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Land Ownership in the Lake Mohave Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Lake Mohave Basin is shown in Figure 4.6-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the largest variety of land ownership of any basin in the planning area.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on protected areas is found in Section 4.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 44.5% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Kingman Field Office of the BLM.

  • BLM lands in this basin are primarily contiguous and located in the eastern portion of the basin.

  • The basin contains a portion of two wilderness areas, the 112,400-acre Warm Springs Wilderness and the 27,660-acre Mt. Nutt Wilderness (see Figure 4.0-12).

  • Primary land uses are recreation and grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 33.9% of the land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service (NPS) as the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
  • The NPS lands are located in the northern and west central portions of the basin.
  • Primary land use is recreation

Private

  • 11.9% of the land is private.
  • The majority of the private land is located in the vicinity of Bullhead City and Mohave Valley.  Private land around Mohave Valley occurs in a checkerboard pattern with tribal lands.
  • Primary land uses are domestic, commercial and farming.

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Land Ownership

Indian Reservation

  • 3.8% of the land is under ownership of the Fort Mojave Tribe.
  • Tribal lands are found in the southern portion of the basin and the majority of the lands are interspersed with private lands.
  • Primary land uses are domestic and farming.

State Trust Land

  • 3.3% of the land in this basin is held in trust for the public schools and the Miner’s Hospital under the State Trust Land system.
  • State lands are scattered throughout the southern portion of the basin.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

Wildlife Refuge

  • 1.9% of land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • All wildlife refuge lands are part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge located along the southwestern basin boundary.
  • Primary land uses are wildlife conservation and recreation.

Other (Game and Fish, County and Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

  • 0.7% of the land is under ownership of the Bureau of Reclamation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • The portion of “other” land in T21N, R19W is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  The other small parcel of land in T17N, R21W is managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as the Colorado River Nature Center.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

 

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