Boulder City Correspondence – August 2016

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Lake Mead and Boulder City

Boulder Basin Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Lake Mead
                                                                     Boulder Basin Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Lake Mead

There would be no Boulder City without Lake Mead. Boulder City’s was created to be the headquarters to build the Hoover Dam, which created Lake Mead. And there it is, an immense blue jewel imbedded in a rocky desert. Even with the drought and the bathtub ring reducing it’s volume by half, it is a breathtaking sight. The coastline of Lake Mead is 759 miles long; for comparison, consider that the Pacific Coastline of California is 840 miles long. This is a big body of water.

Filleting "Stripers" at the Lake Mead Marina fish cleaning station
              Filleting “Stripers” at the Lake Mead Marina fish cleaning station

In August, Lake Mead can be a very popular place. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the 6th most visited park in the United States, with over 7.2 million visitors in 2015. It’s an amazing place to fish, known mostly for it’s Striper (Striped bass) fishing, along with it’s Catfish enthusiasts and European Carp fanatics. Boating, kayaking and just getting lost in it’s vast wilderness are some other popular activities here.

A great place to start is at the Park Headquarters at 601 Nevada Highway, where you can get maps and info and then stroll up the street to have lunch or drinks or ice cream cones, or all three, at the various establishments in Historic Downtown Boulder City. Milo’s is the place for a glass of wine and a sandwich, Tony’s for pizza. or Brew Pub for craft beer and bratwurst, the Restaurant at the Boulder Dam Hotel for a “nice” lunch, the Dillinger’s for a hamburger, Evan’s for pasta, The Back Stop if you want to drink and smoke a cigarette, and don’t forget to stop at Grandma Daisy’s for ice cream before going to the lake.

 

Coyotes wait patiently near the fish cleaning station at the marina
                                                      Coyotes waiting patiently near the fish cleaning station at the marina

— Alan Goya

Photos by GOYAphotography

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