NEVADA (KTNV) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area is increasing recreational access for pass holders.
The National Park Service said it is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning at 9 a.m. May 2, the following park entrance stations in Nevada will be open to annual pass holders:
- Boulder Entrance Station
- Lake Mead Parkway Entrance Station
- Lake Mead Boulevard Entrance Station
- Northshore Entrance Station
- Cottonwood Cove Entrance Station
At 9 a.m. May 4, annual passes will also be required for the following locations in Arizona:
- Willow Beach
- Temple Bar
- Katherine Landing
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, no transactions of currency will occur at the entrance station, according to the National Park Service.
Parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches and picnic areas will reopen.
Boats that are slipped at the marinas may leave their slips to recreate. Those within the trailer village or on live-aboard vessels may stay the night.
However, the following locations and facilities in Nevada remain closed:
- Developed campgrounds
- Nelson Landing, Saddle Cove, Government Wash, Crawdad Cove, 8.0, Stewarts Point, Nevada Telephone Cove, Six Mile Cove and Nine Mile Cove
- Goldstrike Canyon Hot Springs
- The Visitor Center and Park Headquarters in Boulder City
The National Park Service said the health and safety of visitors, employees, and volunteers continue to be at the forefront. It will also examine each facility function at Lake Mead and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and monitored regularly.
A return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services are limited. Most water and land-based fuel stations remain closed as well.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted here.