Lake Mead


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1,076.05 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Owners of horses seized by animal control have until Tuesday to claim animals

Lasvegas Now

Date: 10/25/2016 12:51:00 AM

The animals were taken from a home on Fairhaven Street near Lake Mead and Decatur boulevards. Investigators said the animals were living in unhealthy conditions that were likely to cause sickness, injury or death. All of the animals were taken to the

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Recovery: Humpback Chubs, New Values and New Hope for Endangered Native Fish

Date: 10/24/2016 11:56:00 PM

There are “undesirable fish,” “rough fish,” and “trash fish.” Humpback chubs, native to the turbulent, turbid water of the Colorado River system, are all three. They compete with nonnative gamefish like brown trout from Europe and rainbow trout

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Tractor-trailer hauling coffee veers into Colorado River

Krdo Breaking News

Date: 10/24/2016 3:44:00 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A tractor-trailer carrying coffee has veered off Interstate 70 into the Colorado River, injuring the driver and leaving boxes of coffee floating in the waterway. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the crash occurred Sunday

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More birds, new trees after Colorado River "pulse flow"

Date: 10/24/2016 3:17:00 PM

Fresh stands of cottonwood and willow trees rising in the Colorado River delta are evidence of the lasting environmental benefits an eight-week “pulse flow” of water deliveries to the area more than two years ago, according to a newly released report

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North Las Vegas, Your Cracker Barrel Is Open

Easter Vegas

Date: 10/24/2016 2:47:00 PM

Inside, each of the chain’s 641 outposts is uniquely decorated, displaying hundreds of pieces of "Americana and genuine artifacts," with special attention given this time to items that celebrate the "Old West, the Hoover Dam, the circus, and Lake Mead

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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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