Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Yes, the water level at this man made reservoir is at record lows. Yes, the so-called bathtub ring around the edge of the lake is a troubling reminder of how the West is drying up. It’s all very dire and scary, but you know what? Lake Mead is still a wonder. It’s still full of enchanting slot canyons and remote beaches. It’s still a glorious place to rent a kayak or pontoon boat, check out the imposing facade of Hoover Dam and spend a day exploring the shoreline. Seven million people a year still pay Lake Mead a visit, and for good reason.

By: Sarah Feldberg


Venue name: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Address: 601 Nevada Way
Boulder City
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