Map of Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada and Arizona
Basic information for visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Near Las Vegas in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Near Las Vegas in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.
The 1.5-million-acre national recreation area, the nations first, draws nearly 10 million visitors a year. Boating, fishing, and swimming are available on the two huge lakes formed by the Hoover and Davis dams. Three of Americas four desert ecosystems—the Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran deserts—meet at Lake Mead. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, ringtail cats, desert tortoise, numerous lizards, and snakes all can be found in the recreation area. The area is administered under agreements with the Bureau of Reclamation signed in 1936 and 1947. It was established as a national recreation area in 1964.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto touring, boating (rentals), canoeing, diving, fishing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, sailing, sunbathing, swimming, waterskiing. Facilities: Visitor center (4 mi northeast of Boulder City, NV, on U.S. 93), 8 contact stations (Lake Mead: Callville Bay, Echo Bay, Las Vegas Bay, and Overton Beach in NV; Temple Bar in AZ. Lake Mohave: Cottonwood Cove in NV, Katherine and Willow Beach in AZ), marinas, beaches, trails. Bookstore, fuel. Programs & Events: Ranger-led programs and hikes, paddle-wheel tour boats to Hoover Dam, rafting tours. Lecture series (Jan.-Apr.). Tips & Hints: Summer temperatures reach 120°F in the shade. Go Oct-May for best hiking weather. Busiest June and July, least crowded Nov. and Dec.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: 7 campgrounds ($10; flush toilets) in the park: Boulder Beach (154 sites), Callville Bay (80 sites), Las Vegas Bay (89 sites), Cottonwood Cove (149 sites), Katherine Landing (173 sites), Echo Bay (166 sites), Temple Bar (153 sites). Backcountry camping allowed. E3 Hotels: In the park: Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina (tel. 702/ 297-1464; 24 rooms; $108), Echo Bay Resort (tel. 702/394-4000; 52 rooms; $90-$105), Lake Mead Lodge (tel. 702/293-2074; 33 rooms; $75), Lake Mohave Resort (at Katherine Landing, tel. 928/754-3245; 49 rooms; $85), Temple Bar Marina (tel. 928/767-3211; 18 rooms, 4 cabins; $55-$ 115). X Restaurants: In the park: Snack bars or restaurants at all marinas. & Groceries & Gear: Grocery and supply stores at all marinas.
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee (good for 5 days): $3 per person or $5 per vehicle; $10 per vessel for lake use. Recreation area open daily. Visitor center open daily 8:30-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
The visitor center is 27 mi east of Las Vegas via U.S. 93. Other lake access available via 1-15 north of Las Vegas, U.S. 95 south of Las Vegas, and U.S. 93 in Arizona. Closest airports: Las Vegas, Bullhead City, AZ.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (601 Nevada Hwy., Boulder City, NV 89005, tel. 702/293-8907; 702/293-6180 paddle boat tours, fax 702/ 293-8936,).
Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Basic information for visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Near Las Vegas in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona