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Callville Bay Launch Ramp Opening Delayed by Weather

Callville Bay Launch Ramp Opening Delayed by Weather

Improvements to the Callville Bay launch ramp have been delayed by a few weeks because of the weather.

A project to demolish, remove and then replace the launch ramp at the popular boating spot started in August.

According to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the project was delayed by the thunderstorms that rolled through southern Nevada in the last few weeks of August.

Recreation area officials also decided to add to the project, including extending a sidewalk and adding striping.

When finished, the launch ramp will have a v-grooved reinforced concrete for better traction and drainage. 

The timeline for the launch to be finished is now set for mid-October, park officials said. 

Big Money: Bass Fishing Contest Lures Top Anglers to Lake Mead

Lake Mead hosted some of the top fishermen from around the world this week in one of the largest and most prestigious bass fishing contests.

When it comes to bass fishing bragging rights and prize money in the Western U.S., it didn’t get any bigger or lucrative than this week’s competition on Lake Mead outside Las Vegas.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Already the primary sponsor of the marathon in Las Vegas, Zappos is jumping behind another major outdoor athletic event.

Zappos will be the platinum title sponsor of RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello Sponsored by Zappos.com, a cycling event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, is expected to attract between 2,500-3,500 cyclists. Proceeds from the ride will benefit four local charities: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Communities in Schools of Nevada and Nevada Child Seekers.

Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

A film chronicling a variety of aspects of Lake Mead National Recreation Area recently received the Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award

The film, “LIFE IN THE DESERT: LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA” describes the sacredness of park lands to Native Americans through a local tribe member, and also uses unscripted interviews with park visitors as they enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming and boating. 

The 21-minute film is shown daily at the Lake Mead Visitor Center.

For a complete list of Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle recipients, go to http://www.cine.org/spring-2013-cine-golden-eagle-award-recipients/

Campground Renovation Beginning at Lake Mead

Improvements to the Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will close a handful of campsites.

Renovation is beginning near the first loop of the campground, near sites 1-7 and 59-85. Native trees and shrubs, as well as a drip irrigation system, will be installed. Park officials say the purpose is to promote water conservation and provide shade, privacy and windbreak.

The remainder of the loop and campground will remain open during the $200,000 renovation, funded by the sale of federal lands in southern Nevada.

Alternate Launch Ramp in Use at Lake Mead

Alternate Launch Ramp in Use at Lake Mead

Lake Mead officials are asking boaters to utilize an alternative launch ramp.

Because of a narrow channel near the main launch ramp at Echo Bay, officials request boaters use the low-water launch ramp.

The main launch ramp is still open, but navigation is difficult because docks and anchors from the former marina have shifted with changing water levels, creating a very narrow channel. Boaters who launch from the low-water area will have an easier time navigating into the Overton Arm.

The courtesy dock at the main ramp has been relocated to the low-water area for boater safety and convenience.

Lake Mead Ends Swim Ban after Testing Mystery Foam

Lake Mead Ends Swim Ban after Testing Mystery Foam

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say they're welcoming swimmers back to the Overton Arm at Lake Mead after finding no dangerous toxins in the water.

Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Wednesday that officials still haven't determined the exact cause of the foamy substance that prompted their no-swim advisory over the weekend.

But she said the water temperature and pH levels were normal, and no toxic algae was found. Officials said the brown foam extending about eight miles from the mouth of Virgin River to Echo Bay may have come from proteins released by dead algae.

Authorities also became concerned over the weekend when they spotted dozens of dead carp in the area.

Vanover said the cause of the fish die-off isn't clear, but noted that no more mass fish deaths have been seen since.