Hoover Dam and Lake Meade

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We got into Vegas about 10:00am pacific time. It's nice when you travel west you get a few extra hours of time.  We got on the rental car shuttle bus and it took us to the rental center. We rented a Chevy HHR, not a bad little car. We hit the highway heading east to Hoover Dam. It's between thirty and fourty miles to the dam. We made a pit stop at McDonalds for some lunch and a bathroom break. We took off again and our first sight to see was Lake Meade.  The blue of the lake and the brown mountains is gorgeous. The water stands out so beatifully. We made a few picture stops and on we went.  The traffic stops backing up because of a security check and the constuction of the new bypass bridge going over the colorado river next to Hoover Dam.

Lake Meade
  The best bet is to park in the garage ($7.00) and walk the short distance to the Visitors Center. The heat wasn't to bad. It was a 107 degrees...whew!!   We took the Powerplant tour because of our limited time schedule.  It was $11.00 each for the tour and visitor center.  You see a short movie of the history of the dam then you get into an elevator and go down over 500 feet into the dam.  You can feel the rumble under your feet of the water going thru the huge pipes.

 

 

 

Here is physical data:

THE DAM

Type:  Arch gravity

Height:  726.4 feet

Crest length:  1244 feet

Crest width:  45 feet

Base width:  660 feet

Volume of concrete:  3.25 million cubic yards

 

LAKE MEADE

Shoreline:  550 miles

Capacity:  28,254,000 acre-feet

Maximum depth:  498 feet

Surface Area:  156,800 acres

Length when full:  110 miles

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Me..107 degrees..whew
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