Springs and Seeps of Lake Mead

Date: November 7, 2016
Category: Houseboat Tips


Lake Mead houseboat rentals offer the best way to explore one of the largest man-made lakes in the country. Despite its location in the arid, Mohave Desert, this manmade lake is far from the only water source in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. In fact, there are over 300 individual springs throughout the park that provide water for the plant and wildlife that make their home in the dry, inhospitable climate.

Types of Springs at Lake Mead

Rheochrene Springs: This type of spring occurs when the water that rises up through the spring does not pool, but immediately flows off as part of a stream or in a channel. This is the most common spring type in Lake Mead National Recreation area.

Limnocrene Springs: Unlike a rheochrene spring, the water in a limnocrene spring forms a pool or a pond first, before flowing off into a channel. Many of the popular thermal pools at Lake Mead are limnocrene springs.

Seep Spring: A seep spring is a place where the water has come up from an underground aquifer but is not flowing like you would find with the other types of springs. In Black Canyon, just north of Lake Mohave, there are seeps located in the hillsides and the water from these seeps will often cascade down the steep canyon walls.

If you choose to explore the springs of Lake Mead up close, please use caution to protect yourself and the natural habitat. The natural springs are home to a variety of wildlife, including endangered species, like the relict leopard frog.

Moreover, a rare amoeba, naegleria fowleri, is common to hot springs. If this amoeba is able to enter your body through your nose, it can be lethal. If you decide to sit in a thermal pool, keep your head above water or plug your nose before submerging.

No matter how many times you visit Lake Mead, there are always new things to discover. At Forever Houseboats, we believe the best way to experience the lake is on houseboat. For more information on Lake Mead houseboat rentals, contact us today.