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Davis Dam, Laughlin

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Davis Dam is a dam on the Colorado River about downstream from Hoover Dam. It stretches across the border between Arizona and Nevada. Originally called Bullhead Dam, Davis Dam was renamed after Arthur Powell Davis, who was the director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1914 to 1923. The United States Bureau of Reclamation owns and operates the dam, which was completed in 1951.
Davis Dam impounds the Colorado River and forms Lake Mohave.
Davis DamDavis Dam is a zoned earth-fill dam with a concrete spillway, 1600ft in length at the crest, and 200ft high. The earth fill dam begins on the Nevada side, but it does not extend to the Arizona side on the east. Instead, there is an inlet formed by earth and concrete, that includes the spillway. The hydroelectric power plant is beside the inlet.
The dam's purpose is to re-regulate releases from Hoover Dam upstream, and facilitate the delivery of Colorado River water to Mexico. Bullhead City, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada, are located just below the dam along the river. Davis Camp is also nearby. Bullhead City was originally a construction town for workers building the dam.
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  • I enjoyed the visit while birding in the Laughlin area. Many species of ducks around the dam to enjoy, especially in December. Great to take a few hours in nature and walk the lovely trails. Great...  more »

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