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Lake Mead, Near Vegas

We took a day trip to Lake Mead while in Vegas.

For those who don’t know:
Lake Mead was formed by water backed up by the Hoover Dam, it extends 112 miles behind the dam, making it the largest man made lake in the states. Lake Mead is around 30 minutes from Vegas.

In the past, I have read that this lake is very popular, and there are many water activities.

Ralph and I decided to check it out.

There is a fee to enter the “park”. We lucked out and were there on Appreciation Day so we didn’t pay an entry fee. We went to a beach area, and besides an outhouse, it looks exactly like how I imagine it would have looked 50 years ago. It is still very “raw”/earthy.

The entire area that we saw was VERY “untouched by man”. I wonder what the entry fee pays for.

In the beach area there were a few other people there, some in the warm water. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting.

The lake is enduring a drought. One can see a high-water mark or “bathtub ring”, which is from the deposition of minerals from when the water was higher.

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