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Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Visitors will be able to get into the Lake Mead Recreation Area without paying the normal entrance fee Aug. 25 to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Beside free entrance, birthday cake will be served at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m. The visitor center has a botanical garden, featuring plants native to the Mojave Desert. There is also a relief map of the park and exhibits giving out park information.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the first national park. The park service was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on Aug. 25, 1916. By that time, 37 national parks were already established in the United States.

Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country. Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964. 

Selfie scavenger hunt at Lake Mead

Selfie scavenger hunt at Lake Mead

Lake Mead has a challenge for you: Can you take a selfie at all 10 hot spots at the Mead and the Mohave districts?

The Lake Mead Recreational Area has launched a Take a Selfie Scavenger Hunt to encourage people to visit five distinct areas around Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, then document and share.

All people have to do is take a picture at one of the following areas:

In the Mead district:

  • Hoover Dam, from the lake
  • Lake Mead Overlook
  • Redstone Picnic Area
  • The Temple
  • The Narrows

In the Mohave district:

  • Princess Cove
  • Nelson Landing
  • Cottonwood Cove Campgrounds
  • Willow Beach Fishing Pier
  • Nevada Telephone Cove

Once you've snapped a pic, share it using the hastag #meadselfie and #mohaveselfie on your favorite social media site.

Series of Hikes Planned for Lake Mead Area

Series of Hikes Planned for Lake Mead Area

A series of hikes are planned for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area next week.

Park service rangers will be conducting four hikes starting Sunday. The first will be March 16 at the Historic Railroad Trail rangers will show hikers how people used the landscape to build Hoover Dam and create the lake.

The second is also March 16, but the route will be through White Rock Canyon. During this hike, hikers will march down a wash to the Colorado River.

On March 17, hikers will be lead through the Redstone area to see the contrast between the red stone outcrops from the Jurassic period with the limestone mountains.

The final hike will be March 18 through the Pinto Valley Wilderness where hikers will get a look at striking washes and remnants of Old Arrowhead Highway.

All the hikes will focus on the unique features of each area, showing hikers how the forces of nature have shaped the landscape.

Lake Mead Welcomed 6.3 Million Visitors Last Year

Lake Mead Welcomed 6.3 Million Visitors Last Year

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area welcomed 6.3 million visitors last year making it the sixth most visited national park, according to the National Park Service.

The most popular part of the park continues to be Boulder Basin with 1.6 million visitors going to the area by using U.S. Highway 93 in Boulder City. The park service says 1.2 million accessed the park through Lakeshore Road near Lake Las Vegas.

The park service says despite the 16-day government shutdown, which forced the park to close its doors, the number of visitors increased by 60,000 over last year.

This is the 75th year that Lake Mead has been ranked among the top 10 most visited sites. Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the most visited site. 

Park Service Removing Invasive Plant

Park Service Removing Invasive Plant

A group of volunteers will be out at Lake Mead Saturday to pull an invasive species from the shores of the lake.

National Park Services rangers will take volunteers from Callville Bay Marina to Sandy Cove to help pull Sahara mustard. The invasive plant pushes out native plants, by removing them, native species can thrive.

During the event, rangers will show people how to spot and pull the unwanted plant.

The event is limited to 12 volunteers. To see if there are spaces available, call (702) 293-8711.  

Lake Mead Waiving Fees for Presidents Day

Lake Mead Waiving Fees for Presidents Day

Lake Mead Recreational Area will be waiving entrance fees this weekend for Presidents Day.

The fees will only be waived for entrance to the park. Fees for camping, lake use or concessions will still apply.

As part of the free entrance day, the Alan Bible Visitor Center and the Western National Parks Association Bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount on regularly priced items for one item per purchase. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, will also waive entrance fees. 

Wetland Trails Closing for Several Months Starting Monday

Wetland Trails Closing for Several Months Starting Monday

Portions of Wetland Trail at Lake Mead will be closed for several months starting Monday while crews make changes to the Las Vegas Wash.

According to National Park Service, the trail will be closed from Feb. 10 through June 30. The trailhead and parking area on Northshore Road will be closed to access for hiking, biking and other recreational uses.

Crews will be constructing a new grade control structure that will reduce erosion in the Las Vegas Wash and protect the stability of a bridge.

The structure will also stop sediment from moving from the wash into the lake and into the Lake Las Vegas Dam.

Money for the project is coming from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.