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Park Service Holds Public Meetings on Lake Mead Recreation

Park Service Holds Public Meetings on Lake Mead Recreation

 

Concerns raised by Native Americans and outdoor enthusiasts over recreation activities in wilderness areas have prompted the National Park Service to seek public input.

Meetings will take place March 18, 19 and 21 to present alternatives and options for wilderness areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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

  • March 18: Mohave Community College, Room 2, 3400 Arizona 95, Bullhead City, Ariz.
  • March 19: Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd., Boulder City
  • March 21: James Gibson Library, 100 W Lake Mead Pkwy., Henderson

The park service and Bureau of Land Management revised the wilderness management plan/environmental impact statement to address concerns from American Indian tribes and climbers regarding the use of the Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon wilderness areas.

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

 

Registration recently opened for one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year, set for September 2013.

The sixth annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will offer routes for all skill levels, including a 103-mile Gran Fondo, a 60-mile Metric Century, and a 17-mile ride. All routes will begin on the Strip, and the longer routes will ring the valley, taking riders into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and near Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

“We envision making Viva Bike Vegas the ultimate one-day cycling experience on the West Coast,” said Fausto Pinarello, president of Pinarello cycling, the bicycle manufacturer and official sponsor of Viva Bike Vegas.

Lift Ticket Specials for Service Workers in March

Lift Ticket Specials for Service Workers in March

 

If you serve the public in some way in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort will give you a deal at some point in March.

The resort will offer a two-for-one lift ticket special to various service workers throughout the month, beginning with public service workers.

The schedule is as follows:

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.)

Plenty of Opportunities for Fun in Lake Mead Area

A number of recreation and sporting events will take place in the Lake Mead area over the next month.

Walk Cottonwood Springs

An easy, family-friendly guided two-mile walk through Cottonwood Springs February 23. Call 293-8990 to register or for more information. Reservations are required and dogs are not permitted.

Hike Liberty Bell Arch

A chance to walk a narrow wash through ancient river beds past the remains of a World War II-era mine on a moderate guided six-mile hike February 23. On the way to Black Canyon, view a natural arch created by wind and water. Call 293-8990 to register or for more information. Reservations are required and dogs are not permitted.

Hike White Owl Canyon

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.”

Lake Mead Hikes Available Over the Holidays

Lake Mead Hikes Available Over the Holidays

 

With many people having time off during the holidays, it could be the perfect time to enjoy a hike at Lake Mead Recreational Area.

The park service is offering a number of guided hikes starting December 22. The hikes range from challenging to easy.

The guides will point out the amazing geology of the cliffs and canyons. They will also show hikers the plants and animals that call the area home. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars to catch glimpses of bighorn sheep and birds of prey.

For a list of hikes, their destinations and the phone number to register, go to nps.gov/lake.