River drawdown begins Monday

The Colorado River on the Parker Strip will be a foot lower beginning on Monday as the Bureau of Reclamation facilitates its annual drawdown.

The temporary elevation change is done in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to facilitate annual maintenance on canals operated by Colorado River Indian Tribes.

Beginning the morning of January 9th, the agency will begin lowering Lake Moovalya – the body of water between Parker Dam on the north and Headgate Dam on the south – to 363.40 feet. The one-foot drop should be complete by that afternoon, although timing could vary depending on operational or environmental conditions. The lake should return to its normal elevation of 364.40 feet on January 20th, however that could change if operational or environmental conditions make it necessary. The drawdown is expected to have only minimal impacts on releases from Parker Dam and will not affect Colorado River flows below Headgate Rock Dam.

River users should be aware that fluctuating or lower than normal river flows may expose or create natural hazards such as sandbars, gravel bars, unstable riverbanks, floating or submerged debris, or other unfamiliar obstacles. As always, caution should be exercised while using the river.


  1. Sorry but it’s been down already for 4 days now.

  2. Parker Live

    Robert Gould No need to apologize! The article is just giving the official drawdown date.

  3. Parker Live I tried to post some pics from down river?

  4. Robert Gould
    Draw down calculated at head gate dam. Up River much lower.

  5. Headed for double snowpack, so cross your fingers.

  6. Julie Paul and Crystal Fazlian

  7. Well, let’s hope this rain system will do some good.

  8. We need all the rain that is coming and the snow pack in the mountains. God will provide and make our lakes and rivers full again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *