LAKE MEAD FACTS
ACREAGE - FY 2002 - Gross Area Acres - 1,495,664
VISITATION - FY 2002 - Total Recreation Visits - 7,627,906
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the USA and contains enough water to flood the entire state of New York with 1 ft. of
water (26 million acre ft.).
Lake Mead FAQ:
What is the lake's elevation at high-water?
The high-water line is at 1,229 feet above sea level. At this elevation, the water would be more
than 7 1/2 feet over the top of the raised spillway gates, which are at elevation 1221.4 feet. All lands below elevation 1,250 have been retained for reservoir purposes.
What is the reservoir's area?
How long and wide is the reservoir?
How much water will Lake Mead hold?
At elevation 1221.4, it would contain 28,537,000 acre feet. An acre-foot is the amount of water
required to cover 1 acre to a depth o 1 foot, or approximately 326,000 gallons. The reservoir will store the entire average flow of the river for 2 years. That is enough water to
cover the State of Pennsylvania to a depth of one foot.
How is the reservoir capacity allotted?
Below elevation 1,229, about 1,500,000 acre-feet of storage capacity is reserved exclusively for
flood control; about 2,378,000 acre-feet of sedimentation control; about 15,853,000 acre-feet for joint use (flood control, municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation and
power); and 10,024,000 acre-feet for inactive storage.
Who operates the dam and reservoir?
How much sediment will be deposited in the reservoir?
Between 1935 and 1963, about 91,000 acre-feet of sediment was deposited in Lake Mead each year. With
closure of Glen Canyon Dam, about 370 miles upstream, the life of Lake Mead is indefinite.