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Junior Ranger Day This Weekend at Lake Mead

Junior Ranger Day This Weekend at Lake Mead

 

Saturday is Junior Ranger Day at Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Boulder Beach picnic area. Park entrance fees will be waived for those attending the event.

Dozens of kids will be sworn in as Junior Park Rangers after exploring stations that teach them what it takes to work for the National Park Service. 

Before earning their badges, children will have the opportunity to operate a fire hose, explore law enforcement vehicles, touch live reptiles, learn about water safety, play in the dirt and discover artifacts.

K-9 demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Kids will also get to meet Smokey Bear, Mojave Max, Coastie the talking robot boat, the City of Henderson’s Rad Tad and Charlotte, this year’s Junior Bark Ranger.

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.

Vandalism Forces Closure of Boulder Beach Fishing Pier

Vandalism Forces Closure of Boulder Beach Fishing Pier

 

A popular fishing spot at Lake Mead is closed after vandals caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.

The fishing pier at Boulder Beach will be temporarily closed while crews from the National Park Service make repairs to a rail that is missing and a hole in the deck caused by a hot barbecue grill grate.

Damages are estimated at about $6,000. Park employees hope to have the repairs done, and the pier returned to the water before Memorial Day.

The piers at Willow Beach and Katherine Landing are still open. Fishing is also allowed from the shore and from boats.

 

Park Officials Warn Lake Mead Visitors of Recent Thefts

Park Officials Warn Lake Mead Visitors of Recent Thefts

 

A rash of recent car burglaries near popular Lake Mead hiking trails is prompting National Park Service officials to warn visitors about securing their valuables.

Park rangers currently are investigating a dozen incidents in the past 30 days.

“Criminals are breaking windows and removing valuables left in plain sight, as well as glove boxes and consoles,” said Adam Kelsey, deputy chief ranger.

In the past 30 days, six break-ins were reported at the Gold Strike Canyon Trailhead parking lot, which is located two miles west of the Hoover Dam off Highway 93 in Boulder City.

Incidents also were reported at other locations: two at the White Rock Canyon Trailhead parking lot, two at the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail parking lot, one at the Alan Bible Visitor Center parking lot and one at Kingman Wash.