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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 #191 of 1,031 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Shanghai, China
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Midland, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Just did the scenic drive along the north shore of Lake Mead up to Valley of Fire State Park. Perfect way to spend a day away from the casinos. The drive is very scenic and there was essentially no traffic. We took about an hour to drive to Valley of Fire SP with a few stops along the way for... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Jetski on Lake Mead - 5 STARS (= world class attraction) One of the most fun things to do in the summer months......Awesome! BUT Lake Mead Boat Rentals - 1 STAR (=terrible) Run like a government operation. No competition on the lake leads to horrible service! Had to wait 90 min for our jetskis (while 7 or 8 broken skis... More

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Western Canada
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have done this 5 years in row now and had great experiences each time. We have rented the pontoon boat each time and find them spacious, well maintained, and fun. You can boat up to Hoover Dam, the water is warm, and there are many little coves where you can drop anchor , enjoy the scenery, and swim for... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

When you're looking for peace and quiet away from the Las Vegas Strip, head to Lake Mead. When I was there, it was so quiet and there were very few other people, so it was really peaceful. Head to the Lake Mead Marina and see the amazing fish by the boardwalk. Then make for the visitor centre and walk down... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went to Lake Mead Boat Harbour for my wifes 30th birthday. Great experience, we hired a patio boat which was big enough for about 10 people and 2 jet skis. Staff were all very helpful and friendly. We made the mistake of staying out a little too long on the jet skis, (I was looking for the Hoover Dam, went... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a great and very informative information centre and from the centre you get amazing lake views. It has a small shop/info centre and toilets. A must if you are in the area.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every year lake mead water levels continue to drop to all time lows for each year. The marina located closest to boulder city, keeps getting pushed out because of the water levels. The park is so nice, I have taken the trials that led you through a couple of old train tunnels to hoover dam. If you get the chance... More

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Love this place for family trips unlike other lakes filled with party people... It is serene... It's just a shame that the water level is extremely low.

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