Nature Is Reclaiming This One Abandoned Nevada Spot And It's Hauntingly Beautiful
Echo Bay Marina at Lake Mead in southern Nevada was shut down by the National Park Service in 2013. The marina was closed after it went to bid and no business was interested in operating it, in part because of Lake Mead’s rapidly falling water levels, the NPS said in a statement issued at the time of closure.
The water level of the man-made reservoir – created during the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s – has since fallen to an all-time low thanks to years of severe drought and very little rain. A white “bathtub ring” of mineral deposits surrounding it provides a visual reminder of how much the water has fallen… and where it once was.
Now, nature is reclaiming this abandoned Nevada spot. For years the Echo Bay Resort in Lake Mead sat abandoned, but demolition officially began in the fall of 2022.
The above video by YouTuber Terje Riisnaes shows what this fascinating old place looked like as of July 2016. Is Echo Bay abandoned? Not completely. Lake Mead remains a popular recreational attraction in southern Nevada despite the falling water levels. Tons of people flock here year-round to go boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking, and we can’t blame them: the lake is beautiful, even if its current water levels are a little depressing.
Check out the Echo Bay Lake Mead resort and marina as it stands in 2022 in this video from Vegas Tech:
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Echo Bay Hotel And More Abandoned Places
- What happened to Echo Bay Hotel?
Echo Bay Hotel (actually formally known as Echo Bay Motel) was a small resort on Lake Mead that closed its doors in 2010 thanks to a rapidly receding water level greatly affecting tourism. As Lake Mead disappeared, so too did the recreation on the lake – as well as the infrastructure that once thrived there.
2. Is Echo Bay Marina on Lake Mead still accessible?
It is not. In the fall of 2022, demolition began on Echo Bay Motel, the Marina, and many other buildings now abandoned that are considered a blight on the landscape (and at risk of collapse). The project is planned to conclude in the summer of 2023.
3. What are some other interesting abandoned places in Nevada?
Of course, Echo Bay Motel is far from the only interesting abandoned place in Nevada. Other excellent abandoned places in Nevada worthy of research include: