Lakes Mead and Mohave provide opportunities for millions of regional, national, and international visitors to enjoy a wide array of water-based recreation in a spectacular desert setting. The national significance of the site’s recreational opportunities and scientific values led to its designation as the nation’s first National Recreation Area in 1964. The stark contrast of the deep blue lakes with spacious open water basins against a backdrop of mountain and canyon scenery creates a diversity of landscapes inviting recreation from the active to the contemplative (Maxon, 2009). The quality of the setting as a backdrop for the recreational experience has resulted in designation of approximately 200,000 acres of lands surrounding the lakes as wilderness (National Park Service, 2005).
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Environmental setting of Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Chapter 2 in A synthesis of aquatic science for management of Lakes Mead and Mohave