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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 #193 of 1,032 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Central Saanich, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

After a wonderful visit to the Hoover Dam, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip out to Valley of Fire State Park (via the most direct road on the map). Little did we know that there was a $10 park fee (or in my opinion, a toll). The park ranger was great and he gave us a map... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

It's a secluded lake that you pass by on your way to the Grand Canyon from Vegas. Beautiful view, blue waters, and a very nice driving break.

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Irvine, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is a monument to the Works Progress Administration and the will of humankind, as well as one of the engineering marvels of the world. Talking about the Hoover Dam folks, and the amazing Lake that was created by reason of the Dam: Lake Mead. Provides fresh water and hydroelectric power for millions, as well as a unique recreation amenity.... More

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Fontana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had an amazing time. Lake mead seems like its never ending. It was my first time there and its definitely worth the drive out there.

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Niceville, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
25 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We rented a boat and enjoyed the cool water on a hot desert day. It is very relaxing. The views of the mountains and the Hoover Dam from the water are great! is A pontoon boat costs between $80-$100 for 2 hours. Well worth the money!

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Wiltshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went here for the day to get away from the hustle and bustle of Vegas for an afernoon and very glad we did. The lake is very natural and beautiful. We were lucky enough to go on a 'free' day so there was no charge to go into the park. We did the Hoover Dam lake tour on the... More

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Dolan Springs, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is a beautiful place to go Scuba Diving and Boating for everyone young and old alike and you can even Kykak there as well....

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Mesa, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stopped through on the way home from Las Vegas to see the blue blue water. There are no facilities but we weren't there for that. We were there to see the beauty. The water line has receded quite a bit and you can see the evidence of that, nevertheless, still quite pretty and the water is still very blue.

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Shanghai, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lake Mead has no "real" beach. The shore line is either very rocky or very muddy or both. It doesn't help that the water level is amazingly low at this time. Also, there are no real facilities here. No place to change, no bathroom, no snack bar. Maybe it is Ok if you have a boar - but the shore... More

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Chardon Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited the south side of Leak Mead in mid-May with the intention of doing some bird watching. While we did see some with our spotting scope, the water has receded so much that it is hard (long hot walks on old lake bed) to track down the birds. There are places where you can no longer see the lake... More

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