Lake Mead


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1,074.99 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Does California's environmental protection law impede development? Five things to know about CEQA

Orange County Register

Date: 8/28/2016 12:18:00 AM

A 43-mile pipeline would divert the water to the Colorado River Aqueduct. A mining company that benefits from the water’s flow sued under CEQA. The company depends on the water flow for brine mining, extracting minerals dissolved in the water for

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Flooding closes roads in southern Clark County


Date: 8/27/2016 10:11:00 PM

Other visitors who bypass the closure may be cited by law enforcement. Cottonwood Cove is east of Searchlight and just north of Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Officials are hoping to have the road reopened by Sunday. Repair crews

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Florida man dies while scuba diving at Lake Mead

St George Utah

Date: 8/27/2016 8:22:00 PM

ST. GEORGE — A Florida man diving in Lake Mead Saturday died following resuscitation efforts by emergency crews. A 48-year-old man diving to the B-29 crash site at Lake Mead National Recreation Area floated to the surface just before 2 p.m., Christie

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Smartphones now used to keep invasive species out of Lake Tahoe

Date: 8/27/2016 8:11:00 PM

Quagga mussels have caused significant environmental damage in U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes and Lake Mead. No only have the inspection stations been watching for the mussels, but they've also found 20 boats with other invasive species

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Outdoor Report: Dove hunting opener Thursday, lots of public land opportunities

Victorville Daily Press

Date: 8/27/2016 7:59:00 PM

There has also been far less tropical thunderstorm activity in the southern deserts, with most of the storms not crossing the Colorado River into California. These storms are frequently blamed for running doves out of the region just before the opener each

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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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