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Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities
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Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

A new National Park Service report shows just how much Lake Mead has helped nearby communities last year.

According to the report, in 2013, visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area spent $260 million in communities with 60 miles of the park, which is an $8 million increase over the year before.

The recreation area ranked among the top 10 in visitor spending out of all 401 parks under the National Park Service’s control.

“This is impressive news for our local communities. It shows that despite lowering lake levels and a 16-day government shutdown, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, continues to be a premier recreation destination and a critical economic engine for our gateway communities and partners,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent.

Lake Mead supports approximately 2,900 jobs locally. The biggest expenditures were on lodging, followed by food and beverages, gas and oil and admissions and fees.

Top 10: Visitor Spending in Units of the National Park System (2013)

  • Blue Ridge Parkway: $782 million
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: $734 million
  • Denali National Park and Preserve: $513 million
  • Grand Canyon National Park: $476 million
  • Grand Teton National Park: $462 million
  • Yellowstone National Park: $381 million
  • Yosemite National Park: $373 million
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area: $335 million
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area: $260 million
  • Olympic National Park: $245 million 

Nationwide, the report shows 273.6 million national park visitors spent $14.6 billion in nearby communities. 

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