Thousands head to Lake Mead to bid farewell to summer

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.

Labor Day is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the lake and attracts boaters, jet skiers and swimmers. It's estimated more than 100,000 people were on the lake.

Marcio Santana, who had his four kids in tow, was looking for way to enjoy his final weekend of the summer.

"Just to relax, get away from work, get away from the city," he said.

Santana and his family camped out for three days and got in a lot of wakeboarding.

Jonathan Gardner, of Las Vegas, was also enjoying the water, but also paying attention to the lower water level. 

"You have to be more cautious about where you're driving, especially for deep boats, you have to watch out for undercover rocks under the water and watch out for everybody else too."

While Labor Day is one of the busier weekends, a spokesperson for the recreation area says, Memorial Day weekend is more crowded. Katherine Landing, Willow Beach and Lake Mohave saw the most traffic this weekend.


 


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