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Construction on Lake Mead launch ramps to begin in May
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BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service says construction to extend Lake Mead launch ramps will begin in mid-May.

The Bureau of Reclamation is projecting Lake Mead's elevation will decline to a record low 1,073 feet by the end of June. Officials say to maintain access to the lake, the launch ramps will be extended this summer.

“With nearly 7 million annual visitors, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of America's most popular recreation destinations. We are committed to maintaining lake access at all of our open launch ramps,” said Patrick Gubbins, acting superintendent.

During construction portions of the launch ramps will be closed, so crews can pour new concrete. Officials say at least one lane will remain open at all locations.

Officials say the best launch ramps for deep water launching are Echo Bay, Callville Bay and Boulder Harbor. While Hemenway Harbor, Temple Bar and South Cove are better for launching smaller boats.

Updated launch ramp conditions will be posted online at the National Park Service website.

Construction should be completed by July 31.

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