Death Valley National Park, known for being the driest place in the United States, is offering a rare kayaking experience. This comes after excessive rainfall led to the formation of a temporary lake in Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. 

The park, which usually receives about 2 inches of rain annually, has recorded 4.9 inches in the past six months. Park officials are encouraging visitors to take advantage of this unusual event, although some backcountry roads remain closed.

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Unique Kayaking Opportunity in Death Valley National Park

In a surprising turn of events, Death Valley National Park is now a hotspot for kayaking enthusiasts. Thanks to heavy rains, a temporary lake has formed in Badwater Basin, a spot usually known as a dry salt flat. This rare occurrence has transformed the typically arid area into an unexpected aquatic adventure zone.

Badwater Basin, lying at the lowest elevation in North America, 282 feet below sea level, is witnessing this unique phenomenon. According to CNN, Death Valley National Park averages only about 2 inches of rain per year and has received more than double that amount in the last six months. This influx of water is primarily due to two major rain events, including the remnants of Hurricane Hilary and an atmospheric river.

Park ranger Abby Wines explained that such an event is very rare, as Death Valley typically has a higher evaporation rate than water flow. The temporary lake, informally named Lake Manly, is about 6 miles long and 3 miles wide but only 1 foot deep. It was deep enough for kayaking for a few weeks. Although flash floods initially damaged the park's roads, most main roads are now open, making it an ideal time for visitors.

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Death Valley National Park welcomes guests to explore this unusual sight. However, park rangers advise visitors to be mindful of the fragile desert environment and follow park rules. Visitors are encouraged to use established pathways and be careful when parking on road shoulders.

Accommodations such as hotels and most campgrounds in the park are open. However, visitors must bring their kayaking gear, as rentals are unavailable. 

'Long-Lasting' Temporary Lake Under Observation

Death Valley National Park in California is currently home to a temporary lake that has lasted much longer than usual. Normally, this kind of lake in the park only stays for a few weeks due to the intense heat, which causes rapid evaporation. However, this particular lake, found in the park's Badwater Basin, has remained for over six months, baffling park rangers.

Live Science reported that the lake's extended presence is mainly due to unusually high rainfall in the region. The persistence of this lake is a rare occurrence, exciting both park staff and visitors. Park rangers continue to monitor the lake, which has become a notable feature of Death Valley National Park this year.

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