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    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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Special Diving Restriction Extended on Lake Mead

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Date: January 27, 2006
Contact: Roxanne Dey, (702) 293-8947

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent William K. Dickinson announced the extension of the diving restriction of the portion of the Lower Overton Arm until January 20, 2007:

           Northern Boundary-North 36 degrees 15 minutes (located near the Overton Islands)
Southern Boundary-North 36 degrees 10 minutes (located near Middle Point)

This area remains closed to SCUBA and all forms or underwater diving unless a permit has been issued by the Chief Ranger’s Office.

The restriction is necessary to protect a sensitive archaeological resource, the submerged B-29 aircraft, while the National Park Service completes a resource protection plan for the area. The B-29, and the site upon which it rests, are managed by the National Park Service under the National Historic Preservation Act. Permits for scuba diving in this area may be obtained by contacting the Chief Ranger’s Office at 702.293.8908. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The National Park Service, working with its concession partners and members of the local dive community, are working on a site stewardship plan. Once the plan is completed and approved, the diving restrictions will be lifted.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

Geometric Petroglyphs on rocks

As early as 3,000 years ago, people inhabiting the Southwest began chiseling and painting pictures on rocks and cliff walls. Preserved by the dry climate, much of this rock art ranging from complicated geometric designs to huge figures, remains to puzzle, astonish, and awe modern-day viewers.