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Views of different areas of Lake Mead from a boat

I’ve had so much fun at, and on Lake Mead over the years – as you can see in the pictures. But it’s scary what is happening to our lake.

As of last weekend, the depth of Lake Mead is about 1045 feet above sea level, it has lost another 6 feet of water in just one month, and is now at 29% capacity.

The six foot drop in just one month is a lot, but there are a lot of reasons beyond over usage: The Bureau of Reclamation has held back water from Lake Powell to allow power to be generated at the Glen Canyon Dam is one reason, the severe prolonged drought and evaporation are also taking a toll.

If the level continues to fall a water shortage will be declared for 2023. This would mean a reduction in the water allocated to us here in the Vegas valley. Last year we used 242,000 acre feet of water with an allocation of 300,000 acre feet. FYI: An acre foot of water is what two average households use per year.

I know firsthand how low the lake is. How? I had to pay for a prop on a boat rental because I got too close to a rock – that was about 50 feet from the shore!

Have fun on the lake, but be careful out there!

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    Lake Mead

    Easy to see how low the lake level has dropped, by the rings.

     

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    Lake Mead

    View of Lake Mead from the railroad tunnels.

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    Lake Mead

    Different areas of Lake Mead all have a different beauty

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    Lake Mead

    On Lake Mead on a beautiful chamber of commerce day!

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    Lake Mead

    As close as you can get to Hoover Dam in a boat.

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    Lake Mead

    Clouds over Lake Mead

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    Lake Mead

    Some days are even more beautiful than others on Lake Mead

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    Lake Mead

    I’ll drive the boat!

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    Lake Mead

    Admiral Rea at your service!

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    Lake Mead

    Time for a swim!