Lake Mead, store of Hoover Dam, one of the biggest man-made lakes on the planet, on the Arizona-Nevada outskirt, 25 miles (40 km) east of Las Vegas, Nev., U.S. Framed by the damming of the Colorado River, Lake Mead expands 115 miles (185 km) upstream, is from 1 to 10 miles (1.6 to 16 km) wide, and has a limit of 31,047,000 section of land feet (38,296,200,000 cubic m) with 550 miles (885 km) of shoreline and a surface zone of 229 square miles (593 square km). It was named after Elwood Mead, official of recovery (1924–36).

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, set up in 1936, has a territory of 2,338 square miles (6,055 square km) and expands 240 miles (386 km) along the Colorado River, from the western end of Grand Canyon National Monument to underneath Davis Dam (1950). It incorporates Lake Mohave and part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

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