Parker-Davis Dam

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Parker-Davis Dam


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Nevada's Parker-Davis Dam Located 8 miles north of the City of Laughlin on the Nevada side and 10 miles north of Bullhead City on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. Lake Mohave resulted from the construction of Davis Dam which spans the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, a portion of the Boulder Canyon Project. On the Arizona side of the river and managed by the Mohave County Parks Department(1-877-757-0915) is the Davis Dam Camp, a campground and day use area well appointed for the physically challenged angler and also has boat launching facilities, numerous campsites, RV hookups, and picnic areas. Available species include rainbow trout, striped bass, and catfish. Parker Dam is a concrete arch structure commonly called the 'deepest dam in the world.' Seventy-three percent of the dam's structural height of 320 feet is below the original river bed; only about 85 feet of the dam's strucural height is visible (its superstructure rises another 62 feet above the roadway across the top of the dam). Parker Dam has a volume of 380,000 cubic yards of concrete. At its crest, the dam is 856 feet long. Water control is provided by five 50-ft-square gates. Reclamation had investigated a possible dam site in Pyramid Canyon as early as 1902-03, but until Hoover Dam controlled the Colorado River, a dam at the Davis site was not considered practicable. In 1930, as the Hoover Dam project was moving forward, Reclamation made further investigations and explorations of the site which led to the authorization of the Davis Dam Project. The site was named in 1941 in honor of Arthur Powell Davis, Director of Reclamation from 1914 to 1932. Davis was one of a small group of men whose courage, foresight and vision sparked the beginning of Colorado River development. The City of Laughlin has numerous casinos, lodging, eating establishment, and entertainment. Parker Dam and Davis Dam (originally named Bullshead) comprise the Parker-Davis Project.

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Latitude, Longitude: 35.197287, -114.564692



  • Camping

    Facilities for public use are located at Katherine's Landing in Arizona near Davis Dam and at Cottonwood Cove east of Searchlight, Nevada. Public campgrounds are available at these locations where concessionaires provide trailer parks, restaurants, lodging, docking facilities, boat and fishing tackle equipment, and fishing licenses.

  • Fishing

    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. Rainbow trout are found in the cool, clear water at the upper end of Lake Mohave, while largemouth and striped bass can be taken from the lower reaches of the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas area available for use.

  • RVing

    RV hookups are available at the Parker-Davis Dam area.



Take US 95 south from Las Vegas about 30 miles, east on State Highway 164. Parking is available near the dam site but, as of April 2004, the roadway across Davis Dam is closed to all vehicles; pedestrian and bicycle access to the dam is still allowed.

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(928) 754-3626