Lake Mead America’s Largest Man Made Lake
Lake Mead is located on the Colorado River between the states of Nevada and Arizona, smack in the middle of desert land. Lake Mead is America’s largest man made lake, formed when the great Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. It’s 112 miles long when the lake is full, 550 miles of shoreline, around 500 feet at its deepest and 247 square miles of surface. When it is filled to capacity it holds approximately 28 million acre-feet of water. Due to drought conditions of recent years the lake has not reached its full capacity in more than 10 years.
Amazing Views, Gorgeous Scenery, Boating, Huge Fish….
….enjoyed at Lake Mead every day.
The first time I saw Lake Mead in 1972, I was captured and amazed by the deep blue color set in the midst of a desert landscape. When we were driving toward the lake I was thinking, “There’s no lake out here, this is all dry desert,” and then we popped up over a hill and there she was in all her glory, literally taking my breath away. Lake Mead has been the playground for movie stars, moguls and regular folks since it was formed by the creation of Hoover Dam in the late 1930s. There are huge catfish and carp in the lake, some people swear there are those as big as a human, but I’ve never seen them. As you stand on a dock at any marina, start throwing bits of bread or chips down into the water, and watch what happens. Soon you can enjoy watching as huge Carp vie for the food. Fishing and Boating is a big pastime for residents and tourists alike. Some California folks tow their boats all the way to Lake Mead to spend holidays or week ends.
The Story of How America’s Largest Man Made Lake Was Formed.
How was Lake Mead formed and why? Do you wonder about the historical facts and stories behind the history? To see such a huge body of water in the middle of a dry desert is amazing. Read the story behind the creation of this tremendous undertaking and its purpose and what happened to those who worked so hard to accomplish this task. The story is available for purchase here.
Lake Mead Carp Frenzy