Lake Mead

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the most popular natural attractions in the American Southwest. Located a short drive away from Las Vegas, Nevada, this destination has a unique blend of deserts, canyons and freshwater basins. From hiking and boating to birding and fishing, there are plenty of exciting outdoor activities available at this area that's managed by the National Park Service. The lake also plays an important as a reservoir for the massive Hoover Dam. Click to book Lake Mead Cruises.

Activities and Amenities

Lake Mead
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The Alan Bible Visitor Center offers a variety of resources for tourists visiting Lake Mead. You can pick up free maps and brochures at this modern facility. A relief map with detailed geographical features of the entire recreation area is displayed in the main exhibit. You can also learn about the local geology, animals and other interesting topics relating to the lake. The marinas at Lake Mead offer several types of boats for rent, including fishing-type vessels and houseboats for a dozen passengers. Several companies also operate cruises to the Hoover Dam. Convenience stores, fueling stations, snack bars and cafes are available at the Boulder Basin, East Lake and Lake Mohave marinas. If you'd like to explore some of the hidden creeks and other scenic waterways, you'll need to rent or bring your own canoes and kayaks. Black Canyon has some of the best water trails for such watercraft. The lake is also one of America's premier destinations for freshwater scuba diving. Some popular locations for such diving include Scuba Beach, Cathedral Cove and Boulder Basin. There are also dozens of hiking trails around the lake, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenic landscapes by foot. From the River Mountains Loop and Owl Canyon to the Wetlands and Redstone, there are lots of trails available for hikers of all skill levels. Click to book Lake Mead Cruises.

Animals and Nature

Lake Mead is home to several common fish species that are accessible to fishermen with the appropriate licenses. The Striped Bass is perhaps the most abundant fish in the lake. You're also allowed to catch Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and channel catfish. Having protected status, the Razorback Sucker is off access to visitors. Throughout the year, the national recreation area is a resting ground for more than 200 bird species. As the symbol of the United States, the Bald Eagle perhaps has flagship status in this popular natural attraction. The Western Tanager, Great Horn Owl and American Coot also soar over the lake. The deserts surrounding the lake are ideal habitats for reptiles and amphibians. The Desert Iguana and Desert Tortoise are some of the animals that you might spot along the hiking trails. Don't be intimated if you see the King Snake, which isn't venomous. However, several species of rattlesnakes have been spotted in the area. Additionally, the Gila Monster and Relict Leopard Frog are scattered throughout the deserts. Some of the most notable mammals that live in this national recreation area include the Desert Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Lion. More than a dozen bat species also live in the caves within the region's beautiful canyons and mountains. There are a number of hot springs in the canyons along the Black Canyon Water Trail such as the Arizona Hot Spring and Goldstrike Hot Spring. These natural springs can reach temperatures that exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit and usually have a distinct green hue that's caused by algae. Having a relatively uniform temperature throughout the year, the Rogers Spring is another is oasis in the park.

Visiting Lake Mead

Lake Mead is on the Colorado River, about 24 miles from the Vegas Strip, southeast of the city of Las Vegas,in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Safety Message: Please show your love for public lands by following Leave No Trace principles.

Location: Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada

Click here to visit Lake Mead official website.

Published On: 2019-01-04
Updated On: 2020-02-06

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