Lake Mead


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1,088.46 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Congress Eyes a Bill to Speed Up Dam Construction

Pacific Standard

Date: 3/30/2017 1:08:00 AM

The overflow glory hole in Dillon Reservoir, a major source of water for Denver, Colorado, that impounds several Colorado River tributaries in the Rocky Mountains, 60 miles west of Denver. (Photo: Bob Berwyn) Republicans from arid Western states have set

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Record numbers of hikers, climbers at Red Rock causes temporary closures

Lasvegas Now

Date: 3/30/2017 12:11:00 AM

At Lake Mead, visitation increased 13 percent last year. The national recreation area is ranked seventh highest in attendance across the United States. But the busy season is even more pronounced by overcrowding at smaller parks like Red Rock conservation

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Four Can’t-Miss Sightseeing Ideas for Fans Headed to Arizona for the Final Four

Yahoo Finance

Date: 3/29/2017 2:36:00 PM

Stretching 277 miles from end to end, the canyon’s multihued rock walls descend more than a mile to the wild Colorado River below. There are several ways to see the Grand Canyon, from scenic rim overlooks to hiking trails to air tour. Bold and brave

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Hundreds of companies bidding to ‘build that wall’ on US-Mexico border


Date: 3/29/2017 2:02:00 PM

A 1970 treaty with Mexico requires that anything built near the Rio Grande river not obstruct its flow, and the same treaty rules apply to where the Colorado River flows on the border in Arizona. There are also environmental regulations over what can be

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Some fish stories turn into science experiments

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 3/29/2017 12:09:00 PM

The first one piques your interest, but the second one keeps it. It is not uncommon, for example, to hear rumors that someone has caught a large striped bass at Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, a fish purported to weigh in the 20- to 30-pound class. But since you

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• River: Colorado River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Volume: 28,537,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 171,700 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 225 Feet
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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