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Park Service Looking for New Fuel Provider at Echo Bay

Park Service Looking for New Fuel Provider at Echo Bay

 

The National Park Service seeks a new operator for water-based fuel services at Echo Bay.

The previous water-based fuel station closed Feb. 1 when the temporary contract under which it was operating expired. Park officials hope to restore this service before the busy summer season because the closest alternative water-based fuel is now 30 miles away at Callville Bay. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. May 15.

To view more details about the opportunity, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/parkmgmt/businesswithpark.htm.  

All applications must be received by the Concession Management Office, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, no later than 3 p.m. PST May 15.

Your Chance to Run the Tour Operation at Lake Mead

Your Chance to Run the Tour Operation at Lake Mead

 

Anyone interested in becoming a tour operator at Lake Mead can apply for the 10-year contract that begins in October.

The National Park Service is soliciting for proposals to operate sightseeing boat tours and other related services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The current Lake Mead Cruises concession contract, which expires Sept. 30, includes operation of the Desert Princess paddlewheel tour boat and the Lake Mead Cruises landing at Hemenway Harbor. The new concessioner will provide sightseeing tours and related services in the Boulder Basin/Hoover Dam area of Lake Mead.

Lake Mead a Top 10 National Draw

Lake Mead a Top 10 National Draw

 

Southern Nevada’s man-made oasis ranks among the nation’s top draws for outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area ranks among the top ten sites in the National Park Service in terms of visitation, visitor spending and visitor-related jobs.

The National Park Service announced recently that the recreation area was the fifth most-visited site in 2012 with 6.2 million visitors. NPS also announced that in 2011, Lake Mead NRA visitors spent $246 million in nearby communities, which supported an estimated 2,965 local jobs.

In addition to the recreational visitors, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, about 4.5 million vehicles traveled through the park on U.S. Highway 93 in 2012.

New Hours at Renovated Lake Mead Visitor Center

New Hours at Renovated Lake Mead Visitor Center

 

The Lake Mead visitor center will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays as part of a new schedule, according to the National Park Service.

Starting April 8, the newly renovated Alan Bible Visitor Center at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which reopened Feb. 15, will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Although the main visitor center will be closed two days a week, visitors will still be able to receive park information at park entrance stations and at the information center at park headquarters at 601 Nevada Way in Boulder City. The information center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Visitor information is also available online at www.nps.gov/lake or by phone at  293-8990.

Public Meetings to be Held on Lake Mohave's Future

Public Meetings to be Held on Lake Mohave's Future

 

The future of Lake Mohave will be the subject of a series of upcoming public meetings hosted by the National Park Service.

Meeting will be held April 9-11 to present alternatives to the Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing Development Concept Plans/Environmental Impact Statement at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations:

Park Service Assessment Needs Public Input

Park Service Assessment Needs Public Input

 

Public input is needed on a potential National Park Service project related to the Las Vegas Wash.

The National Park Service completed an environmental assessment related to the lower end of Las Vegas Wash which analyzed a proposal to regulate flows and reduce erosion in the wash.

The assessment describes two alternatives:

  • Under the first option, no action would be taken.
  • Under the second option, up to six new grade control structures would be built downstream from the existing ones. They would be built as necessary, with the need depending significantly on future water levels at Lake Mead, which influence the rate of degradation in the wash.

Nevada Park Visitors Spend Millions on Visits

Nevada Park Visitors Spend Millions on Visits

 

Nearly five million visitors to Nevada’s two national parks spent $190 million in surrounding communities in 2011, according to a national study conducted by Michigan State University.

Per the report, this spending supported 2,377 jobs across the state. Great Basin National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are included in the study.

To download the report – which provides park-by-park information – visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2011.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11 percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)