Visiting Lake Mohave, Nevada

View ruby red sunsets and rich indigo skies, and swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Mohave. Lake Mohave is an ideal setting for your houseboat vacation - from finding the perfect hidden cove in which to spend your entire trip to cruising the lake and fishing for the night's dinner. This desert oasis truly is perfect for vacationing spring, summer or fall.

Lake Mohave is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Lake Mohave caters to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. Three of America's four desert ecosystems--the Mohave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts--meet in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As a result, this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world.

Located in the center of the 67 mile long Lake Mohave,
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is in the middle of the action

Visitors to Lake Mohave find spectacular scenic vistas from park roads, the lake surface, and non-structured walks. Striking backdrops for all recreational activities include deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, the lakes, colorful soils and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation.

Fishing on Lake Mohave is excellent due to the many varieties of game fish available and naturally occurring species, such as Rainbow, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Blue Gill and Perch. The sport varies depending on the time of the year and lake conditions, but Striper fishing is excellent all year long, with record-size fish caught in the cooler months.

Average Air & Water Temperatures
•  Lake Mohave, Nevada  •
Month High Low Water
Jan 60° 38° 54°
Feb 68° 41° 54°
March 73° 48° 55°
April 82° 54° 57°
May 92° 65° 68°
June 102° 74° 72°
July 108° 81° 80°
Aug 106° 80° 84°
Sept 99° 71° 78°
Oct 85° 57° 70°
Nov 68° 44° 63°
Dec 58° 37° 58°
All temps in Fahrenheit and averaged historically.
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A houseboat rented from Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is the perfect basecamp in which to start any Lake Mohave adventure. Each is fully outfitted for the perfect getaway with your family or friends. Add a small boat or personal watercraft rental, and motor around the lake, marveling at the abundant wildlife - everything from Bighorn Sheep to wild burros and ducks. The lake's glass smooth water and mild temperatures also make it ideal for waterskiing.

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is a full-service marina, providing everything you'll need for a great vacation. At the Motel - bring in your catch of the day and grill it on the BBQ or kick up some sand in a friendly game of volleyball.

Have a large group coming with you?
Lake Mohave provides an inspirational setting for retreats, private parties, and family reunions. Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina has the facilities and staff to make it all happen for you!

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina
   Experience Savings of up to 35%

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is located right in the center of the 67 mile long Lake Mohave, putting it right in the middle of all the action. Just 45 minutes north of Laughlin, and one hour south of Las Vegas, you can also experience a little bit of desert entertainment before or after your trip.

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is a full-service marina, providing everything you'll need for a great vacation. At the Motel - bring in your catch of the day and grill it on the BBQ or kick up some sand in a friendly game of volleyball.

Have a large group coming with you? Lake Mohave provides an inspirational setting for a retreat, private party or family reunion at Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina.

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina Facilities Include:

  • Houseboat Rentals - with houseboats from 50' to 70'
  • Ski Boats, PWC & Fishing Boat Rentals - available for hourly, daily and multi-day rental
  • Lakeside Lodging - steps away from the waters of Lake Mohave
    For Motel Reservations Please Call 1-877-386-4383
  • RV Park & Campground - overlooking Lake Mohave and convenient to resort services
    For RV Reservations Please Call 1-877-386-4383
  • 70' Wide Launch Ramp - with easy access to parking and tie-down areas
  • Dry Storage - secure and convenient to launch areas
  • Boat, Motor Home & Trailer Hauling - convenient to launch areas
  • Gift Shop & Convenience Store - conveniently located near the Hotel office and marina
  • Cafe - located next to the Gift Shop & Convenience Store
  • Boat Slip Rental - daily and monthly (covered / uncovered) slips available

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is professionally managed by Forever Resorts and is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

For Motel or RV Reservations Please Call 1-877-386-4383

Check out our new "Green" Marina Building

Forever Resorts has been awarded a Gold Certification on the LEED marina service building at Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave.

The building is the first floating Gold LEED Certified building in the world. Click here to read about the construction process.

Take a look at the photo gallery and view the construction as it progressed.
(Click the link under the photo to the right.)

There are also three videos below:
• 3D view of what the marina looks like.
• News programs about some of the green features that made this project so special.
• KLAS news report about the new technology
being incorporated into the new green marina.

Forever's green partners that contributed to this project include:

Image Map

Scroll over or click on their logos to learn more about the people that contributed to this project.

Click the play button below to watch a news feature about the green building:

Watch this news report about Cottonwood Cove marina developments:

Cottonwood Cove Marina Boat Slip Rentals

Looking for a home for your own boat? Slip rentals are available at Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina.

All boats are due out of slips by 11:00am the morning after the last night rented. Moorage for 30 days or longer requires a signed rental agreement, proof of insurance and a copy of the current registration. Daily slip rentals available at $25/day. Courtesy dock (any length boat) also available from 7pm - 7am for $25/night.

  • Uncovered Slips (rates are based on slip or boat length, whichever is greater)
  • 12' x 28' are $292.60 a month or $10.45 per ft
  • 12' x 36' are $376.20 a month or $10.45 per ft
  • 15' x 40' are $418.00 a month or $10.45 per ft
  • 18' x 48' are $501.60 a month or $10.45 per ft
  • 18' x 59' are $616.55 a month or $10.45 per ft
  • Covered Slips (rates are based on slip or boat length, whichever is greater)
  • 12' x 36' are $468.00 a month or $13.00 per ft

Dry Storage Rates at Cottonwood Cove Marina

  • Units up to and including 24' are $15/night or $70/month
  • Units 25' and longer are $15/night or $85/month
  • Empty Trailer Storage for Long-Term Marina Moorage Guests: $10/month

Additional Cottonwood Cove Marina Services

  • Moving vessel to/from slip (one way): $40
  • Moving vessel to/from slip (round trip): $75
  • Chase Boat with Mechanic: $100/hour, (1 hour minimum)
  • Diver: $100/hour, 1 hour minimum
  • Boat launch and retrieve each way parking lot staging: $20
  • Boat and travel trailers to launch ramp from dry storage (one way): $40
  • Retrieve and Splash with Peterbilt/Trailer: $300
  • Dock Boxes: $10 per month

National Park Service - For Kids

"Get Outdoors, It's Yours!" is a national campaign focused on getting America's youth outside and engaging with Nature. The goal of this initiative is to encourage children and their families to spend more time outdoors.

The NPS site has fun activities and information about Web Rangers, Junior Rangers (RangerZONE), and Park Fun. Click on the link below to get to know the National Park System Web Ranger site and all of the information available for kids.

Visit the NPS WebRanger Site

Discover how to become a Junior Ranger!

The National Park Service Junior Ranger Programs are designed to provide an environment where participants can interact with the park and explore at their own pace. Click the link below to search the list of parks that are offering the Junior Ranger Program and get ready to earn your Junior Ranger Badge, Patch or Certificate!

Visit the NPS RangerZONE site

Environmental News

Forever Resorts Announces Construction on a New Sustainable Marina Building to Submit Completed Project for Consideration as First Floating LEED Certified Structure

Searchlight, Nev. - Scottsdale-based Forever Resorts formally announced the development of its new marina building at Nevada's Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina on Lake Mohave, just south of Las Vegas. Upon completion, the new building - which is being built according to LEED standards - will be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for consideration to become the first floating structure ever to earn LEED certification.

"Forever Resorts has long been committed to preservation and environmental practices, and we couldn't be more excited to make history by developing a building that embraces the eco-friendly principles we support," said John Schoppmann, executive vice president of Forever Resorts.

We are pleased to be partners with Forever Resorts as they take the lead in this arena," said William Dickinson, superintendent of the Lake Mead Recreation Area. "There isn't a better place than in a unit of the National Park Service to showcase cutting-edge green technology when it comes to on-the-water facilities."

  • Green Cleaning Program throughout the resort and Green Purchasing Program (currently in place)
  • Energy and Environmental Education Programs for boaters and community members (currently in place)
  • Extensive energy-saving materials and systems, including high-performance insulated glass
  • High-efficient HVAC equipment and delivery systems
  • Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to capture sunlight and produce electricity
  • Extensive use of recycled and regionally extracted and/or manufactured materials, such as concrete, steel, drywall, metal studs, carpet, etc
  • Finish materials, paints, adhesives, caulks and sealants that contain low or no Volatile Organic Compounds to ensure healthy indoor air quality
  • Recycled and recyclable building and landscape materials, recycled construction waste and prevention of night sky pollution

The construction of the green marina building was announced and celebrated during the lighting and christening of the newly completed, environmentally responsible state-of-the-art dock and marina at Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina, which is a member of the USGBC. Forever Resorts also unveiled details about the marina building, recognizing and thanking the teams who will help make this sustainable project happen. Project teams include NV Energy, the National Park Service, Michael Carlson of Carlson Studio Architecture (architect), Gene Hammond of M Space Holdings (contractor), Premier Materials (decking), KAMA Energy Efficient Building Systems (building components), BASF Group (high-performance wall insulation) Serious Materials (eco-friendly building materials, including windows and wall board).

The marina building will replace a 30-year-old structure and moorage for more than 220 vessels. In partnership with the National Park Service, Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina will strive to attain the highest LEED certification possible once the project is completed in fall 2010.

"This project will set the bar for all green marinas," said Collette Carter, general manager of Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina and a member of the Forever Resorts Floating Green Building Team. "The teams working on our project are incorporating the newest and most innovative products available. In fact, some of these materials and products will be used for the first time ever in the construction of this building."

The floating eco-friendly structure will feature sustainable modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials, fixtures and operations practices. The project's key earth-minded elements and commitments include the Forever Resorts Forever Earth Environmental Management System and a mix of new and existing programs:

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is home to Forever Resorts houseboats, which are custom-designed and manufactured by Fun Country Marine Industries, a Forever Resort property. Each houseboat is built with careful attention to luxury and details using materials and practices to maximize environmental sustainability for the wellbeing of the parks and lakes that bring meaning to the overall houseboat experience. All Forever Resorts marinas embrace and utilize Forever Earth's earth-friendly practices and are dedicated to the environment.

Forever Resorts consist of an exceptional collection of destinations that provide hospitality services throughout the world. Forever Resorts focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations.

Employment Opportunities

Cottonwood Cove is a super location with some great opportunities for Team Players who have a positive "can do" attitude to work in a unique location ~ for a unique company.

The Location:
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina is located on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave just 45 minutes from Laughlin and one hour from Las Vegas. Lake Mohave is located inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are an amazing 240 miles of shoreline, spreading 67 miles from end to end, with Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina located right in the middle.

The Resort:
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina provides a vast array of amenities to help visitors to enjoy all that Lake Mohave has to offer: Houseboat Rentals, Powerboat, Deck Cruiser and Personal Watercraft Rentals, Motel Rooms, RV Park, Convenience & Gift Store, Cafe, Slip Rentals, Marine Fuel, and a Meeting Room.

The Team:
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina fosters a team-oriented culture. If you enjoy working with the public, then you'll feel satisfaction being one of the many reasons why visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area return year after year. As an employee of a concessioner of the National Park Service, you'll learn first-hand about the natural treasures of this national recreation area. (Some positions provide housing, upon availability.)

How to Apply:
Contact Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina at (702) 297-1464 for an application or click on the link at the bottom of this page to download one.

You are welcome to mail, email, or fax your application, along with your resume:

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina
Attn: HR
10000 Cottonwood Cove Rd.
Searchlight, NV 89046

(702) 297-2036 Attn: HR


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