Lake Mead


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Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Slow and steady’: Catfish, stripers remain best bets for fishermen on Colorado River

Mohave Daily News

Date: 10/9/2015 12:55:00 AM

BULLHEAD CITY — Rusty Braun describes the catfish bite as “slow and steady from near Davis Dam down the river.” “Not much word from the Big Bend area, but the Sunshine Peninsula and Rotary Park were last doing OK,” said Braun, proprietor of

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Padre Dam Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project Incorporates Online THM Instrument To Monitor Free Chlorine Use For Potable Reuse

Date: 10/9/2015 12:35:00 AM

Padre Dam imports 100 percent of its drinking water supply from the Sacramento Bay Delta and Colorado River. Drought conditions and imported water supply challenges have highlighted the need for Padre Dam to explore new possible water sources capable of

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Bridgewater Channel dredging in full swing this week

Havasu News

Date: 10/8/2015 11:59:00 PM

The Marine Association has a full partnership with fisheries along the Colorado River, and as much as it would like to dispose of weeds within the lake, the association also has an interest in preserving the lake’s fish populations. Salscheider says he

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Senate hearing shows how divisive drought relief can be

Date: 10/8/2015 9:33:00 PM

He said it was also vital that guarantees be included in any bill to ensure that when a state voluntarily contributes water to help maintain the health of the Colorado River system that the water stays in the system. "It would be like a savings account

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Hispanics working to preserve the Colorado River


Date: 10/8/2015 4:58:00 PM

KUSA- Its namesake is our state. The Colorado River starts near Rocky Mountain National Park, before flowing down from the mountains and into several other states. It also winds its way through the Hispanic roots of the American Southwest. "God's creation

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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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