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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Address: NV 89005
Phone Number: 702-293-8906
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers...
A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. Lake Mead is a huge reservoir impounded by the Hoover Dam. Approximately 30 miles from Las Vegas. Entrance fees charged.
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Beautiful! Wish we had more time here!

Lake Mead is just beautiful. We were just driving through and had to stop and take a few pictures but I wish we had more time here. I would have loved to been able to rent a boat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Lake Mead is just beautiful. We were just driving through and had to stop and take a few pictures but I wish we had more time here. I would have loved to been able to rent a boat and or do a boat tour to see more.

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Mission, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Visited the marina and checked out the boats and marine store. Was too early for lunch or a beer ,but sitting on the resturant patio would be great .drove up the west arm of the lake and did all the lookouts ,very clean with washrooms. Visited the boat ramps to see how far down they have to go to launch... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

With the 100 degree weather in Boulder city, NV, Lake Mead is the place to visit along the way from the Hoover Dam. We visited the Hoover dam, and on our way back, we decided to stop at Lake Mead. The water is just chilly enough to refresh you. Great place to go swimming. They do charge to get into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went fishing with my parents early in the morning & met up with our fishing guide, Mark. He kept us entertained by catching live bait & had us put them in the bait tank. Fishing in the morning it was slow, but in the afternoon we've found a whole school of Striped Bass; thanks to Marks fishing GPS! We've caught... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We are boaters at home in PA so we drove out to Lake Mead to see the lake and marinas, with boating in mind. We rented a small open bow boat at Lake Mead/Las Vegas Boat Harbor for a few afternoon hours and went down the lake to see Hoover Dam from the water side - impressive - and then... More 

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Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My first opportunity to drive the shoreline of the Nevada side of Lake Mead. The lake levels are so depleted that the water is far in the distance in each of my photos. It will take Noah's flood to revive the lake, but hopefully the drought will end soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Just about 20 miles away from the madness of the Las Vegas Strip you can be out on a boat in a pristine desert wildnerness. Lake Mead, created when Hoover Dam down the road blocked the Colorado River, is the largest man-made reservoir in the country. So you have a beautiful sinuous lake in the middle of the desert. Because... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Unfortunately, this is an absolutely beautiful location. However, it has significant deterrents to a fun day with the family. Read their website warnings if you like, but here's what I can confirm as a local attempting to enjoy this National Park. First, the Boulder swim beach is very rocky and has lots of broken glass on the "sand." So I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great view of the lake and good visitors area. The facilities around the lake are nice and the park is very pretty. It shows you the desert and the lake in a very natural state and you can take your time to sail in the lake and walk the trails around it.

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Valparaiso, Indiana, Usa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

A good basic, if long, hike is the old railway trail. Hikes like the Liberty Arch, we never found, and when we went back after 2 days of trying (great hiking, just never found trail, hike) we were told by ranger, I've never found either ! The lake is slowlly emptying, so we check this out every year. The GREAT... More 

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