Lake Mead's Receding Water Level

I was recently sent by Las Vegas Review-Journal to visualize the receding water levels at Lake Mead, home of Hoover Dam, and the dangers it can pose to boaters. How would the reporter and I get close enough to show any evidence of the receding water level without a boat? We walked up to Zack Blackwood, Game Warden with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and asked for a ride. Blackwood was more than happy to give us a private tour and explain the lake's newly formed hazards.

 Lake Mead Marina is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Lake Mead Marina is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 A boat belonging to the Nevada Department of Wildlife is shown at Lake Mead in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A boat belonging to the Nevada Department of Wildlife is shown at Lake Mead in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Lake Mead's receding waterline is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Lake Mead's receding waterline is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 A newly formed island due to Lake Mead's receding waterline is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A newly formed island due to Lake Mead's receding waterline is shown in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Zach Blackwood, game warden/police officer with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, gives a tour showing Lake Mead's receding waterline and the dangers it poses to boaters in Boulder City, Friday, July 3, 2015.(Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal)