Special to the Boulder City Review
The Fourth of July is a time of celebrations with family and friends, but it is not without an increased risk of accidents. The National Park Service asks your help in ensuring a safe holiday while having fun at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Hot temperatures will make Lakes Mead and Mohave a perfect place to cool off. Temperatures are expected to around 100 degrees with partly sunny skies. There is a 20 percent chance of rain. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are also expected.
With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday, park rangers expect 500,000 visitors during a 10-day period.
“From beachgoers to boaters to campers, this week will be a busy one,” Park Superintendent Bill Dickinson said. “The park is a beautiful place to get outdoors and relax. All we ask is that visitors leave their glass containers and fireworks at home and pick up their trash,”
Glass and Styrofoam containers as well as all fireworks are prohibited in the entire park. Visitors planning to recreate at the Nelson Landing/Placer Cove area of Lake Mohave located near Nelson are reminded that alcohol is prohibited within one-mile of Placer Cove.
“We want you to have a safe and accident free holiday,” Chief Ranger Mary Hinson said. “Drowning prevention is our top concern. We don’t have lifeguards at the lake. We always recommend that swimmers regardless of age or experience wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Leave your pool toys at home and pay particular attention to swimmers in the water.”
Lake Mead has already seen two drowning deaths this year, both in June.
The park has seven campgrounds available on a first-come, first-served basis for only $10 a night. Marinas still have a few rental houseboats, ski boats and jet-skis available.
For day-trippers not heading to the beach, round-trip sightseeing tours to Hoover Dam are available aboard the paddle wheel boat, Desert Princess.
For park visitor information call (702) 293-8990.
Article provided by the National Park Service. Edited by Boulder City Review.