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New Rules for Personal Watercraft Start with the New Year

New Rules for Personal Watercraft Start with the New Year


New rules for personal watercraft will go into effect at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave starting January 1.

No one may operate a personal watercraft within the park unless it meets emission standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006. Only personal watercraft that use direct-injection two-stroke or four-stroke engines will be allowed on the lakes. Boats are not subject to the new restrictions.

According to the EPA, the problem is fuel leakage. The rules hope to help keep the lake clean.

“Lake Mead supplies drinking water for millions of people in Las Vegas, and carbureted two-stroke engines have been shown to discharge as much as 30 percent of their fuel directly into lake waters,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent. “This pollution has the potential to harm water quality, people’s health and aquatic organisms.”

Low-Water Levels Force Launch Ramp Closures at Lake Mohave


Dropping water levels are forcing the Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials to close six launch ramps at Lake Mohave, at least temporarily.

The ramps closed Monday and will stay closed through November 7. The ramps at Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove will all be closed.

The marinas, fuel stations, stores, motels, campsites and picnic areas will stay open. People who have their boats slipped or moored at the launch sites will have access to the lake. Rafts, kayaks and canoes will also be allowed to launch, but some tour companies have changed their schedules.

“When water levels reach below 633 feet on Lake Mohave, we have to close our ramps for the safety of our boaters and infrastructure,” said Superintendent Bill Dickinson. “We apologize for the inconvenience during this pleasant fall boating season.”

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.

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

A massive cycling event will slow traffic in the Lake Mead area on Saturday morning.

Visitors should expect delays on park roads from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. because of the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo Pinarello bicycle event.

As many as 2,000 cyclists will travel along Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson, where they will enter the park and turn onto Lakeshore Road. Cyclists will exit the park at U.S. Highway 93 and head toward Hoover Dam.

Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects

Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Department of the Interior officials say their agency's parks and other projects supported more than 19,000 Nevada jobs last fiscal year.

The federal agency says Monday that the 16 million visitors to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands supported about 10,500 jobs, while energy and mineral development supported close to 6,000 jobs.

The department says Lake Mead National Recreation Area alone supported almost 2,500 jobs. That area sees about 7 million visitors a year.

Interior department officials say their agency's projects and sites made a nearly $2.4 billion impact on the Nevada economy.

Nationwide, they say the economic impact is $385 billion.

The Interior department's responsibilities include managing public lands and natural resources and working with Native American tribes.

Save $100 on Girl Scout Camp Foxtail Registration

Save $100 on Girl Scout Camp Foxtail Registration

It’s your summer, love it!

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is offering special anniversary pricing on Camp Foxtail registration as a celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting. Save $100 on resident summer camp with session prices ranging from $50 to $295.

Camp Foxtail is located in the cool in the cool Spring Mountain Range, just 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

Summer sessions run through August 17 and a 10-day pre-registration is required.  Registration is available at girlscoutsnv.org.

Drunk Boaters Targeted This Weekend

Drunk Boaters Targeted This Weekend


State officials will be cracking down on drunk boaters throughout Nevada over the weekend, including at Lake Mead.

Game wardens with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will take part in a nationally coordinated enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Dry Water.” In an attempt to reduce the number of drunken boaters, Operation Dry Water is an effort to coordinate increased patrols, investigations, and operating under the influence check points.

Events will take place at including Lakes Lahontan, Mead, Tahoe, Mohave, Topaz, and South Fork Reservoir. 

“We want people to go boating and have fun, but drunken boaters cause accidents and fatalities," said Capt. David Pfiffner, Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator. "Of our fatal accidents, almost half in an average year are alcohol related. Too many people are getting hurt because of a senseless, selfish act of some people.”