Posted on | May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
Lake Mead dropped roughly five and a half feet in April, 2013, leaving the largest storage reservoir in the U.S. 50% full. At the end of April, its sister reservoir upstream on the Colorado River, Lake Powell, was 48% full according to a weekly system update from the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Roughly 100 miles west of Lake Mead, near Barstow, California, the at least twice-failed amusement park “Lake Dolores” (latterly the “Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark“) was theoretically immune to supply vagaries of the river serving seven US states and Mexico. It ran on Mojave Desert groundwater. A contractor found on site yesterday, when these photos were taken, seconded Internet chatter that there are plans to re-open it.
For a complete photo essay of the derelict water park of the Mojave, this time from water news aggregator Chris “Maven” Austin, click here.