Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer, and lake season at Lake Mead.
Last year water levels were dropping to historic lows, and Lake Mead Recreation Area saw a little over 20,000 people visit over the course of Memorial Day weekend. Due to a record snowpack and a recent water release from Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Mead’s water levels have risen about five feet so far. Those rising levels are translating to more ramps opening and many more people coming back for boating this year.
The week leading up to Memorial Day weekend is recognized as National Safe Boating Week, a national campaign where state and federal agencies promote safe boating.
Emilee Cain, a game warden with NDOW told KSNV News 3, “The most important thing we’re pushing is that there are enough life jackets onboard for everybody,” and that they are the proper size. If anything happens, you need to put them on. Any child under 13 needs to be wearing it at all times on a boat unless they’re in an enclosed compartment.” Cain said law enforcement will be covering from Lake Mead all the way down to Laughlin this weekend.
Leave the pool toys at home. No pool noodles or other inflation toys, because they present major safety concerns. Jonathan Jackson, a Mojave District Ranger with NPS says, the wind will often pick up their $2 beach ball, and blow it into the water. “Then people want their ball back, so they go swimming after them. And then it ends poorly. Your life is worth more than that.” Pool toys have been outlawed on the lake, and proper life jackets are US Coast Guard certified.
Jackson also stressed driving the speed limit in the recreation area due to the windy roads and getting a sober ride home for those who have been drinking.
If you’re observing Memorial day with family, on Lake Mead – do it safely!
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