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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Lake mead is only 5 miles east of henderson, nv. There are numerous pavillions for picnicing, rv areas for weekend extended stay visits, and many places to enjoy the shore line. The marina is a sweet place to have lunch with the family. Very reasonable. Plenty of beautiful scenery for fabulous pics. Entrance admission nominal fee like any state park.... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Take a short drive out of Vegas drive along the edge of the lake to the marina at the Hoover dam end of the lave take some bread walk out along the jetty and feed the fish you will be amazed at how big and how many fish appear there is a small café to enjoy a drink. Then make... More 

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Hinckley, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A beautiful drive minutes from Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Worth driving through to see the azure blue water and to get to the Valley of Fire State Park. Not much else do there during the week and off season when we were there.. Maybe in season there is more to do. Just a few cafes to eat at and... More 

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springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A wide trail with only 600 feet of elevation. Great views of Lake Mead, benches to sit on to admire the view and impressive old railroad tunnels to walk through. A total of 5 tunnels if you hike the trail to the restrooms and picnic tables. Restrooms were out of TP and hand sanitizer, so come prepared. An easy 5... More 

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