Special Diving Restriction Extended on Lake Mead 4-07
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 21, 2008:
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.
Trial Period to Allow Permitted Diving Spring 2007The National Park Service, its partners and members of the local dive community are finalizing a site stewardship plan. The NPS plans on initiating a trial period in the Spring 2007 that would allow qualified technical divers (with permitted escorts) to dive the site. More information will be available when the plan is finalized this Spring. If divers have questions about the status of the plan, they can email Park Ranger Marc Burt at e-mail us.
Link to B-29 page
Did You Know?
In October 1857, a caravan of 28 camels crossed the Colorado River below present Bullhead City, AZ. Lieutenant Edward F. Beale was testing camels for desert travel for the War Department.