Lake Mead


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Tri-State families learn about the natural world

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 9/22/2018 11:40:00 PM

National Park Service rangers at the park, which is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, joined with other organizations to provide the community with hours of outdoor activities and inform

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Suspect in stabbing of Cedar City man at Lake Mead in custody thanks to help from public

St George News

Date: 9/21/2018 4:04:00 PM

ST. GEORGE — Three individuals are in custody following an assault reported earlier this month at Lake Mead National Recreation Area that left a Cedar City man critically injured. The National Park Se

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Suspect in stabbing at Lake Mead arrested in Colorado

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 9/21/2018 3:44:00 PM

A suspect is in custody in connection with a stabbing this month at Lake Mead, according to The National Park Service. The stabbing was reported at 5:46 a.m. on Sept. 7 in the Lake Mead National Recre

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James Williams: Arizona's water future should be on voters' minds

Arizona Daily Star

Date: 9/21/2018 12:15:00 AM

Our surface water resources are dwindling. Lake Mead, the chief storage facility for Colorado River water, is 150 feet below capacity. Our ground water resources are also being depleted

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Federal investigators ask public’s help in identifying suspects connected to Lake Mead attack


Date: 9/20/2018 4:43:00 PM

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Federal officials with the National Parks Service investigating the attack in the Lake Mead Recreational Area that left a Cedar City man critically injured earlier this month

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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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