• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV


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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?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.