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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 #163 of 1,000 attractions in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Orange, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

In April, I decided to take my family to Lake Mead for boating on my son's spring break. At the same time, 4 of my co workers has same schedule with mine and they were highly interested in this trip with me. We rented 3 pontoons for 5 families in Lake Mead, the pontoons we rented is far better than... More

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Poteet, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This place makes a traveler wish they lived in the area. The view of this lake is stunning and awe inspiring. The locals must really enjoy the recreation here! I was absolutely in awe of this lake which is immense and beautiful. I would love to live in an area that offered such a beautiful retreat!

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a 4.4 mile level easy hike/walk with fantastic views of Lake Meade all along the trail. The trail is the original railroad bed used to transport equipment and supplies for the building of Hoover Dam. It can be best described as packed gravel suitable for walking and biking. There is little or no elevation gain on the hike... More

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Arlington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We hiked along the old railroad trail. It was a little rocky but flat. It also went through tunnels where the train used to go through, which was cool to see. It was right by Hoover Dam so very convenient to hike here after we toured the Dam.

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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Quick night's camping at the Boulder Beach site. $20 for dry camping (no showers in bathroom). Clean, spacious sites; clean bathrooms (no hand soap - bring your own). Nice location with pretty views of the mountains and great stars at night.

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Lady Lake, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We took this drive to get off the Interstate. There is not much to see. Access to the lake is gained by offshoot roads.You can see it well on certain pull-offs. It was a nice break from following behind semi trucks.

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Houston, TX
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Whenever we visit Las Vegas we always take a drive to either Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Calico Basin, the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon or Mount Charleston. It does the soul good! This time we checked out Lake Mead Marina. It was a nice, peaceful drive, with several stopping points to take pictures. Cost was $10, but the... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We drove along the lake on our way from Vegas to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon in mid-January. Their is a $10 fee which buys a National Parks Service 7 day pass which does not cover Nevada Sate Parks (like Valley of Fire) or the Grand Canyon, but was worth it anyways. We did not have to pay... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When you get the working blues take a break from it all. Jump in the car and drive 45 minutes to an awesome lake. Where you can do boating, Lake mead cruise for dinner or just put your feet in the water.

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Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Most people think of Lake Mead for its boating, but we spent two great days hiking in the southern part of Lake Mead, around Boulder City. There is some great scenery, canyons, hot springs, great geological features. We did a 4 mile hike up Fortification Hill - requiring a high clearance vehicle to make a 5 mile dirt road drive.... More

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