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  • I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY

    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »

  • 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 »

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September 18, 2014
UPCOMING EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA SEPT 21 – NOV 11
BOULDER CITY, NEV. –The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Sept. 21 through Nov. 11.

September 12, 2014
I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14.

September 10, 2014
PASSENGER VEHICLES, SELECT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AUTHORIZED TO DETOUR 1-15 CLOSURE THROUGH LAKE MEAD
Lake Mead National Recreational Area is allowing all non-commercial vehicles (including RVs) and commercial vehicles with deliveries to or from the Moapa Valley and Mesquite regions to enter the park in Boulder City, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Overton, Nevada, without paying an entrance fee, until further notice.

September 09, 2014
LAKE MEAD TEMPORARILY WAIVES ENTRANCE FEES TO ACCOMMODATE I-15 CLOSURE
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Department of Transportation has reported that Interstate 15 is closed in both directions from mile marker 64 to 112 north of Las Vegas between Glendale and Mesquite in Clark County Nevada due to flooding.

September 05, 2014
SOUTHERN NEVADA FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
LAS VEGAS - Wildland fire officials will lift seasonal fire restrictions on public lands in Southern Nevada managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service on Sept. 6.

September 03, 2014
LMI OFFERING FREE 2-CREDIT HOUR TEACHER WORKSHOP
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead National Recreation will become a living classroom in September through the Lake Mead Institute’s Professional Development Series teacher workshop, Climate Change in the Desert Southwest. The workshop is offered as a two-credit graduate course through the Regional Professional Development Program.

September 02, 2014
UPCOMING EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA SEPT 6 – NOV 11
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Sept. 6 through Nov. 11.

August 28, 2014
NPS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED ENGINEERING EVALUATION FOR FOUR FORMER FIRING RANGE SITES
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an engineering evaluation/cost analysis report for four former firing ranges within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

August 27, 2014
ELDORADO CANYON ROAD OPEN FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Eldorado Canyon Road, which leads to Nelson’s Landing on Lake Mohave, will re-open temporarily for Labor Day weekend. However, additional closures will occur over the next two months for full repairs.

August 27, 2014
GOLDSTRIKE CANYON, ARIZONA HOT SPRING TRAILS TO REOPEN SEP 12
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails, which were temporarily closed Aug. 1, will reopen Sept. 12.

August 26, 2014
BODY RECOVERED AT LAKE MOHAVE, AUG 24
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A body has been recovered near Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave in an area where a man went missing Aug. 16.

August 22, 2014
FREE ADMISSION TO LAKE MEAD NRA AUG 25, CELEBRATE NPS' 98th BIRTHDAY
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $10 Aug. 25. Birthday cake will also be available at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m.

August 20, 2014
ROAD CLOSED, TRESPASSERS CITED
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Park Service closed Eldorado Canyon Road Aug. 4 due to major storm damage. Visitors who choose to violate the closure, may be cited, fined and could face up to six months in jail.

August 19, 2014
NPS RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RELATED TO BOULDER CITY BYPASS PROJECT
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment for a proposed Utility Line Relocation and Temporary Water Line for Boulder City Bypass Project at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

August 18, 2014
SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CALIFORNIA MAN
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – National Park Service rangers are searching for a missing 31-year-old Southern California man who was last seen in the water near Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave.

August 13, 2014
KIWANIS CLUB DONATES LIFE JACKETS
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – In an effort to promote safety at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, the Colorado River Kiwanis Club in Bullhead City, Arizona, donated 168 life jackets to the National Park Service earlier this year.

August 13, 2014
UPCOMING EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AUG 13 – NOV 11
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 13 through Nov. 11.

August 11, 2014
1 DEAD IN POSSIBLE DROWNING AT LAKE MOHAVE
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A 79-year-old Riverside, California, man was recovered from the waters of Lake Mohave near Paiute Cove Aug 10.

August 04, 2014
TWO BODIES RECOVERED AT LAKES MEAD, MOHAVE
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Two bodies have been recovered at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in areas where two men went missing July 20.

August 04, 2014
HEAVY RAINS CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURES, MORE STORMS EXPECTED
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Three roads are closed within Lake Mead National Recreation Area due to recent flash floods, and more storms are expected Monday afternoon.

July 23, 2014
1 MISSING SWIMMER RECOVERED FROM LAKE MEAD
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who went missing July 22 was recovered from Lake Mead around 8 p.m. July 23.

July 23, 2014
LAKE MEAD NRA VISITORS SPENT $260 MILLION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN 2013
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A new National Park Service report shows that, in 2013, Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitors spent $260 million in communities within 60 miles of the park, an $8 million increase compared to 2012.

July 17, 2014
LAKE MEAD NRA WELCOMES NEW DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT
From law enforcement, to scientific research, all the way to public administration, Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s new Deputy Superintendent, Patrick Gubbins, comes to the park with a wealth of experience.

July 08, 2014
AFTERNOON STORM LEADS TO MULTIPLE RESCUES AT LAKE MEAD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – National Park Service park rangers and other first responders conducted multiple search and rescues at Lake Mead July 8 after a thunderstorm formed over the Boulder Basin.

July 03, 2014
FOURTH OF JULY CONDITIONS, EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Park rangers are anticipating more than 100,000 visitors at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this 4th of July weekend. Here are the latest launch ramp conditions, safety tips and weekend events.

July 03, 2014
MISSING LAS VEGAS MAN RECOVERED FROM LAKE MEAD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A 36-year-old Las Vegas man who was reported missing at Callville Bay Marina has been found.

June 24, 2014
INTERIOR DESIGNATES SOUTHWEST’S FIRST NATIONAL WATER TRAIL
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has designated a portion of the Lower Colorado River that flows through Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a National Water Trail.

June 23, 2014
UPDATE: NORTHSHORE ROAD NOW OPEN
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Northshore Road within Lake Mead National Recreation Area is now open. It was closed for nearly six hours near mile marker 2 due to a fatal motor vehicle accident.

June 23, 2014
WETLANDS TRAIL TRAILHEAD CLOSURE EXTENDED TO OCT 31
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Portions of the Wetlands Trail in Lake Mead National Recreation Area will remain closed until Oct. 31 for the continued construction of a new grade control structure in the Lower Las Vegas Wash.

June 23, 2014
NORTHSHORE ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED AFTER FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Northshore Road is temporarily closed between Lakeshore Road and Lake Mead Boulevard within Lake Mead National Recreation Area due to a fatal motor vehicle accident. The road is expected to remain closed for most of the afternoon.

June 16, 2014
BULLHEAD CITY MAN PRESUMED DROWNED AT LAKE MOHAVE
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A 37-year-old Bullhead City, Arizona, man died after swimming at Cabinsite Cove on Lake Mohave June 15.

June 12, 2014
SMALL PLANE INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT AT LAKE MEAD NRA
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a call at 8:57 p.m. June 12, reporting that a plane had crashed near Echo Bay Airport within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

May 23, 2014
LAKE CONDITIONS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – An advisory is in effect for launch conditions at Lake Mead this Memorial Day because of lowering water levels. As of May 23, the elevation of Lake Mead was around 1,089 feet.

May 22, 2014
BODY RECOVERED AT LAKE MEAD, MAY 22
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – At 9:50 a.m., park rangers located a body south of Castle Reef at Lake Mead that is presumed to be the 45-year-old Henderson, Nevada, man who went missing May 10.

May 19, 2014
1 DEAD, MORE THAN 15 RESCUED AT LAKE MEAD NRA SUNDAY
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – One individual was killed and more than 15 people were rescued in separate incidents at Lake Mead National Recreation Area May 18.

May 16, 2014
SUMMER FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA
LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service implemented fire restrictions in Southern Nevada May 16.

May 16, 2014
NOTICE TO MARINERS, RAMP CLOSURE
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – One of Echo Bay’s two launch ramps on Lake Mead has been temporarily closed due to low water. The main launch ramp was closed May 16. The low-water launch ramp remains open.

May 14, 2014
LAKE MOHAVE MARINA CONTRACT SOLICITATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service has extended the closing date for proposals to operate the full-service marina at Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave within Lake Mead National Recreation Area to July 8.

May 14, 2014
NPS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED LOW WATER AMENDMENT TO LAKE MEAD GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials are completing a new planning initiative so decisions are in place regarding the suitability of the continued use of existing Lake Mead marinas, launch ramps and other visitor facilities, should water levels decrease below 1,050 feet.

May 13, 2014
AGENCIES OPEN NO-COST AIS REMOVAL STATIONS
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Department of Wildlife and the National Park Service have teamed up to provide boaters with a lakeside option for removing aquatic invasive species, such as quagga mussels from their vessels. This no-cost service includes both a vessel inspection and a hot-water wash, and is made possible by financial grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

May 13, 2014
NOTICE TO LAKE MEAD MARINERS
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Two launch ramps have opened and changes have been made to Aids to Navigation on Lake Mead.

May 12, 2014
SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING HENDERSON MAN
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service is searching for a 45-year-old Henderson, Nevada, man who was last seen in the water near Castle Reef in the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead May 10.

May 09, 2014
LAKE MEAD LAUNCHES SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Have you been to Lake Mead or Lake Mohave? Prove it. Go and take a selfie.

May 06, 2014
COUNTY COMMISSION RECOGNIZES LAKE MEAD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, PROMOTES MAY 17 SUMMER KICK-OFF
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Clark County Board of Commissioners recognized Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s 50th anniversary and National Safe Boating Week with a proclamation presentation at the commission meeting in Las Vegas May 6.

April 30, 2014
NPS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED PERMIT TO FACILITATE BOULDER CITY BYPASS CONSTRUCTION
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is seeking a special use permit from the National Park Service to facilitate construction of the Boulder City Bypass.

April 30, 2014
FIRST FRIDAY KIDSZONE TO INCLUDE HANDS-ON OUTER SPACE ACTIVITIES MAY 2
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – First Friday in downtown Las Vegas will be “out of this world” as park rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area teach kids about outer space at the KidsZone from 5 to 9 p.m. May 2.

April 11, 2014
LAKE MEAD CLOSURE LIFTED IN TIME FOR CLARK COUNTY FAIR
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The temporary closure on the west side of the Overton Arm at Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been lifted. Lands near St. Thomas and Stewarts Point are now open in time for the Clark County Fair and Rodeo.

April 05, 2014
Cattle Removal Begins Today in Southern Nevada
Las Vegas – As provided in two Federal District Court orders, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office and National Park Service (NPS) Lake Mead National Recreation Area today will begin removing cattle that have been grazing illegally on public land in Clark County for more than 20 years.

March 11, 2014
LAKE MEAD WELCOMES 6.3 MILLION VISITORS IN 2013
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – With 6.3 million visitors, Lake Mead National Recreation Area was the sixth most visited site in the National Park Service in 2013, according to figures released by the NPS March 10.

March 03, 2014
LAKE MEAD NRA VISITORS SPENT $252 MILLION IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN 2012
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A new National Park Service report shows that, in 2012, more than six million Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitors spent $252 million in communities within 60 miles of the park, which supported 2,840 local jobs.

Did You Know?

A flowering Mohave Yucca

The Native Americans utilized the many resources the Mojave Desert offered. The Mojave yucca provided materials for mats, sandals, nets, baskets, and rope. Its cucumber-like fruit was an important food source in the spring.