Willow Beach access road opened


LAKE MEAD – The access road to Willow Beach was reopened Wednesday after reconstruction to repair damage from last week’s washout, the BLM reported.

The road that leads to a popular launching spot on the Colorado River was closed to the public after 4.7 inches of rain fell on July 25 and caused severe damage.

The takeout is also open again, along with one side of the launch ramp. All Black Canyon River Adventure raft tours and permitted paddlecraft tours may resume normal operations.

Crews for the National Park Service made repairs and cleared debris from the roadway and will continue to work in the area. Drivers should use caution on the S-curves and obey posted speed limit, which is 35 mph at the top of the canyon and 25 mph toward the bottom.

According to the National Weather Service, more storms were possible Wednesday and today in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and throughout northwest Arizona.

NWS reported an increased chance of showers and storms that could bring potential heavy rainfall and flooding to areas of southern Nevada, southeast California and northwest Arizona.

The weather briefing included an update for the flash flood threat. Scattered thunderstorms could develop across the Mojave Desert and drop 0.75 inch to 1.5 inches of rain an hour in some areas.