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1,083.10 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Upcoming: Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival


Date: 11/16/2019 10:20:00 PM

YUMA, Ariz - The annual Colorado River Crossing balloon Festival is one of Yuma's most iconic fall events, attracting balloons and balloon-enthusiasts from all over the Desert Southwest and beyond

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Rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon’s majesty

Boston Herald on

Date: 11/16/2019 9:30:02 PM

John Wesley Powell, first person to explore the full length of the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River Exactly 150 years after Powell wrote that entry in his journal, I find myself fulfilling a lifelong

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Ride on Amtrak’s Zephyr reveals hidden Rocky Mountain vistas

Date: 11/16/2019 8:01:00 PM

3 minutes ago “Welcome to Moooooon River,” the conductor announced as our train curved into a canyon running parallel to the Colorado River. I quickly realized what he meant; as we rode alongside the

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Study looks at potential for massive flooding in Flagstaff

Kingman Daily Miner

Date: 11/16/2019 5:58:00 PM

FLAGSTAFF (AP) – New modeling shows that a rush of water nearing the flow of the Colorado River could run off potential fire-scarred areas and flood parts of Flagstaff. The chance of massive

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Rotary gift helps group give kids a night outdoors

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Date: 11/15/2019 10:22:00 PM

Floating on the Colorado River through the spectacular McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, and spending a starry night camping outside, is something all kids should get a chance to do. More

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• River: Colorado River
• Length: 759 Miles
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Volume: 26,134,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 171,700 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 225 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 532 feet
• Length: 120 Miles
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River about 24 mi from the Strip southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is 112 miles long when the lake is full, has 759 miles of shoreline, is 532 feet at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet above sea level, and has 247 square miles of surface, and when filled to capacity, 28 million acre-feet of water. However, the lake has not reached this capacity since 1983 due to increasing droughts.
There are nine main access points to the lake. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton arm of the lake.
The lake is divided into several bodies. The large body closest to the Hoover Dam is Boulder Basin. The narrow channel, which was once known as Boulder Canyon and is now known as The Narrows, connects Boulder Basin to Virgin Basin to the east. The Virgin River and Muddy River empty into the Overton Arm, which is connected to the northern part of the Virgin Basin. The next basin to the east is Temple Basin, and following that is Gregg Basin, which is connected to the Temple Basin by the Virgin Canyon. When the lake levels are high enough, a section of the lake farther upstream from the Gregg Basin is flooded, which includes Grand Wash Bay and the Pearce Ferry Bay and launch ramp. In addition, there are two tiny basins, the Muddy River Inlet and the Virgin River Basin, that are flooded when the lake is high enough where these two rivers flow into the lake. As of now, however, these basins remain dry.
Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. There are five marinas on the lake: Forever Resorts at Callville Bay, Echo Bay, and Temple Bar Marina; and Las Vegas Boat Harbor along with Lake Mead Marina in Hemenway Harbor which are family owned and operated. The area also has many coves with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. There are several small to medium-sized islands in the lake area depending on the water level.
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