Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Closes Trails Due To High Heat

In a move to protect hikers from themselves, officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada have temporarily closed the Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Springs trails because it's too hot for most people.

Turbulent Waters Keep National Park Rangers Busy With Rescues At Lake Mead NRA And Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A quick turn of the weather forced rangers into rescue mode at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as high winds and waves left dozens of boaters seeking help. The final tally: 70 distress calls at Lake Mead, 11 rescues performed, including of one woman who spent three hours treading water and praying, and the rescue of five young sea kayakers at Sleeping Bear.

Black Canyon Water Trail First National Water Trail In The Southwest

A 30-mile watery ribbon that flows below Hoover Dam in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada has been designated a "national water trail," the first in the Southwest.

The Great Park Time Zone Puzzle, Or...."What Time Is It, Anyway?"

In an ideal world, those of us on a trip to a park could take off our watches, never glance at the time on our electronic devices, and not even care what day of the week it is, much less the hour of the day. That's unfortunately not always the case, of course, so it's important to know there are some parks where the answer to "What time is it?" may not be what you expect.

Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

National Park Service Rangers Honored For Valor On The Job

National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.

Decades-Long Cattle Trespass Comes To A Head For Lake Mead National Recreation Area And BLM

In a situation that reads like a bad plot from an old western movie, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are hoping for a peaceful resolution of a cattle trespass dispute with a Nevada rancher that has lasted more than 20 years. It's a tense and tricky situation.

One Dead, Two Missing In Lake Mead National Recreation Area Boating Accident

One man has died and two were missing Saturday in a boating accident at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Sun Being Tapped To Power Parts Of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

With all the sunny days in Nevada, it would be a sin not to tap into that energy. And that's what the National Park Service is doing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Bald Eagle Numbers Down Slightly At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

An annual survey of raptor species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in mid-January found a slight decline in the number of bald eagles from the previous year, but biologists were not surprised by the results. What's behind the changing numbers of these birds?

Meetings On Wilderness Plans At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Scheduled

Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be centered around water, but there also is a land mass attached to the NRA, and wilderness areas within that mass. Now the park staff is working to develop a management plan for those areas.

New Video Celebrates America's Wilderness And Cultural Ties To It

The value of wilderness can be defined in many ways. In the following video produced by the National Park Service, the cultural side of wilderness is explored through the Mojave tribe.

ARAMARK Parks And Destinations Lands Sightseeing Boat Concession At Lake Mead NRA

ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, which manages lodging in a number of national parks, has been awarded a 10-year concession contract to operate Lake Mead National Recreation Area's sightseeing boat tours.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

NPCA: Reopen The National Parks, Then Fund Them Properly

Once the partial government shutdown ends -- and it will -- and the National Park System is back in business, advocates want to see Congress properly fund the National Park Service.

Around The Parks: A Blurring Of National Park Lines

Around the country, as the partial government shutdown moves into its second week, taxpayers angry with the closure of national parks are showing their disgust through civil disobedience, mockery, and anger directed at the National Park Service.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Offering Free Loaner Life Jackets In Bid To Save Lives

The numbers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are sobering: the leading cause of unintentional deaths at the park is drowning and none of the drowning victims were wearing a life jacket. The park is trying to change those statistics by offering free loaner life jackets at two popular swim beaches.

New Water-Filling Station At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Helps Cut Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Use

A new water-filling station at the main visitor center for Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been in service for six months, and in addition to reducing the use of disposable plastic water bottles, the filtered water is catching on with visitors. Since its installation, the station has been used to fill 13,600 water bottles.

Millions Flocking To Lake Mead National Recreation Area This Year

Visitation to Lake Mead National Recreational Area has risen more than 6 percent this year, with nearly 3.4 million people having visited the NRA that sprawls over parts of Nevada and Arizona.

Heat Kills Boy Scout Leader At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Four Others Recovering

In the wake of one death, and with continued unrelenting heat in the forecast, Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials are cautioning visitors to take it easy during their visit to the NRA.

You Can Help Break A World Record At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

If you going to be within driving distance of Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday, May 18, you can help break a world record. All you need to bring is yourself—and a life jacket.

Sonar Successful In Locating Drowning Victim At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nine months after a swimmer disappeared in the waters of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, his body apparently has been located and recovered with the help of side-scan sonar.

Car Break-ins Reported At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Heading to Lake Mead National Recreation Area for spring break? Don't leave any valuables in your rig. Park rangers report a number of break-ins of vehicles in recent weeks at some of the NRA's most-popular hiking trails.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Mulling Climbing Options In Wilderness Areas

Three public meetings have been scheduled for next week to discuss preliminary alternatives and climbing management options for wilderness areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

Report On Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Aquatic Health Holds Mostly Good News

A recent report on the aquatic environment at Lake Mead National Recreation Area has mostly positive news for boaters, fishermen, environmentalists and the millions of residents who depend on the huge lake in the desert for their day to day water needs.

Boaters At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Take Notice: Echo Bay Marina Facilities Are Closing

Boaters at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will need to pay much closer attention to their fuel supplies after the first of February—the Echo Bay Marina is ending operations. That leaves boaters on the huge lake's Overton Arm without any sources of water-based fuel or other marine services.

Colorado River Basin Study: Where Do National Parks Fit In?

Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.

Can Social Media Help Save Lives At Lake Mead National Recreation Area?

Rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area have an on-going challenge: how to encourage visitors at one of the country's most popular parks to use common-sense and basic safety devices to reduce the area's sobering accidental death toll. The park staff has now turned to social media to promote three new videos that they hope will help save lives

NPS Issues Prospectus for a Concession at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for boat tours and associated food services at the Hemenway Harbor area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This is between two sections of the Las Vegas Boat Harbor Marina Complex at the southwest end of the lake near Hoover Dam.
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