weather icon Clear

Plan details tactics for Lake Mead wilderness

After nearly a decade of revisions and input from the public, the National Park Service completed its wilderness management plan for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

With the help of the Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and tribal communities in the area, the Park Service was able to finish its blueprint for how its wilderness areas will be managed and maintained in the future.

Changes to the plan will add a new route through the area, create informational kiosks for visitors, limit the size of groups in wilderness areas and mandate that pets remain on leashes when visiting.

In 2002, the U.S. Congress designated the park’s nine wilderness areas, all of which are in Nevada. Three of them include land managed by BLM.

Finding a happy medium from all parties involved was a big factor in the time it took to get it finished, Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.

Changes in the plan include limiting groups to 12 people when hiking through wilderness areas. Vanover said some groups would come into the wilderness areas with as many as 30 people.

She said the intention of limiting the number of people per group was to keep the wilderness as quiet as possible.

“The wilderness is intended for a solitude experience,” she said.

Though Lake Mead is a pet-friendly park, Vanover said all pets must now be on a leash while visiting the wilderness areas.

She added that part of the plan is to add 23 miles of new wilderness route and install new informational kiosks and panels once funding becomes available. The plan also states that park staff will work with local tribes and the rock-climbing community to reduce the number of bolted-face climbs.

Nearly 7 million people visited the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 2014, making it the Park Service’s sixth-most visited unit.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Rescue efforts at lake save 12 from capsized boat

Weather, including strong winds and flash flooding, resulted in more than 80 incidents at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Sunday, May 10, including two capsized vessels.

Visitors flock to Lake Mead

Tired of being cooped up at home, visitors swarmed Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday, May 2, after the park opened to annual pass holders.

Lake Mead remains popular tourist attraction

For the third consecutive year, Lake Mead National Recreation Area has ranked as the National Park Service’s sixth-most-visited recreation site.

Eagle eyes keep bird count accurate

When it comes to counting bald eagles, technology has to take a back seat to good old-fashioned fieldwork. At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that means biologists, binoculars and boats.

Official lauds state’s water conservation activities

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said Dec. 11 that Nevada has been a national leader in water conservation by reducing demand on the Colorado River and investing in infrastructure over the past two decades.

Birthday Worth Celebrating

Noel Tipon, left, of Kailua, Hawaii, accepts a cupcake from Thomas Valencia, a ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, as the park celebrated its 55th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 8. Joining in the cake cutting ceremonies was park ranger Matt Caire.

Boulder Beach camp area gets renovation; lake trails reopen

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is undergoing some improvements as one of its campgrounds is being renovated and three of its trails have reopened after being closed because of safety concerns.