Outdoor options abound for fall
LAUGHLIN — Outdoor enthusiasts are applauding the cooler temperatures and the change in the seasons.
While it might seem like boating is done for the year, a new breed of recreationist will take to local waterways.
“Some of the best boating is right now,” said Nick Duhe, boating education coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
September and October are great for boating because there are less people and the temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy, he said, but there is a shift to fishing, rather than personal watercraft recreation.
At this time of year, fishing enthusiasts will find striped bass really active, Duhe said.
“Folks are doing really well with striped bass,” said Duhe.
Trout like cooler water so as the temperatures drop, they become more active, he said.
“People can fly fish mostly on the lakes,” said Duhe. “It’s mostly a hook with a bobber and sinker around the Colorado River.”
For those ready to get off the water, there are other options.
Deer season opened last weekend, said Duhe, and while hunters looking for big game needed to have their tags by now, there are still options.
Anyone interested in hunting smaller game like rabbits, birds or quail, can get a year round license, good for one year from date of purchase, online or at any outdoors store or Walmart.
Trapping season is also about to begin, said Duhe, who encouraged trappers to get her license now.
“The general rule is, if you come here, know the rules,” said Duhe.
Rules can all be found on the division of wildlife’s website at www.ndow.org.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area has implemented seasonal changes.
Goldstrike Canyon and White Rock Canyon/Arizona Hot Spring Canyon Trails reopened, after being closed during the summer months as a safety precaution for the general public and recreation area employees.
A new parking area was created near the Interstate 11 Hoover Dam exit for easier access for vehicles and to exit the trailhead.
Seasonal fire restrictions have been lifted but there are still some regulations that must be followed:
• Fires must be less than three feet in diameter.
• Fires must be at least 10 feet from the nearest beach logs, structure or vegetation.
• Chemically treated wood, painted wood, wood with nails or staples cannot be used.
• Fires must be above ground (no pit fires) and attended at all times.
• Fires must be completely extinguished with water, doused and stirred. Fires should not be covered with sand because it will insulate the heat and create an unseen danger for wildlife and visitors.
• Rock rings must be deconstructed and refuse must be removed from the beach after a visit.
• Debris burning is not permitted.
• When shoreline camping, all charcoal ashes must be packed out and disposed of in a park trash receptacle after ensuring that they are completely extinguished.
There are also some updated seasonal boating restrictions for Black Canyon. Houseboating, water skiing and wake boarding are prohibited yearround for safety reasons. Vessels with motors are prohibited Sunday and Monday year round.
Boating is restricted to vessels with 65-horsepower engines or less Tuesday through Saturday until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Personal watercraft are prohibited until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Black Canyon Willow Beach will continue to keep the store open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31, then hours will change to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Feb. 28.
The Willow Beach Grill is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Nov. 1 and then it will be closed until Feb. 28.
Cottonwood Cove keeps its administrative office open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The marina and boat facilities are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31. Services will be available at the motel front desk from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15. The fuel dock is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15.
Cottonwood Cove’s retail store and motel is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The warehouse and dry storage are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Nov. through Feb. 15.
Katherine Landing is keeping their restaurant open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is subject to closure Monday through Thursday. The retail store and boat shop are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The small boat rental and fuel dock are open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The motel remains open with office hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information visit katherinelanding.com or call 928-754-3245 for updates and information on upcoming events.