November 27, 2013
Mead National Recreation Area
Events at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nov 28-Dec 15
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The following events are happening at Lake
Mead National Recreation Area Nov. 28 through Dec. 15.
Mountain Man Turkey Trot Nov 28
Around 700 people will race through Lake Mead National Recreation
Area Nov. 28 along the Historic Railroad Trail. The Turkey Trot laps at
the trailhead on Lakeshore Drive to the Hoover Dam and back. Visitors to
Lake Mead may experience delays along Lakeshore Drive. For more
information on this permitted event, visit http://www.mountainmanevents.com/turkeytrot.htm.
Make s’mores at park headquarters Dec 7
Gather around a campfire and make s’mores Dec. 7 during the Boulder
City Santa’s Electric Night Parade at the Lake Mead National
Recreation Area Park Headquarters, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, Nev.
Smokey Bear, Puddle the Blue Goose, Mojave Max and the “S’more
Making Team” will pass out marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate
from 4-7 p.m. The parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Lake Mead NRA employees
will participate in this year’s parade on the “Recreate on Public
Lands” float with other federal and state agencies.
Parade of Lights Dec 7
Around 50 boats adorned with lights and holiday decorations will
participate in the annual Lake Mead Boat Owner’s Association’s
Parade of Lights 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lake Mead National Recreation
Area. Boats will depart from Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina
and travel toward Boulder Beach, just south of Pyramid Island. The best
viewing for the parade is from Boulder Beach. For more information, call
Alan Bible Visitor Center Open House Dec 7-8
Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Western National Parks
Association are holding an open house at the Alan
Bible Visitor Center Dec. 7-8. Enjoy a 15 percent
discount on purchases both days. Come into the visitor center Dec. 8 for
additional savings, ranger programs, hot drinks and free treats. A
portion of proceeds from sales will help support interpretive and
educational programs at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For more
information, call (702) 293-8990. Visitor center hours are Wednesday
through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Calico Racing Hoover Dam Marathon Dec 14
Nearly 900 runners will race through Lake Mead National Recreation
Area along the River Mountains Loop and Historic Railroad trails from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14. The Calico Racing Hoover Dam Marathon will start
and finish at Boulder Beach. Visitors to Lake Mead may experience delays
along Lakeshore Drive and additional traffic at Boulder Beach. Drivers
should use caution when passing runners. For more information on this
permitted event, visit http://calicoracing.squarespace.com/hoover-dam-marathon-12-marath/.
The Dock of Lights Dec 14
The Dock of Lights is Dec. 14 at the Callville Bay Marina. Decorated
boats from 16 to 65 feet will be tied along the courtesy dock where
visitors can walk along to see the holiday lights. Children of all ages
can visit Santa Claus on his boat to tell him their holiday wishes.
Anyone may enter a boat in the event. Each boat entry will receive two
tickets for the buffet in the lounge. For more information, contact
Brent Thompson at (702) 281-0304.
Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show Dec 14-15
Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously operated trading post
on the Navajo Nation, is bringing a collection of hand-woven Navajo rugs
and silver and turquoise jewelry to the Lake Mead National Recreation
Bible Visitor Center 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15.
Special rug talks with Hubbell Trading Post trader Edison Eskeets and
master weaver Brenda Spencer will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each
day. They will describe the history, symbolism and artistry of the rugs.
Eskeets will also discuss how the rugs are created and how to choose and
care for them. Like the weavers themselves, no two rugs are alike, but
each evokes a sense of place and incorporates traditional designs and
colors. As Eskeets says, “Every Navajo rug conveys an important story.”
It takes a weaver 400 hours to produce a 3x5 rug from start to
finish. Throughout the day, Spencer will demonstrate traditional weaving
The free Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show is supported by Western
National Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the National Park
Service. More information can be found at http://www.wnpa.org
or by calling 702-293-8990. Proceeds from the event help WNPA provide
direct support to 66 partner parks across the West.
November 26, 2013
Lowering Water Releases from Parker Dam on December 5 and
6 for Electrical Upgrade
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — On December 5, 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation
plans to reduce the water released from Parker Dam to allow Western Area
Power Administration to upgrade the protection system in the
161-kilovolt switchyard at the dam. The water releases will be lowered
to about 900 cubic feet per second (cfs) for a 10-hour period. The
reduced flows will begin on December 5 at 6 p.m. MST and will continue
until December 6 at 4 a.m. MST. Normal minimum releases from Parker Dam
are 1,800 cfs.
During this time period, Reclamation will continue to meet downstream
water orders. River users from Parker Dam downstream to Blythe,
California should be alert to the low water levels and exposed
navigation hazards through most of Friday, December 6.
Parker Dam provides water storage for Lake Havasu, the 45-mile long
reservoir behind Parker Dam. Water stored in Lake Havasu is delivered to
water users in Arizona, California, and Mexico. The Western Area Power
Administration markets the hydropower produced by Parker Dam to
customers as far away as the City of Los Angeles.
For further information regarding the Parker Dam reduced water
releases and associated bus outage, please contact the Water Operations
Control Center at 702-293-8373, or BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov.
November 25, 2013
Mead National Recreation Area
Beach Road Reopens After Flood Damage
BOULDER CITY, NEV. – Willow
Beach Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area has
reopened. It was temporarily closed due to flooding and storm damage.
Thomas Road, which is located near Overton, Nev., is a
dirt road. It will remain closed until the road dries out, making it
November 24, 2013
Lowering Lake Havasu for Parker Dam Trash Rack Repair
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Beginning December 8, 2013, the Bureau of
Reclamation is lowering the water level of Lake Havasu for approximately
eight weeks to repair the trash racks at Parker Dam. The drawdown will
result in the lake reaching an elevation of 445 feet by mid-December
2013. The lake will remain at this level until mid-February 2014.
During the drawdown, Reclamation will repair and replace
deteriorating components of the Parker Dam outer forebay trash rack
structure. This structure is the first of two systems that filter debris
from the lake to protect the power generation facilities at the dam. The
current trash racks, original to Parker Dam, are 75 years old and
deteriorated beyond repair.
While Lake Havasu is normally lowered during winter months for river
management activities, seasonal fluctuations typically range from about
445.8 to 449.5 feet. The lake level will remain at about 445.0 feet
until work on the trash racks is completed. However, due to unforeseen
circumstances caused by operational or environmental conditions, the
lake level may vary from 445.0 feet during this period.
Reclamation held a public meeting in Lake Havasu City on August 1,
2013 to answer questions about the drawdown. If you would like
additional information regarding the Lake Havasu drawdown and the Parker
Dam trash rack repairs, please contact the Water Operations Control
Center at 702-293-8373, or BCOOWaterops@usbr.gov.
November 19, 2013
beware: citations coming if you don’t "Clean, Drain
Targeted enforcement of Aquatic
Invasive Species laws begins January 1, 2014
(PHOENIX) -- Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the State of
Arizona will ramp up their efforts to stop the spread of
quagga mussels and other invasive species in Arizona
waters. Law enforcement officers from the Arizona Game and
Fish Department, in coordination with other lake patrol
agencies, will start issuing citations to boaters who don’t
"Clean, Drain and Dry" their boats when they
leave quagga-infested lakes.
Since October, Game and Fish enforcement officers have
been educating boaters leaving the Lake Pleasant and Lake
Havasu boat ramps, and distributing literature on the
danger of quagga mussels. Some boaters were given written
warnings and told to "Clean, Drain and Dry"
their boats. Starting Jan. 1, boaters who don’t comply
won't get a warning, they'll get a citation, a mandatory
court appearance, and if found guilty, a fine.
"Boat owners must clean, drain and dry their boats
every time they visit and leave Lake Mead, Pleasant,
Havasu and Mojave," said Arizona Game and Fish
Department Invasive Species Program Coordinator Tom
McMahon. "You'll be protecting your boat, protecting
Arizona waters and protecting native species. And starting
Jan. 1st, you’ll also be protecting your wallet."
Unless a boater empties his bilge, ballast tanks, live
well and engine of all water before leaving the lake,
young microscopic quagga mussels can hitch a ride in any
standing water and spread their havoc statewide. Quagga
mussels and other invasive species out-compete sport fish
and native species for the nutrients in lake water. They
multiply quickly, grow into large colonies and attach to
structures in the lake, water pipes, marina
infrastructure, boats and even marker buoys. The potential
cost implications for the Western United States are likely
to range in the billions of dollars.
"Boaters on Lake Havasu, Mead, Mohave and Pleasant
are the most likely to spread quagga mussels, and we need
their cooperation," said Tyler VanVleet, law
enforcement program manager for the Game and Fish
Department's Mesa District. "If paying a fine makes
you pay attention to the danger of quagga mussels, it's a
small price to pay for keeping our Arizona recreational
waterways and water conveyance infrastructure free of this
November 18, 2013
Game and Fish Department offers safe boating classes
December safety classes in Phoenix
for power boaters and beginning kayakers
(PHOENIX) – Boat owners who want to improve their
skills and learn safe boating techniques can enroll in two
different boating safety classes offered by the Arizona
Game and Fish Department. The free boating safety courses,
one for beginning kayakers, the other for power boat
operators, are being offered Saturday, Dec.14.
The “Boat Arizona” course, approved by the National
Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA),
includes instruction on proper operation of power boats,
from small boats equipped with outboard motors to large
inboards. The class covers general nautical information
such as boating laws and regulations, equipment
requirements, navigation rules, anchoring, weather
emergencies, registration requirements, avoiding accidents
There is no charge for the all-day class, Saturday,
Dec.14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Game and Fish Department
headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Hwy. in Phoenix. Many
insurance companies offer discounts on boat insurance for
completing the class.
Also on Dec.14, the Game and Fish Department offers a
course in beginning kayaking. Class starts at 9 a.m. with
about 90 minutes of classroom instruction followed by
actual practice on the water until 1 p.m. Game and Fish
Boating Safety Education Program Manger Kim Jackson said
everything needed for the class, including kayaks and
paddles, will be provided.
“Just show up in clothes that can get wet and bring a
towel, a hat and sunscreen,” said Jackson. “Bring a
hydrating beverage and plan on having some fun!”
The kayaking class takes place at the Biscuit Tank
education area of the Ben Avery Shooting Range, just west
of I-17 on Carefree Hwy. There is no fee for the class.
Registration for both of these free classes is
first-come first-served. Call 623-236-7219 to reserve your
spot in either class.