Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:46 PM Lake Mead's marinas are being pushed further out as water levels drop trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:46 PM Lake Mead's marinas are being pushed further out as water levels drop trends now
Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:46 PM Lake Mead's marinas are being pushed further out as water levels drop trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 10:46 PM Lake Mead's marinas are being pushed further out as water levels drop trends now

A lone coyote scavenges for dead fish lying on dry, cracked earth, which just a few months ago was the site of a busy launch area for boats and pleasure craft setting out on Lake Mead.

Now, the water in the bowl of Boulder Harbor in Nevada, has vanished entirely, leaving behind newly exposed shoreline as revealed in these astonishing DailyMail.com photos.

In front of the concrete jetty, dead carp and catfish lay rotting in the punishing Nevada sun after being stranded when the reservoir's waters receded to now-critical levels.

The marauding coyote in the harbor is the latest devastating symbol of the potential environmental catastrophe facing America's largest man-made lake, 30 miles from Las Vegas.

Boulder Harbor, on the western side of Lake Mead, is approached by a long and wide sloping concrete roadway suitable for large boat trailers.

It is formed from a shallow bowl that opens into a channel that would normally give pleasure craft access to the wider waters of the massive lake.

Astonishing DailyMail.com photos lay bare the devastating effects of severe drought conditions at Lake Mead in Nevada. The newly exposed shoreline now reeks of decaying fish scattered across dry, cracked earth. Pictured: A lone coyote scavenges for food among the carcasses of dead fish in Boulder Harbor

Astonishing DailyMail.com photos lay bare the devastating effects of severe drought conditions at Lake Mead in Nevada. The newly exposed shoreline now reeks of decaying fish scattered across dry, cracked earth. Pictured: A lone coyote scavenges for food among the carcasses of dead fish in Boulder Harbor

As the lake water receded, many fish were trapped in the harbor's basin and eventually killed when the water dried up

As the lake water receded, many fish were trapped in the harbor's basin and eventually killed when the water dried up 

The whole area around the dried up Boulder Harbor now reeks of the decaying fish that lay in scattered groups, their mouths gaping open

The whole area around the dried up Boulder Harbor now reeks of the decaying fish that lay in scattered groups, their mouths gaping open

Dead carp and catfish now lay rotting in the punishing Nevada sun on land that was until recently part of Lake Mead as severe drought conditions worsen

Dead carp and catfish now lay rotting in the punishing Nevada sun on land that was until recently part of Lake Mead as severe drought conditions worsen

The striking images come as teams of divers work on shifting three of the lake's major marinas – Lake Mead Marina, Callville Bay Marina, and Las Vegas Marina - now in danger of being marooned on dry land – further out into the water as levels rapidly deplete

The striking images come as teams of divers work on shifting three of the lake's major marinas – Lake Mead Marina, Callville Bay Marina, and Las Vegas Marina - now in danger of being marooned on dry land – further out into the water as levels rapidly deplete 

But the level of Lake Mead – which supplies water to 40million people – has plunged so dramatically amid a 22-year mega-drought that the harbor has simply been left behind.

Around the perimeter, at least 10ft above the cracking dry earth bed, white marker buoys lie still tethered with rope.

Boats that sunk in the lake over the years are now resurfacing, as are bodies.

 The lake’s catastrophic water level decline has led to the uncovering of two bodies – one of them a suspected Las Vegas Mob ‘hit’ victim who was stuffed inside a metal barrel after being shot.

He was found on May 1 in Hemenway Harbor. Police believe he was dumped there in the ‘70s or ‘80s when the spot would have been under at least 20ft of water.

Meanwhile skeletal remains were discovered by paddleboarders a week later near Callville Bay. The Clark County medical examiner is working to identify the person, while Las Vegas police say they have found no evidence to suggest foul play.

 The whole area reeks of the decaying fish that lay in scattered groups, their mouths gaping open. Meanwhile the coyote chomps on their bones and scales while eyeing us with caution.

Boulder Harbor was last used properly last summer. Its water supply was shut off by the lip of the bowl on the channel side – and what was left has now evaporated, leaving dry earth with cracks six inches deep.

It is one of four launch areas on the lake that have now been closed due to the level emergency, leaving just one at Las Vegas marina in busy Hemenway Harbor near Lake Mead National Recreation Center's visitor center.

Our incredible images come as we can also reveal that teams of divers are now working on moving three major marinas - Lake Mead Marina, Callville Bay Marina, and Las Vegas Marina - farther out into Lake Mead because they are in danger of being marooned on dry land as the waters continue to recede.

The marauding coyote in the harbor is the latest devastating symbol of the potential environmental catastrophe facing America's largest man-made lake, 30 miles from Las Vegas

The marauding coyote in the harbor is the latest devastating symbol of the potential environmental catastrophe facing America's largest man-made lake, 30 miles from Las Vegas

Pictured: A black jet ski, in good condition, sits stranded on the dried earth with a nylon rope leading to a spiked anchor that once held it in place in the water at the Callville Bay Marina

Pictured: A black jet ski, in good condition, sits stranded on the dried earth with a nylon rope leading to a spiked anchor that once held it in place in the water at the Callville Bay Marina 

Las Vegas police announced last week that a body found in this barrel at Lake Mead is likely a man killed by gunshot in the '70s or '80s

Las Vegas police announced last week that a body found in this barrel at Lake Mead is likely a man killed by gunshot in the '70s or '80s

Docks that were in use last summer now sit cordoned off at Callville Bay Marina on the lake where work is continuously underway to move the entire marine further and further out as water levels drop

Docks that were in use last summer now sit cordoned off at Callville Bay Marina on the lake where work is continuously underway to move the entire marine further and further out as water levels drop

Then: An aerial view of Lake Mead Marina, south of Las Vegas, in August 2020

Then: An aerial view of Lake Mead Marina, south of Las Vegas, in August 2020

Now: Boulder Harbor was last used properly last summer. Its water supply was shut off by the lip of the bowl on the channel side – and what was left has now evaporated leaving dry earth with cracks six inches deep

Now: Boulder Harbor was last used properly last summer. Its water supply was shut off by the lip of the bowl on the channel side – and what was left has now evaporated leaving dry earth with cracks six inches deep

The water level of the reservoir is now just 1,052ft above sea level, compared to 1,085ft in January last year. Every foot drop represents roughly 30ft of shoreline lost. 

Last month, the pipe connecting the first and shallowest intake began emerging and will no longer work if the level falls below 1,050ft.

Callville Bay Marina, on the northern shore of Lake Mead's western arm and in the shadow of the Black Mountains, provides a chilling illustration of how the reduction is accelerating.

It has a series of markers showing levels for three specific years. The one for 2008 is firmly planted a fair way up a steep concrete ramp, now used as a parking lot for visitors. The next is 2018, which is about 450ft farther towards the shore on a dusty track.

This is followed by 2021, which is 142ft farther on.

But, in a prophetic insight into what may be to come, DailyMail.com measured the distance from the 2021 sign to what is now the shoreline and found the difference is about 820ft, an incredible acceleration.

Between the 2021 sign and the shore lies an abandoned speedboat covered in dried mud. Where water once swirled, dust now blows across the cracked landscape.

A black jet ski, in good condition, sits stranded on the dried earth with a nylon rope leading to a spiked anchor that once held it in place in the water.

Callville Bay Marina (pictured) on the northern shore of Lake Mead's western arm and in the shadow of the Black Mountains, provides a chilling illustration of how the reduction is accelerating. It has a series of markers showing levels for three specific years

Callville Bay Marina (pictured) on the northern shore of Lake Mead's western arm and in the shadow of the Black Mountains, provides a chilling illustration of how the reduction is accelerating. It has a series of markers showing levels for three specific years

The one for 2008 is firmly planted a fair way up a steep concrete ramp, now used as a parking lot for visitors. The next is 2018 (pictured) which is about 450ft farther towards the shore on a dusty track

The one for 2008 is firmly planted a fair way up a steep concrete ramp, now used as a parking lot for visitors. The next is 2018 (pictured) which is about 450ft farther towards the shore on a dusty track

Pictured: A sign showing the water line just last year in 2021. The shoreline is now 142ft farther on

Pictured: A sign showing the water line just last year in 2021. The shoreline is now 142ft farther on

Divers are now working in shifts to prepare to move Callville Bay Marina a total of 1,000ft from where it was sitting a few months ago

Divers are now working in shifts to prepare to move Callville Bay Marina a total

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