Powell of the Colorado
Original Date Visited: 3/15/09
A Quick Dip into Lake Mead N.R.A!
In 2009, one of the rangers noticed me recording the marker and instantly grew curious as to what it was. I found this ironic considering he was a mis-informed United States Park Ranger. Anyway, the end of our brief conversation ended with him wanting me to emphasize the entrance fee on the website since many aren't familiar with the "pay fee honor system" on this end of Mead. So, here it is ...
This is one of the few markers in the system requiring a fee to access, located fully within Lake Mead Nat'l Rec. Area, a United States National Park. All entry into the N.R.A, even passing through or otherwise, requires a $10 per vehicle fee, with extra fees for boating and overnight use. This might sound obvious, but there is no entrance gate along Northshore Drive and it's easy to forget about the fee in this remote section of the park. Consider this a friendly reminder. Entrance fees from Northshore Drive are collected at the kiosk near Henderson and pay stations are set up at Echo Bay. Since most of you might be coming this way from Valley of Fire, this is of sheer importance. By the way, the fee pays for a seven-day entrance to any National Park in the system, especially awesome if you're planning to bag any of the other parks in the area. Why pay Grand Canyon and Zion's gouging fee of 25 bucks?
Welcome to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, one of the largest national parks in America! Your drive to  consists of the lonely "Northshore Drive," which hugs the western shoreline of Lake Mead's far northern arms all the way to the eastern limits of Henderson, a total of 25 miles. Northshore has become a much quieter alternative to the boring 15, and even if you don't stop within the park, the 40mph offers a comfortable drive into the desert backcountry.
(Photo below) A Full Dip into Lake Mead N.R.A!
A Full Dip into Lake Mead N.R.A!
On August 30, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell landed at the mouth of the Virgin River, about 12 miles south of here, thus ending the first boat expedition through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.
The expedition left Green River City, Wyoming Territory, on May 24, 1869. For three months Powell and his men endured danger and hunger to explore, survey and study the geology of the canyons along the Green and Colorado Rivers.
Exhausted and near starvation, the Powell party was warmly greeted and fed by the hardy Mormon pioneers of St. Thomas, a small farm settlement about 11 miles north of here.
The original sites of St. Thomas and the junction of the Virgin and Colorado Rivers are now beneath the waters of Lake Mead.
This, and later Powell surveys, stimulated great interest in the water conservation problems of the Southwest.
 is the only Nevada historical marker located within a U.S. National Park
Related Links & Markers:
 - El Dorado Canyon (Head of Steamboat Navigation) Marker Superlatives St. Thomas & Lake Mead Nat'l Rec. Area (NPS) The Powell Expedition: Grand Canyon Explorer) Powell's Grand Canyon expedition: History Channel
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