately downstream from the dam embankment. Water is delivered from the forebay to the powerplant through five 22-foot-diameter penstocks. The plant’s nameplate capacity is 240 megawatts.

Laughlin, NV

Fun in the sun is all but guaranteed in Laughlin, the bustling waterfront city nestled in the southernmost tip of the Silver State. A short 90 miles south of Las Vegas, the Colorado River beckons for days spent boating, jet skiing, fishing, and tour cruising. An equally enchanting riverwalk scene, home to nine amenity-packed resorts, complements the perfect desert getaway.

ON YOUR WAY TO OR FROM LAUGHLIN, MAKE A PIT STOP AT THE GHOST TOWN OF NELSON. IT’S HERE YOU CAN TOUR THE OLDEST, RICHEST, AND MOST FAMOUS GOLD MINE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA!

Take Care All.  See you soon.

~~~Russ

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