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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 30, 2014
MEDIA RAFT TRIP ALONG AMERICA’S NEWEST NATIONAL WATER TRAIL, JULY 3
Raft down the Black Canyon Water Trail from the base of the Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. The journey will travel about 12 miles through steep canyons and alongside wilderness areas popular for wildlife. The group will pass active hot springs and historic areas associated with the construction of and research connected to Hoover Dam including the sauna cave, gauging stations, catwalks, trails and historic building foundations.

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 28, 2014
LAKE MOHAVE MARINA CONTRACT OPEN FOR BID
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service has issued a prospectus soliciting for proposals in response to a 15-year business opportunity to operate a full-service marina at Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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.

February 22, 2014
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR 2 MISSING BOATERS
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The search for two missing Las Vegas men continues at Lake Mead Feb. 22.

February 21, 2014
SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING BOATERS
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Officials have recovered an adult male and are searching for two others at Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Echo Bay.

January 31, 2014
600 MORE SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED AT LAKE MEAD NRA
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead National Recreation Area continues to “Go Green” with the addition of photovoltaic systems that not only ensure conservative energy, but also provide shade to government vehicles.

January 27, 2014
132 BALD EAGLES SPOTTED DURING LAKE MEAD NRA ANNUAL SURVEY
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Volunteers and biologists spotted 132 bald eagles as eight survey boats traced the shorelines of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave searching for raptor species.

January 21, 2014
PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF LAKE MEAD NRA WILDERNESS
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service is holding three public meetings Feb. 11, 12 and 13 to present preliminary alternatives to the Wilderness Management Plan at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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