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, through Sept. 11. 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 »
UTAH MAN DIES IN SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENT
National Park Service
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Xavier Fleuranceau, a 48-year-old Utah man, died Sept. 29 of unknown causes while scuba diving in the Black Canyon area of Lake Mead.
At 12:47 p.m. Sept. 29, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a marine band radio distress call, reporting a diver floating face down in the water.
National Park Service Rangers and the Nevada Department of Wildlife responded to the scene and started CPR but were unable to resuscitate the diver. Paramedics declared Fleuranceau dead at 1:46 p.m.
According to witnesses, Fleuranceau was a mixed gas dive instructor who was diving with a group at depths around 350 feet when he ran out of air. His dive partner shared a spare tank as the two began to ascend. At some point, Fleuranceau separated from the safety line and performed a free ascent without gas. The other divers ascended using normal decompression without incident.
National Park Service Rangers are handling the investigation, and the dive equipment is being inspected. The Clark County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy.
Did You Know?
Hoover Dam was the first major dam to span the wild Colorado River. One hundred twelve workers died before it was finished in 1935.