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Jen and Eric Ramblings: Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam

From the bloggers at Jen and Eric Ramblings.

Following our exploration of Death Valley, we headed off to another iconic destination: the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Hoover Dam.

Our friends Susan and Robin were staying at the Government Wash campground, so that’s where we headed. The creation of the Hoover Dam, completed in 1936 to provide the west both with a larger and more reliable source of water and with electrical power for its growing needs, impounded the Colorado River to create the largest (by volume) reservoir in the U.S. The dam straddles the Nevada/Arizona state line, and Lake Mead creates a 112-mile-long water playground in the desert.

Sadly, a combination of drought and increased water usage has dropped the lake level 135′ since 2000, resulting a white “bathtub ring” in the rock and leaving the huge boatramp at Government Wash high and dry.

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