Lake Mead

The other day we made a trip out to Lake Mead, something we have always wanted to do but have never found the time. It is an easy 40 minute drive from our hotel and we enjoyed the trip.

When the Hoover Dam was completed Lake Mead was created. Lake Mead is 112 miles (180 km) long when the lake is full, however the lake hasn’t been full since 1983. You can see in the picture below that the RV Park and Marina, which were once on the water, are now a long way from the beach.

Lake Mead has 759 miles (1,221 km) of shoreline and its 532 feet (162 m) at greatest depth (although I bet that was before the drought hit and the water level dropped! And another interesting tidbit I found on Wikipedia “At the bottom of the lake is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress that crashed in 1948 while testing a prototype missile guidance system known as “suntracker”. The wreckage of at least two smaller airplanes are also within Lake Mead.”

Originally all you could see were the very tips of these islands so they appeared to be separate. Now with the water so low they are all joined together and look like one big island.

I will leave you with these pictures, which I took at the Visitors Information Booth.

And this picture which I took at the freeway exit when exiting to our hotel.

This was taken at a freeway exit … I love how Las Vegas decorates with zero scape landscape!

Until next time …


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