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Executives to Help Clean Up Lake Mead Area

Executives to Help Clean Up Lake Mead Area

 

The Lake Mead area will get some cleanup help from unusual sources next week.

More than 200 executives from around the world will help beautify the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on February 11.

Newell Rubbermaid will be promoting sustainability as its top executives help clean up the park’s newly renovated visitors center and native plant nursery. They will be sanding, painting, raking, cleaning, making plant bed frames and restoring aquatic plants and willow trees. The corporation will be in southern Nevada for an annual meeting.

Some Services Remain Open at Echo Bay

Some Services Remain Open at Echo Bay

 

Land-based services are still open at Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Echo Bay.

The services were supposed to end February 1 because the contract had run out. The park service announced a new contract with Forever Resorts was signed allowing the trailer park, RV site, land-based fuel, dry boat storage and administrative building to stay open.

The deal does not include the bay's marina docks and water-based fuel services. The launch ramp and courtesy dock are still open. Park officials hope to restore the water-based fuel sales but it could take a few month.

“Our goal is to have water-based fuel available at Echo Bay before the busy summer season,” said Dickinson. “In the meantime, people are reminded to know their boats’ limits. Fill up before you head out on the water and have a communication source like a marine-band radio, in case you need to call for help.”

Echo Bay Marina to Close February 1

Echo Bay Marina to Close February 1

 

Echo Bay Marina in the Lake Mead Recreation Area will be closing February 1 after the National Park Service received no bids to operate the marina.

The contract for the current operator, Forever Resorts, expires January 31. The group operates and maintains the 365-slip marina, fuel dock, small boat rental, dry-boat storage, trailer and RV park.

The park service offered up the 10-year contract for bids in October. Although there was some interest expressed, no one submitted a proposal.

A transition team has been established to help the nearly 100 boat owners that are paying for slips on a month-to-month basis find a place at other marinas on the lake.

“It is unfortunate that we have to ask people to leave the Echo Bay Marina after they have spent years vacationing here,” said Dickinson. “Our transition team looked into a variety of options to try to bring a concessioner to Echo Bay.”

Enhancement Project Starts at Boulder Beach

Enhancement Project Starts at Boulder Beach

 

A construction project is underway to enhance the Boulder Beach area at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The $1.2 million project includes several improvements to roads and facilities. A new boat wash station will be installed at Hemenway Harbor Road. The fish cleaning and comfort station along Hemenway Harbor Road will also get a new asphalt parking lot.

Horsepower Cove Road will be getting about 1,000 feet of new asphalt. Plus, Lakeview Overlook will have its parking lot rehabilitated, and a historic wall foundation will be reinforced.

The construction will force the Lakeview Overlook, which is off Nevada Highway 172 along the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail, to be closed December 7 through March 1. The trail will remain open, but there will be occasional temporary closures.

The entire Boulder Beach project is set to be finished in April.

Tour of Once Underwater Town Set for Saturday

Tour of Once Underwater Town Set for Saturday

 

A town that was underwater for years is now exposed and this weekend the Lake Mead National Recreation Area will be conducting tours of the historic town.

St. Thomas, Nevada was settled in 1865 by Mormon settlers. However, the town was swallowed by the waters of Lake Mead when Hoover Dam was created in the '30s. It sat underwater until the lake levels started to drop over the last several years.

To honor National Archaeology Day, which is Saturday, the recreation area will conduct a three-hour tour of the town's foundations and streets.

To register, call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990. Registration is limited to 20 people.

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.

Construction Closes Part of Trail Near Hoover Dam

Construction Closes Part of Trail Near Hoover Dam

 

Part of a historic trail near Hoover Dam will be closed for the next two weeks as part of a construction project.

National Park Service officials announced Thursday that a quarter-mile segment of the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail is closed until Sept. 29 so crews can reseal the Hoover Dam Parking Garage. Hikers will not be able to access the dam from the trail.

The 3.7-mile trail runs from Lakeshore Road to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage, and it is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or underwater.

The small portion of the trail near the garage was closed the evening of Sept. 12. The remainder of the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail is open.

For more details about the trail’s history and unique views along the route, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hikerr.htm.