BOULDER CITY – Lake Mead National Recreation Area is open to the public.
“The entrance stations are open and visitors can now return to Lake Mead National Recreation Area to fish, boat, hike and enjoy all of the great recreational opportunities the nation’s fifth most visited unit of the National Park Service has to offer,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson.
The park’s 170 furloughed employees are back and are working quickly to open all public facilities. Campgrounds, trails, launch ramps and the visitor center are open immediately.
Concessioners have recalled employees and reopened marinas. Lake Mead Cruises and Black Canyon/Willow Beach Adventures plan to resume cruises and raft tours Friday.
Services offered via commercial use authorizations and special event permits are allowed to resume operations within the park immediately. All special weekend events, including the Pumpkin Man Triathlon, will continue as scheduled.
“Boaters are already out on the waters and triathletes are getting in some last minute training before this weekend’s event,” said Vanover. “It’s great to see visitors back out at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.”
All 401 units of the National Park Service closed Oct. 1 when the federal government was partially shut down because of a lapse of appropriations. It is estimated that around 240,000 Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitors were impacted by the shutdown and that local gateway communities lost nearly $9 million in visitor spending.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area lost an estimated $160,000 in revenue.
– From news release