Photo Diary: Lake Mead

Lake Mead was created in 1936, when the Colorado River was dammed in the Black Canyon along the Nevada and Arizona border, by what is now known as the Hoover Dam.  The Hoover Dam was built in order to create a water supply for Arizona, California, and Nevada, and also to generate electricity by hydro power.  When Lake Mead is at maximum capacity, it is the largest reservoir in the United States.  At maximum capacity Lake Mead is 112 miles long, has 759 miles of shoreline, is 532 feet at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet above sea level, and has 247 square miles of surface, and when filled to capacity has 26.12 million acre feet of water.

The pictures below were taken while I was on my Sundance Helicopter Tour that flew from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon!

Hoover Dam

Lake Mead leading into the Hoover Dam

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Where the Colorado River and Lake Mead meet

Where the Colorado River and Lake Mead meet

Where the Colorado River and Lake Mead meet

Where the Colorado River and Lake Mead meet

Where the Colorado River and Lake Mead meet

The last 5 images are of the Colorado River merging into Lake Mead.  You can see where the Colorado River ends by the murkiness of the water.  The two water bodies look so different in color because of the sediments flowing through the Colorado River.

 

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      1. I sure will! I’ve done a helicopter tour on Kauai a couple times and that was incredible (flying up to waterfalls and seeing the NaPali coast).

        I just realized that there weren’t any Grand Canyon pictures. Did you get a chance to see it on the tour?

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      2. I have a seperate post for all the Grand Canyon photos! I took so many photos that I had to split up the pictures into different categories for the tour haha. The helicopter tour in Kauai sounds amazing too! Ill definitely have to look into doing some sort of helicopter tour while Im in Hawaii in May 🙂

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      3. As of right now Ill be on Oahu because theres a marathon relay there that I want to try running in with a couple of my friends, but Id like to try to visit Kauai as well, but it’ll really depend on what my timeline looks like and how much it would cost to stay in Hawaii for X amount of time. Once I know if my friends plan to go out there too or not it’ll be easier to try planning on if I can do more than one island.

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      4. Yeah Hawaii will be stop number 2! Im hoping I might be able to find some races abroad that I could participate in too becuase I think that would be really cool! The possibilities are endless on what things I might be able to do on my RTW trip haha.

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