How deep is the water at Lake Havasu?
The Hoover Dam is one of the most phenomenal structures in modern history. This 1244 feet long, 660 feet thick, and 726 feet high concrete behemoth holds back so much water that it deformed the earth's crust and caused 600 small earthquakes in the decade after its construction.
- The actual structure would last about 10,000 years. According to the show, it will be among the longest lasting human structures. Its downfall will be an accumulation of erosion of the concrete and millennia of moderate seismic events.
- The "official" number of fatalities involved in building Hoover Dam is 96. These were men who died at the dam site (classified as "industrial fatalities") from such causes as drowning, blasting, falling rocks or slides, falls from the canyon walls, being struck by heavy equipment, truck accidents, etc.
- The dam was named after President Herbert Hoover. Since about 1900, the Black Canyon and nearby Boulder Canyon had been investigated for their potential to support a dam that would control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power.
- The Colorado runs 1,450 mi (2,330 km) from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, draining parts of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. The river system is one of the most heavily developed in the world, with fifteen dams on the main stem of the Colorado and hundreds more on tributaries.
- There are two Colorado Rivers in this world. There is the Colorado that everyone knows, having carved its way through millennia of rock to create the grandest of canyons. Then, there is the other Colorado; it carves its way entirely through Texas. So far, its waters still flow to the Gulf of Mexico.
- The river's average width is 300 feet across, although it narrows to only 76 feet wide at mile 135, where the river, 85 feet deep, is also at its deepest. On average, the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon is 40 feet deep.
Parker Dam is the 63rd-tallest dam in the US (320 ft). The top 10 tallest dams in the United States are: Oroville Dam, Hoover Dam, Dworshak Dam, Glen Canyon Dam, New Bullards Bar Dam, New Melones Dam, Mossyrock Dam, Shasta Dam, New Don Pedro Dam, Hungry Horse Dam.
- Lake Mohave was created with the building of Davis Dam on the Colorado River on the border between Arizona and Nevada. The lake is relatively "skinny" with its widest point being only about 4 miles wide but is 67 miles long with over 200 miles of shoreline.
- Review of Lake of the Ozarks. Owner description: Created when the Bagnell Dam was constructed in 1931, this lake covers more than 54,000 acres and has more than 1,150 miles of shoreline.
- The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cool and the crowds are thin. If you decide to visit during the summer (the park's peak season), be prepared for hordes of tourists and very limited lodging availability.
Updated: 18th November 2019