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Lake Mead preparing to welcome visitors again

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area is preparing to reopen following the 16-day government shutdown. (FOX5 file) Lake Mead National Recreation Area is preparing to reopen following the 16-day government shutdown. (FOX5 file)
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The staff at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is busy preparing for the return of visitors following the end of the federal government shutdown.

There is much that needs to be done. Park officials said it will take between 24 and 48 hours for the park to get up and running and for furloughed workers to return.

"We want to get everything back open and get everybody back out here," said park Spokesperson Christie Vanover.

Vanover said visitor spending at the park averages about $500,000 a day, and in October, the park welcomed about 15,000 visitors each day.

"We estimate that it impacted about 250,000 visitors, and it's had an impact on the local economy – like Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas – of about $9 million in visitor spending," Vanover said.

Vanover said that although it's getting cooler out, the park still has much to offer.

"Now is the time of year when people transition from water recreation at Lake Mead to the great land opportunities that we have," she said.

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