Echo Bay Marina on Lake Mead to close Feb. 1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm •  Published: January 6, 2013

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — National Park Service officials are blaming low water levels and a decline in business for the upcoming closure of the Echo Bay Marina fuel dock and boat slip facility on the northern part of Lake Mead.

Bill Dickinson, superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said no bidders sought the 10-year contract for water-based services at the facility in the Overton arm of the lake.

"It is unfortunate that we have to ask people to leave the Echo Bay Marina after they have spent years vacationing here," Dickinson said.

Forever Resorts, a concessioner that operates several other marinas on lakes Mead and Mohave, provided contract services for the past three years at Echo Bay, including small boat rental, maintenance, repair and storage, and a trailer village and recreational vehicle park. That contract expires Jan. 31.

"Revenues have dropped over the past few years due in part to the recession and declining water levels," Dickinson said, adding that prospective bidders may have been concerned about the economic feasibility of the Echo Bay location, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. A motel and restaurant at the site were closed in 2010 due to business conditions.

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