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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Address: NV 89005
Phone Number: 702-293-8906
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Type: Bodies of water, National Parks, Deserts, Visitor centers, Natural history museums, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, Museums
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen...
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Type: Bodies of water, National Parks, Deserts, Visitor centers, Natural history museums, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, 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 impounded by the Hoover Dam. Approximately 30 miles from Las Vegas. Entrance fees charged.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Brighton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband and I drove from the northern entrance station of Lake Mead to the Lake Mead Parkway entrance/exit station on February 6, 2015. This drive took about one hour - we did drive to Echo Bay and Callville Bay which were inactive due to it being the off season. There are numerous scenic views along this drive - mountain... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

In about a half hour from the strip you are in a national park that offers beautiful vistas with ever changing scenery. Though the lake is low you can still get a feel for how large it really is. There are stopping points to pull into and take in the views. Sunsets can be breathtaking. Going through you might see... More 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Took some great pictures. Had a great time. The desert and the mountains along with the lake are breath-taking.

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

There are a few places that are nice to stop at. If you don't mind the drive through the desert, I would recommend stopping at Redstone, the fish hatchery, Rogers Springs, and Hoover Dam. It seemed like a long drive that wouldn't end, though.

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We drove along Lakeshore Dr and stopped at several of the scenic overlooks. Got some excellent photos of a great blue heron. Bring bottled water and sunscreen!

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A huge man made lake created by the construction of Hoover Dam. Hard to imagine a lake this grand surrounded by dessert and mountains. Also hard to imagine the low water levels of this beautiful lake that can be seen by the coloration of the rocks. To think that the lake is actually a swelling of the Colorado River, is... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We took a day trip to Lake Mead, having seen it only from the car on previous visits to Las Vegas. As it's a National Recreation area, our National Parks Pass worked for entry. It's a huge area, and the scenic drive goes northward, but it's long. We had planned on doing that, having heard it offered some of the... More 

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