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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

601 National Highway, NV 89005
702-293-8906
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As featured in 3 days in Las Vegas
Ranked #173 of 1,023 attractions in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bodies of Water, National Parks, Deserts, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Natural History Museums
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. Lake Mead is a huge reservoir... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Corona, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I haven’t been to Lake Mead in over 15 years. My family and I got out of boating because our kids were heavily involved in club sports. Most of the kids are off at college and we recently purchased another boat. This fall, the baby of the family is off to college so we decided to visit Lake Mead over... More

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Pinehurst, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Every year the level of the recreation area (lake) drops and gets worse and worse. We stopped this year and found lake levels significantly lower than last year. Water line was farther out and was a bit cloudy. While I enjoy this location, I think I'll move to another location next year.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Depends on the area one is reviewing, but personally i enjoyed a drive on the north Shore of Lake meade from Las Vegas Bay area up to Callville Bay, through Echo Pay, Rogers Spring and Blue Point Spring, departing to visit the Valley of Fire State Park. My only complaint is you pay 10 dollars a car load for Lake... More

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Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We enjoyed Lake Mead from the decks of the Desert Princess (faux-)paddle steamer. The lake is huge, the surrounding shoreline impressive and craggy. When we visited, the lake was quite low, showing up as a series of whitish "tide-marks" along the rocks. Not good locally for the environment or water stocks, but made for some great photos. Plenty of bird-life... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Riding a waverunner on Lake Mead is a blast. Throw in seeing monumental Hoover Dam from the lake point of view makes one unforgettable experience! For a change, we rented a car on this trip to Las Vegas. Car rental at LAS airport was cheap, $18/day, however, the surprisingly high airport tax and surcharges doubled expense. Renting at hotel or... More

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Fallon, Nevada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We came to Las Vegas for a few days. We wanted to go kayaking. We found Matt at Riverdogz. He took us on Sunday for a half day at Willow Beach. He was an excellent guide and very helpful at the lake. He catered to us and treated us like royalty. I highly recommend Riverdogz. I wish I could give... More

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Gainesville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We thought we'd just visit the water's edge while we were here. We have an annual national park pass that allowed us free admission or we wouldn't have stopped here - we didn't really have anything to do as we were leaving Hoover Dam so we thought we'd stop at the largest lake. Water is down really low right now... More

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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We were just passing through the park, going from Hover Dam to Fire Valley State Park. The water is very low, but there were still people fishing and boating all over. The drive through the park was nice, not a lot of people on the road, and you can see the lake almost all the way through. If you do... More

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Effingham, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is lovely to drive through. We enjoyed seeing the rock formations, and desert hot springs. There was a warning sign, at the natural hot springs, not to drink the water as it was not safe. We had been to Hoover Dam and were driving back to Las Vegas when we stopped at the visitors... More

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Powell, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Oh what a difference 30 years make. It is hard to believe it is the same place. So, without dwelling on the past, or discussing the reasons for the drop in water level, here's the review. As the water level drops in Lake Mead, the shoreline moves toward the center of the lake. I would estimate the beach to be... More

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