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NPS rangers give talk on enjoying local bodies of water

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 7/15/2018 11:20:00 PM

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and a 140-mile stretch of the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada provide settings for a variety of water recreation activities. Local youths were invited to take part in

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BLM lifts fire restrictions in Phoenix, Colorado River districts

Kingman Daily Miner

Date: 7/15/2018 5:56:00 AM

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management has lifted all fire restrictions for public lands administered by the Phoenix District and the Colorado River District as of July 13. Due to the widespread prec

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AIA volleyball uses camp to experiment

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 7/14/2018 11:27:00 PM

BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave Accelerated Learning Center hosted its second Colorado River Volleyball Camp and the three Arizona Interscholastic Association squads used the game experience to see what th

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Strong storms make way into Las Vegas Valley

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 7/14/2018 8:40:00 PM

More than 1.5 inches of rain poured over the course of an hour in the northernmost area of Lake Mead on Saturday night, and more storms could be coming, according to the National Weather Service. A ra

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Armchair Adentures: Running the Colorado River

Date: 7/14/2018 7:00:00 PM

Our big river trip is in the books. We went down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon for nearly eight days, covering essentially the entire canyon while seeing, hearing and experiencing everyt

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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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