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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada saw a 43 percent drop in average visitation during the 16-day government shutdown last fall.

A report released Monday by the National Park Service says the number of visitors in October fell to about 267,000, down from a three-year monthly average of 473,000.

The analysis says that decline resulted in a drop of $8.4 million in visitor spending.

Not every national park in the country was included in the report, so it's unknown what affect the shutdown had on Great Basin National Park along the Nevada-Utah line.

A separate report on national park visitations in 2012 shows nearly 95,000 people visited Great Basin that year, spending nearly $5 million.

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