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Lake Mead NRA experiences two more drownings

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Date: August 4, 2023

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BOULDER CITY, Nev. – As the summer enters the home stretch going into August, officials remind visitors to continue to keep safety in mind while in the recreation area. Over the past weekend, Lake Mead National Recreation Area had two more fatalities in the park.

There were also several close calls with boaters being caught off-guard as monsoon winds swept in unexpectedly and created hazardous conditions on the water. As well, there are ongoing instances where swimmers with pool toys and paddleboards are blown from designated swimming areas out into the lake by the strong winds.

“Two more people drowned at Lake Mead NRA – that’s 19 fatalities this year, a sad trend we want to change,” said Acting Superintendent Mike Gauthier. “We are still seeing multiple incidents and accidents, both on the land and on the water.

"Lifejackets save lives and pool toys are prohibited and dangerous when the wind carries swimmers away or when they pop or quickly deflate. Every day we see unsafe boating practices, drinking and driving, and heat-related illness, among others. It’s also monsoon season, which means unpredictable rain and wind.

Monsoons come with little or no warning and present dangerous conditions in the park. It’s important to be prepared for weather and other hazards by planning ahead for your visit, staying up to date on latest weather conditions throughout the day, and checking out the Lake Mead website for park-specific information.

“We want all of our visitors to have a rewarding, positive experience at Lake Mead NRA,” said Gauthier, “and we really want everyone to make it home safely.”

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area, just minutes from Las Vegas, offers Joshua trees, slot canyons and night skies illuminated by the Milky Way. The park’s rocks are as red as fire and the mountains are purple majesties. Lake Mead is the country’s first and largest national recreation area and one of the most visited national parks in the country. Follow us at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Last updated: August 4, 2023

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