Lake Mead


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1,087.94 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Dude, Where Did You Take That Shot?


Date: 2/17/2018 11:16:00 PM

This picturesque looping bend in the Colorado River, about a mile and a half round trip hike from the parking lot, used to be only known to locals. It was a sandy slog, leading you right up to the edge of the 1,000-foot high cliffs and the river below

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Ted Kowalski: We must act now to protect the future of the Colorado River

Arizona Daily Star

Date: 2/17/2018 11:13:00 PM

The Colorado River is the hardest-working river in the Southwest and an economic engine for the entire country. But it is also a river facing a critical inflection point. Every drop of water that flows down the Colorado is already accounted for and due to

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Apartment fire near Lake Mead and Jones displaces 18


Date: 2/17/2018 5:36:00 PM

A total of 18 people are out of their homes after a fire ripped through a Northwest valley apartment building on Friday night. Firefighters received calls around 10:50 p.m. about heavy smoke coming from the roof of an apartment on Bellota Drive, near Lake

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Dolph Lundgren on working out and working his way up

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 2/17/2018 3:00:00 PM

It was fun to go to Drai’s. It was just tough for me to move around. My favorite times in Vegas are at Lake Mead or going down to the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam. Nevada is a beautiful place. So you killed Apollo Creed in “Rocky IV” in Vegas

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Austin’s new public library reflects the city’s transformation and energy

The Architect's Newspaper

Date: 2/16/2018 5:43:00 PM

The 198,000-square-foot facility occupies a full city block adjacent to where Shoal Creek meets the Colorado River in the western part of downtown. Austin’s first residents settled here 180 years ago, and in the 20th-century municipal facilities like the

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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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