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Get Into Lake Mead for Free Saturday
Get Into Lake Mead for Free Saturday


Saturday will be a free day at Lake Mead, but you’re encouraged to give of your time.

Free entry will be offered in celebration of National Public Lands Day. The day began in 1994 and is part of an effort to improve and maintain public lands throughout the country.

“With one-third of America's land in public hands, National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity for volunteers of all ages to help sustain these lands,” said Robb Hampton, director of the public lands program of the National Environmental Education Foundation, which coordinates NPLD.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is hosting a volunteer clean-up at Government Wash to help clean up the area. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt and a coupon good for a free return visit to any participating federal land area (one coupon per family.) Coupons are available while supplies last.

To pre-register or for more information, contact assistant volunteer coordinator Bryan Goodwin at 293-8717 or Bryan_Goodwin@partner.nps.gov.

At the park headquarters, the Western National Parks Association Bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount on all bookstore items, such as books, postcards, T-shirts and other gifts. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, the bookstore is located at 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City.

This weekend, because of record rainfalls, visitors can witness a rare autumn bloom of Chinch Weed that is covering the desert floor with yellow flowers.

The next fee-free days in 2012 will be Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12. Fee-free days only apply to entrance fees. Fees for camping, lake use or use of concessions still apply.

For more information on National Public Lands Day, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For more information on recreational opportunities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/lake or call 293-8990.

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