United States Congress
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States consisting of two chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress meets in the Capitol in Washington, D. C, both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Members are usually affiliated to the Republican Party or to the Democratic Party, Congress has 535 voting members,435 Representatives and 100 Senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members in addition to its 435 voting members and these members can, sit on congressional committees and introduce legislation. Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms representing the people of a single constituency, known as a district. Congressional districts are apportioned to states by using the United States Census results. Each state, regardless of population or size, has two senators, there are 100 senators representing the 50 states.
Each senator is elected at-large in their state for a term, with terms staggered. The House and Senate are equal partners in the legislative process—legislation cannot be enacted without the consent of both chambers, the Constitution grants each chamber some unique powers. The Senate ratifies treaties and approves presidential appointments while the House initiates revenue-raising bills, the House initiates impeachment cases, while the Senate decides impeachment cases. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required before a person can be forcibly removed from office. The term Congress can refer to a meeting of the legislature. A Congress covers two years, the current one, the 115th Congress, began on January 3,2017, the Congress starts and ends on the third day of January of every odd-numbered year. Members of the Senate are referred to as senators, members of the House of Representatives are referred to as representatives, congressmen, or congresswomen. One analyst argues that it is not a solely reactive institution but has played a role in shaping government policy and is extraordinarily sensitive to public pressure.
Several academics described Congress, Congress reflects us in all our strengths, Congress is the governments most representative body. Congress is essentially charged with reconciling our many points of view on the public policy issues of the day. —Smith and Wielen Congress is constantly changing and is constantly in flux, most incumbents seek re-election, and their historical likelihood of winning subsequent elections exceeds 90 percent
National Park Service
It was created on August 25,1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. As of 2014, the NPS employs 21,651 employees who oversee 417 units, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. National parks and national monuments in the United States were originally individually managed under the auspices of the Department of the Interior, the movement for an independent agency to oversee these federal lands was spearheaded by business magnate and conservationist Stephen Mather, as well as J. Horace McFarland. With the help of journalist Robert Sterling Yard, Mather ran a publicity campaign for the Department of the Interior and they wrote numerous articles that praised the scenic and historic qualities of the parks and their possibilities for educational and recreational benefits. This campaign resulted in the creation of a National Park Service, Mather became the first director of the newly formed NPS.
On March 3,1933, President Herbert Hoover signed the Reorganization Act of 1933, the act would allow the President to reorganize the executive branch of the United States government. It wasnt until that summer when the new President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Roosevelt agreed and issued two Executive orders to make it happen. In 1951, Conrad Wirth became director of the National Park Service, the demand for parks after the end of the World War II had left the parks overburdened with demands that could not be met. In 1952, with the support of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he began Mission 66, New parks were added to preserve unique resources and existing park facilities were upgraded and expanded. In 1966, as the Park Service turned 50 years old, emphasis began to turn from just saving great and wonderful scenery, Director George Hartzog began the process with the creation of the National Lakeshores and National Recreation Areas. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has managed each of the United States national parks, Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States.
In 1872, there was no government to manage it. Yosemite National Park began as a park, the land for the park was donated by the federal government to the state of California in 1864 for perpetual conservation. Yosemite was returned to federal ownership, at first, each national park was managed independently, with varying degrees of success. In Yellowstone, the staff was replaced by the U. S. Army in 1886. Due to the irregularities in managing these national treasures, Stephen Mather petitioned the government to improve the situation. In response, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane challenged him to lobby for creating a new agency, Mather was successful with the ratification of the National Park Service Organic Act in 1916. Later, the agency was given authority over other protected areas, the National Park System includes all properties managed by the National Park Service
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of the Earths oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, the Mariana Trench in the western North Pacific is the deepest point in the world, reaching a depth of 10,911 metres. Both the center of the Water Hemisphere and the Western Hemisphere are in the Pacific Ocean, the oceans current name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish circumnavigation of the world in 1521, as he encountered favourable winds on reaching the ocean. He called it Mar Pacífico, which in both Portuguese and Spanish means peaceful sea, important human migrations occurred in the Pacific in prehistoric times. Long-distance trade developed all along the coast from Mozambique to Japan and therefore knowledge, extended to the Indonesian islands but apparently not Australia. By at least 878 when there was a significant Islamic settlement in Canton much of trade was controlled by Arabs or Muslims.
In 219 BC Xu Fu sailed out into the Pacific searching for the elixir of immortality, from 1404 to 1433 Zheng He led expeditions into the Indian Ocean. The east side of the ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa in 1513 after his expedition crossed the Isthmus of Panama and he named it Mar del Sur because the ocean was to the south of the coast of the isthmus where he first observed the Pacific. Later, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed the Pacific East to West on a Castilian expedition of world circumnavigation starting in 1519, Magellan called the ocean Pacífico because, after sailing through the stormy seas off Cape Horn, the expedition found calm waters. The ocean was often called the Sea of Magellan in his honor until the eighteenth century, sailing around and east of the Moluccas, between 1525 and 1527, Portuguese expeditions discovered the Caroline Islands, the Aru Islands, and Papua New Guinea. In 1542–43 the Portuguese reached Japan, in 1564, five Spanish ships consisting of 379 explorers crossed the ocean from Mexico led by Miguel López de Legazpi and sailed to the Philippines and Mariana Islands.
The Manila galleons operated for two and a half centuries linking Manila and Acapulco, in one of the longest trade routes in history, Spanish expeditions discovered Tuvalu, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands, and the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific. In the 16th and 17th century Spain considered the Pacific Ocean a Mare clausum—a sea closed to other naval powers, as the only known entrance from the Atlantic the Strait of Magellan was at times patrolled by fleets sent to prevent entrance of non-Spanish ships. On the western end of the Pacific Ocean the Dutch threatened the Spanish Philippines, Spain sent expeditions to the Pacific Northwest reaching Vancouver Island in southern Canada, and Alaska. The French explored and settled Polynesia, and the British made three voyages with James Cook to the South Pacific and Australia and the North American Pacific Northwest, one of the earliest voyages of scientific exploration was organized by Spain in the Malaspina Expedition of 1789–1794.
It sailed vast areas of the Pacific, from Cape Horn to Alaska and the Philippines, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Growing imperialism during the 19th century resulted in the occupation of much of Oceania by other European powers, and later, Japan, in Oceania, France got a leading position as imperial power after making Tahiti and New Caledonia protectorates in 1842 and 1853 respectively. After navy visits to Easter Island in 1875 and 1887, Chilean navy officer Policarpo Toro managed to negotiate an incorporation of the island into Chile with native Rapanui in 1888, by occupying Easter Island, Chile joined the imperial nations
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times, commonly referred to as the Times or LA Times, is a paid daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, since 1881. It was the largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008, the Times is owned by tronc. The Times was first published on December 4,1881, as the Los Angeles Daily Times under the direction of Nathan Cole Jr. and it was first printed at the Mirror printing plant, owned by Jesse Yarnell and T. J. Unable to pay the bill and Gardiner turned the paper over to the Mirror Company. Mathes had joined the firm, and it was at his insistence that the Times continued publication, in July 1882, Harrison Gray Otis moved from Santa Barbara to become the papers editor. Otis made the Times a financial success, in an era where newspapers were driven by party politics, the Times was directed at Republican readers. As was typical of newspapers of the time, the Times would sit on stories for several days, historian Kevin Starr wrote that Otis was a businessman capable of manipulating the entire apparatus of politics and public opinion for his own enrichment.
Otiss editorial policy was based on civic boosterism, extolling the virtues of Los Angeles, the efforts of the Times to fight local unions led to the October 1,1910 bombing of its headquarters, killing twenty-one people. Two union leaders and Joseph McNamara, were charged, the American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, who eventually pleaded guilty. Upon Otiss death in 1917, his son-in-law, Harry Chandler, Harry Chandler was succeeded in 1944 by his son, Norman Chandler, who ran the paper during the rapid growth of post-war Los Angeles. Family members are buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Paramount Studios, the site includes a memorial to the Times Building bombing victims. The fourth generation of family publishers, Otis Chandler, held that position from 1960 to 1980, Otis Chandler sought legitimacy and recognition for his familys paper, often forgotten in the power centers of the Northeastern United States due to its geographic and cultural distance.
He sought to remake the paper in the model of the nations most respected newspapers, notably The New York Times, believing that the newsroom was the heartbeat of the business, Otis Chandler increased the size and pay of the reporting staff and expanded its national and international reporting. In 1962, the paper joined with the Washington Post to form the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service to syndicate articles from both papers for news organizations. During the 1960s, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than its previous nine decades combined, eventually the coupon-clipping branches realized that they could make more money investing in something other than newspapers. Under their pressure the companies went public, or split apart, thats the pattern followed over more than a century by the Los Angeles Times under the Chandler family. The papers early history and subsequent transformation was chronicled in an unauthorized history Thinking Big and it has been the whole or partial subject of nearly thirty dissertations in communications or social science in the past four decades.
In 2000, the Tribune Company acquired the Times, placing the paper in co-ownership with then-WB -affiliated KTLA, which Tribune acquired in 1985
Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild, techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, netting and trapping. Fishing may include catching aquatic animals other than fish, such as molluscs, crustaceans, the term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales where the term whaling is more appropriate. According to United Nations FAO statistics, the number of commercial fishermen. Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people in developing countries, in 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms. In addition to providing food, modern fishing is a recreational pastime, Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to at least the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago. Isotopic analysis of the remains of Tianyuan man, a 40.
Archaeology features such as middens, discarded fish bones, and cave paintings show that sea foods were important for survival. During this period, most people lived a lifestyle and were, of necessity. However, where there are examples of permanent settlements such as those at Lepenski Vir. The British dogger was a type of sailing trawler from the 17th century. The Brixham trawler that evolved there was of a build and had a tall gaff rig. They were sufficiently robust to be able to tow large trawls in deep water, the great trawling fleet that built up at Brixham, earned the village the title of Mother of Deep-Sea Fisheries. The small village of Grimsby grew to become the largest fishing port in the world by the mid 19th century, an Act of Parliament was first obtained in 1796, which authorised the construction of new quays and dredging of the Haven to make it deeper. It was only in the 1846, with the expansion in the fishing industry. The foundation stone for the Royal Dock was laid by Albert the Prince consort in 1849, the dock covered 25 acres and was formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1854 as the first modern fishing port.
The elegant Brixham trawler spread across the world, influencing fishing fleets everywhere, by the end of the 19th century, there were over 3,000 fishing trawlers in commission in Britain, with almost 1,000 at Grimsby. These trawlers were sold to fishermen around Europe, including from the Netherlands, twelve trawlers went on to form the nucleus of the German fishing fleet
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a 70,000 acres protected area designated a National Recreation Area administered by the U. S. Department of the Interiors National Park Service. This section of the river is the core of the historical Minisink region, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was established in 1978 after the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers transferred condemned lands along the Delaware River to the National Park Service. It scuttled controversial plans to build a dam and reservoir along the Delaware near Tocks Island. This project would have established a large lake 37-mile long after flooding the valley, the surrounding land was to be organized as the Tocks Island National Recreation Area. These plans encountered resistance from environmental activists, embittered residents displaced after their property was confiscated by eminent domain. After the costly Vietnam War, government appropriations for the project dwindled in the face of opposition, in addition, a geological safety assessment revealed the dam would be built too close to nearby active fault lines.
The recreation area includes parts of Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, and Monroe, the Appalachian Trail runs along much of the eastern boundary of the park and is maintained and updated by the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference. The park has significant Native American archaeological sites, in addition, a number of structures remain from early Dutch settlement during the colonial period. Outdoor recreational activities include canoeing, camping, cycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and hunting are permitted in season with valid state licenses. The Delaware River is prone to floods—some resulting from snow melt or rain run-off from heavy rainstorms. However, record flooding occurred in August 1955 in the aftermath of two hurricanes that passed over the area within the span of one week. On 19 August 1955, the gauge at Riegelsville, Pennsylvania recorded that the Delaware River reached a crest of 38.85 feet above flood stage. A project to dam the river near Tocks Island was in the works before the 1955 floods, but several deaths and severe damages resulting from these floods brought the issue of flood control to the national level.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the construction of the dam, in addition to flood control and recreation, the dam would be used to generate hydroelectric power and provide a clean water supply to New York City and Philadelphia. Starting in 1960, the area of the Recreation Area was acquired for the Army Corps of Engineers through eminent domain. Approximately 15,000 people were displaced by the condemnation of property along the Delaware River. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 dwellings and outbuildings were demolished in preparation for the dam project and this included many irreplaceable historical sites and structures connected with the valleys Native American and colonial heritage. The plan was embroiled in controversy and engendered strong opposition by environmental groups and it transferred the property to the National Park Service in 1978
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U. S. National Recreation Area located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. Formation of Lake Mead began in 1935, less than a year before Hoover Dam was completed, the area surrounding Lake Mead was established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936. In 1964, the area was expanded to include Lake Mohave and its surrounding area, Lake Mead NRA features water recreation, including boating and fishing, on both lakes as well as the stretches of river between the lakes. It features hiking trails and views of the desert landscape. Three of the four desert ecosystems found in the United States — the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin Desert, tours of Hoover Dam – administered by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation – are a major attraction within the recreation area. About 200,000 acres of the area are managed separately under the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Water covers about 186,000 acres of the recreation area, there are currently nine officially designated wilderness areas under the National Wilderness Preservation System lying within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
All are in the Nevada portion
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a National Recreation Area situated in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur in Murray County. It includes the former Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation District, of the parks 9,888.83 acres, water covers 2,409 acres. The park contains many examples of 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps architecture. CCC workers created pavilions, park buildings, and enclosures for the many natural springs. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area preserves partially forested hills of south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur, as part of the Chickasaw tribes arrangement with the U. S. government, the park does not charge an admission fee. The reservation officially opened to the public April 29,1904, on June 29,1906, Congress re-designated the reservation as Platt National Park, named for the senator, a year after his death. It had the distinctions of being the seventh and smallest national park created in the United States, visitors soon thronged to the new national park.
Both the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway and the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway had built lines to Sulphur. According to the National Park Service, in 1914, Platt had more visitors than either Yellowstone or Yosemite, in the 1930s, crews of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps developed the parks infrastructure, applying then-popular ideas of landscape design to create a tranquil and scenic oasis. The environment built during this time has remained well-preserved, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, Platt National Park was abolished by Congress and made part of the much larger Chickasaw National Recreation Area in 1976, which included Lake of the Arbuckles. In 1983, the city of Sulphur traded the 67-acre Veterans Lake to the area in exchange for a strip of land above the State Highway Seven bridge. Travertine district, embracing the old Platt National Park, is like a city park. A narrow road circles the district, passing by parking areas and picnic grounds, the Travertine Nature Center, swimming holes, and a bison pasture.
Travertine Creek, joined by Rock Creek, flows through the district, rising in Antelope Springs, the springs produce 5 million gallons per day of cool, crystal clear-water and form Travertine Creek which is joined by Rock Creek about 2 miles from its source. A number of fresh water and mineral springs contribute to Travertine and Rock Creek as they flow through Travertine District. Several miles of walking and biking trails wind through the forested creek bottomland. Very popular and often crowded in summer, the Travertine district has been described as an oasis in the Oklahoma prairie, most of the National Recreational Area is taken up by the 2,350 acre Lake of the Arbuckles and the prairie and woodland along its shores. The scenic lake is a water supply reservoir for the city of Ardmore
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
The Glen Canyon NRA was established in 1972 to provide for public use and enjoyment and to preserve the areas scientific and scenic features. The stated purpose of Glen Canyon NRA is for recreation as well as preservation, as such, the area has been developed for access to Lake Powell via 5 marinas,4 camping grounds, two small airports, and houseboat rental concessions. The southwestern end of Glen Canyon NRA in Arizona can be accessed via U. S. Route 89, State Route 95 and State Route 276 lead to the northeastern end of the recreation area in Utah. The current Lake Powell lies above Glen Canyon, which was flooded by the Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966. Lake Powell has nearly 2,000 miles of fish-holding shoreline and provides opportunity to fish for bass, smallmouth bass. Lake Powell National Golf Course Championship is an 18-hole course sitting on a mesa overlooking the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell. Several local marinas provide houseboats, jet skis, fishing gear, the Geology of the area is dominated by the Glen Canyon Group, consisting of the Navajo Sandstone, Kayenta Formation, and Wingate Sandstone.
The entire stratigraphic section included rocks dating from the Cretaceous to Pennsylvanian, with over one million visitors per year, it is inevitable that some will deface the rock faces of the canyon. The Glen Canyon NRA has implemented a program wherein volunteers sign up for a five-day houseboat trip to remove graffiti from the canyon walls
Pacific Coast Ranges
The Pacific Coast Ranges, are the series of mountain ranges that stretch along the West Coast of North America from Alaska south to Northern and Central Mexico. The same term is used informally in Canada to refer to the Coast Mountains and adjoining inland ranges such as the Hazelton Mountains, the coastline is often dropping steeply into the sea with photogenic views. Along the British Columbia and Alaska coast, the mountains intermix with the sea in a maze of fjords. Off the Southern California coast the Channel Islands archipelago of the Santa Monica Mountains extends for 160 miles, on the West coast of North America, the coast ranges and the coastal plain form the margin. Most of the land is made of terranes that have accreted onto the margin. In the north, the belt is an accreted terrane. This belt extends from the Wrangellia Terrane in Alaska to the Chilliwack group of Canada, a rupture in Rodinia 750 million years ago formed a passive margin in the eastern Pacific Northwest. The breakup of Pangea 200 million years ago began the movement of the North American plate.
As the continent drifted West, terranes were accreted onto the west coast, the timing of the accretion of the insular belt is uncertain, although the closure did not occur until at least 115 million years ago. Other Mesozoic terranes that accreted onto the continent include the Klamath Mountains, the Sierra Nevada,80 to 90 million years ago the subducting Farallon plate split and formed the Kula Plate to the North. This formed an area in what is now Northern California, where the plates converged forming a Mélange, North of this was the Columbia Embayment, where the continental margin was east of the surrounding areas. Many of the major batholiths date from the late Cretaceous, as the Laramide Orogeny ended around 48 million years ago, the accretion of the Siletzia terrane began in the Pacific Northwest. This began the activity in the Cascadia subduction zone, forming the modern Cascade Range. Events here may relate to the ignimbrite flare-up of the southern Basin, as extension in the Basin and Range Province slowed by a change in North American Plate movement circa 7 to 8 Million years ago, rifting began on the Gulf of California.
Although many of the ranges do share a common history, the Pacific Coast Ranges province is not defined by geology. However, both are considered part of the Pacific Coast Ranges due to their proximity and similar economic, the Pacific Coast Ranges are home to the largest temperate-latitude icefields in the world. Formally unnamed icefields are not listed List of Pacific Coast Ranges topics Coast Range California Coast Ranges Coast Ranges United States physiographic regions
Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway National Recreation Area is a 26, 607-acre National Recreation Area in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Ten million people visit Gateway annually and it is owned by the United States government and managed by the National Park Service. Kennedy International Airport, along several dozen islands in Jamaica Bay. It includes most of the part of the Rockaway Peninsula. Among the sites in this unit are, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a location for viewing birds and bird migrations, diamondback turtle egg-laying and horseshoe crab mating. Its 9,155 acres are open water, but includes upland shoreline and islands with salt marsh, brackish ponds, woodland. It is the wildlife refuge in the National Park System. Originally created and managed by New York City as a wildlife refuge, all other federally managed areas titled wildlife refuge are managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service under their own specific criteria and standards. Hangar B is open to the public at selected times during the week and programs on the airfields history are available in the former control tower and terminal, since converted into the Ryan Visitor Center, named for William Fitts Ryan.
The former airfield accommodates public camping, with 46 campsites, as of August 2013, Floyd Bennett Field campground provides hot showers and clean modern bathrooms. There is a camp store, still, it is the only public campground maintained by the National Park Service that is within the limits of an American city, and the only legal campground in New York City. The grasslands of Floyd Bennett Field are a place for viewing falcons. Floyd Bennett Field includes a concession housing recreational facilities including a sports arena, within this unit, but still nearby, are Dead Horse Bay, which includes a marina concession, and a golf driving range concession adjacent. Bergen Beach on the shore of Jamaica Bay is nearby and within the units boundary. Canarsie Pier is the latest in a series of recreational piers near this location, between 1917 and 1974, Fort Tilden served as part of the harbors system of defenses, and once housed Nike antiaircraft missiles. Today an observatory deck on one of the old batteries offers spectacular views of Jamaica Bay, New York Harbor, Fort Tilden is one of the best places on New York Harbor to observe hawks during the fall migration.
Breezy Point Tip occupies the westernmost part of the Rockaway peninsula and its 200 acres contain oceanfront beach, bay shoreline, dunes and coastal grasslands. Breezy Point Tip is an area for the threatened piping plover
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Curecanti National Recreation Area, in Colorado, is formed by three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River. The national recreation area borders Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the west, panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep and narrow canyons abound. Recently discovered dinosaur fossils, a 6, 700-acre archeological district, a narrow gauge train, Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorados largest body of water. Created by Blue Mesa Dam, Blue Mesa Reservoir is 20 miles long, has 96 miles of shoreline, Blue Mesa Dam was completed in 1966, becoming the first large dam built along the Gunnison River. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison begins below Blue Mesa Dam.12 miles below Blue Mesa Dam is Morrow Point Dam, Morrow Point Dam was completed in 1967 creating narrow Morrow Point Reservoir. While the primary purpose of Blue Mesa Dam is to store water and it has about twice the power capacity of Blue Mesa Dam. Crystal Dam is a double curvature arch dam located six miles downstream from Morrow Point Dam.
Crystal Dam is the newest of the three dams in Curecanti, construction on the dam was finished in 1976, forming Crystal Reservoir, below Crystal Dam is the East Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Just below East Portal is the boundary of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Cimarron Visitor Center is located in Cimarron, Colorado near Morrow Point Dam, the visitor center has narrow gauge railroad cars and engines on display. Lake Fork Visitor Center is located near Sapinero, Colorado near the Lake Fork Campground, there are two marinas and five boat launches along the shores of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Elk Creek Marina is located near the center at Elk Creek. This marina includes a restaurant and boat launch, Lake Fork Marina is located near Sapinero, Colorado and is nearby both the Lake Fork campground, visitor center, and boat launch. Stevens Creek boat launch Iola boat launch Ponderosa boat launch NEVERSINK The Neversink trail is located nearest to Gunnison on the bank of the Gunnison River near a Great Blue Heron rookery.
This streamside habitat with its heavy undergrowth of grasses, cottonwoods, length,1.5 miles Difficulty, easy This trail is flat and provides easy walking. It is wheel chair accessible, along the trail are a few shady places to rest and open sunny vistas with possible glimpses of bighorn sheep. Good shoes or boots are recommended, carry at least 2 quarts of water per person. Length,4 miles Difficulty, moderately strenuous,600 ft ascent, off Hwy 50,6 miles west of Elk Creek Visitor Center