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 »
Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed
A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning Aug. 1. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »
Summer Fire Rules in Effect
Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »
Fatality: Twenty year old male presumed drowned at Placer Cove
Contact: Randy Lavasseur, 702-423-2596
National Park Service
LAS VEGAS - On July 18, 2012, at approximately 4:05 pm, The Interagency Communication Center received a 911 call reference a twenty year old male who was swimming in the waters of Lake Mojave near Placer Cove, within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The male was found underwater and pulled to shore by bystanders.
Bystanders found the male not breathing and he did not have a pulse. They began CPR and called 911. Park Rangers arrived on scene and began providing advanced emergency medical care. Despite the efforts of bystanders and National Park Service personnel the male did not survive. He was not wearing a personal flotation device. Park Rangers are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the presumed drowning.
Place Cove is a heavily populated area of the park with a lot of shore line recreation. The National Park Service advises wearing a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device anytime while recreating in the water regardless of the waters depth.
Did You Know?
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.