Photos: Lake Mead and Hoover Dam aerials, May 2021

This page features aerial images of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, along the Colorado River near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lake Mead is the nation’s largest reservoir by capacity, but its elevation has plummeted in recent years due to a megadrought and human demands upon the Colorado River. Hoover Dam is 726 feet tall and was built from 1931 to 1936. During that time, 96 men were killed in industrial accidents, according to the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the dam.

See our dams and reservoirs dashboard for more information about Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. We have additional aerial photos of the dam and reservoir on this page.

DateMay 23, 2021
LocationHoover Dam and Lake Mead (map)
CreditAlexander Heilner/The Water Desk
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