Lake Mead is the 16th largest manmade lake in the world and one of the largest man-made lakes in the Western Hemisphere. The lake was formed when the Hoover Dam was built along the Colorado River. The lake is 30 minutes from the Strip in Las Vegas and is twice the size of Rhode Island covering 1.5 million acres with 820 miles of shoreline.
Lake Mead has been in the news as of late due to the fact it is shrinking quickly. This year it is expected to drop 20 more feet. You will see in the pictures the white “bathtub ring” around the edge. This is where the water levels once were. The lake supplies 90% of the water in Las Vegas as well as California and Arizona. 20 million people depend on the lake for water. Since 2000, Lake Mead has lost 4 trillion gallons of water. Luckily Las Vegas re-uses 93% of the water it uses.