Important Notice to Mariners
Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »
Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage
Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »
Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed
A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, through Sept. 11. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »
Summer Fire Rules in Effect
Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »
16-Year-Old Drowns at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Second Drowning of the Friday – Sunday Weekend
Contact: Roxxane Dey, (702) 293-8947
At about 7:15 p.m. last night, a call came into the National Park Service (NPS) dispatch center reporting a possible drowning. A 16-year-old Hispanic male from North Las Vegas died while swimming in the Government Wash area on the Nevada side of Lake Mead.
Park Rangers were told the victim and a friend were swimming out to an island. His friend began having difficulty and called for help. Two additional young men in their party swam out to help the friend in trouble. While they reached the friend safely, the victim began to have trouble and went under the water and did not resurface
Park rangers searched the area last night for several hours and were not able to recover the victim. The NPS dive team is attempting to recover his body this morning.
Rangers want to remind all park visitors that the lake is not a backyard swimming pool. When swimming in a pool and you become tired or distressed, you can grab onto the side. You have nothing to grab onto while swimming in the lake. We have had many drowning over the years because swimmers misjudge the distance to an island or overestimate their swimming ability. Rangers are once again reminding all visitors to wear life jackets while at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
This is the sixth fatality, (second drowning) at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this year. At this same time in 2005, the NPS reported five fatalities had occurred during the same period (January – May 14) that year. Of those, one of the fatalities was a drowning. In 2005, there was a total of 25 fatalities (six drownings).
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service.
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