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Date: July 7, 2011
Contact: Andrew S. Muñoz, (702) 293-8691

LAS VEGAS - The National Park Service has released visitor statistics for Fourth of July weekend. They encompass visitor use and incident statistics from Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4 throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes both lakes Mead and Mohave.

Park rangers responded to multiple boating accidents and disabled boats in the park as a result of thunderstorms on Sunday. Over 50 park visitors were rescued, saved and/or medically treated as a result of park ranger emergency response during the four day period.

Total Visitation: 107,906 visits

Visitation Highlights:
Boulder Beach Entrance (US-93 at Lakeshore Rd.) - 28,149
Lake Mead Pkwy. (from Henderson, Nev.) - 25,413
Lake Mead Blvd. (from North Las Vegas) - 8,210
Northshore Rd. (from Overton, Nev.) - 4,270
Cottonwood Cove Rd. (from Searchlight, Nev.) - 4,184
Temple Bar, Ariz. - 2,485
Meadview, Ariz. - 1,574
Willow Beach, Ariz - 4,716
Katherine Landing (from Bullhead City, Ariz.) - 19,463

Incidents/Emergency Response:
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) - 7
Boating Accidents without Injury - 10
Boating Accidents with Injury - 5
Traffic Citations - 60
Drug Citations - 11
Vessel Citations - 8
Alcohol Citation - 4
Violation Warnings - 100 
Boater Assists - 17
Agency Assists - 10
Arrests - 13
Medical Response - 12
Motor Vehicle Accident - 1
Fatalities - 0
Fires, Wildland - 2
Fires, Structural - 0

Major Water Search and Rescue Operations - 1 (Related to rescues and accidents associated with Sunday thunderstorm and wind activity)
Major Land Search and Rescue Operations - 1 (Multiple hikers requiring medical treatment for heat exhaustion on the White Rock Trail)

- NPS -

Did You Know?

Down River view of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric installation at the time of its construction, presented massive challenges to its designers and builders, yet the project was completed in less than five years! Hoover Dam backed up the waters of the Colorado River to create Lake Mead.