Lake Mead

ARIZONA - NEVADA


Lake Level
1,084.14 FEET
1/19/2019
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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One superintendent or two? Boards yet to decide

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 1/17/2019 11:26:00 PM

Each member of the Colorado River Union High School District and Bullhead City Elementary School District governing boards talked Thursday about whether it would be better to have one superintendent f

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Bids for Kids benefits local Boys & Girls Clubs

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 1/17/2019 11:12:00 PM

LAUGHLIN — The 28th annual Bids for Kids Charity Auction, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River, will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Aquarius Casino Resort. Sponsored by Horizon Comm

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Farmers, cities in dispute over drought plan, dollars

Kingman Daily Miner

Date: 1/17/2019 6:26:00 PM

It includes a promise of 105,000 acre feet of Colorado River water for the next three years, 70,000 acre feet of groundwater for four years after that. The draft legislation also includes $5

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Nevada, Arizona working to finalize Colorado River drought plan

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 1/17/2019 4:02:00 PM

Arizona has less than two weeks left to approve an emergency plan for the drought-stricken Colorado River, and Nevada officials aren’t just watching the clock run out from the sidelines. John Entsming

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Cities, farmers fight over water conservation plan

Arizona Capitol Times

Date: 1/17/2019 1:36:00 PM

It includes a promise of 105,000 acre feet of Colorado River water for the next three years, 70,000 acre feet of groundwater for four years after that. The draft legislation also includes $5 million i

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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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