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Geography in the Lake Mohave Basin

The Lake Mohave Basin is a small and long basin located in the northwestern portion of the planning area at 980 square miles.  Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 4.6-1.  The basin is characterized by a broad valley along the Colorado River in the southern part of the basin and by mountains in the northern part of the basin. The Colorado River, Lake Mohave and Lake Mead define the western and northern basin boundary. Vegetation is primarily Mohave desertscrub with a small area of lower Colorado River Sonoran desertscrub (see Figure 4.0-9) and tamarisk and marsh vegetation along sections of the Colorado River.

Principal geographic features shown on Figure 4.6-1 are:

  • Mohave Valley in the southern part of the basin running parallel to the Colorado River

  • Silver Creek Wash running east to west from Oatman to Bullhead City

  • The Black Mountains that define the eastern basin boundary with the highest point in the basin, Mount Perkins at 5,456 feet northeast of Cottonwood East at the basin boundary

  • The lowest point in the basin is approximately 500 feet near Golden Shores at the Colorado River

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Geographic Features

 

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