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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Address: 601 National Highway, NV 89005
Phone Number: 702-293-8906
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Ranked #93 of 688 Attractions in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Deserts, National Parks, Bodies of Water, Museums, Nature & Parks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Deserts, National Parks, Bodies of Water, Museums, Nature & Parks, Traveler Resources
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 older children, Activities for young children
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Maine
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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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Montville, New Jersey
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315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I explored Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the fall. I needed to get away from the tables and get some serenity. It's only about a hours drive to the lake. I heard about the scenic drives through the lake area and decided to go that route. I'd suggest visiting the Alan Bible Visitor's Center first. They have exhibits, interactive... More 

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Marina, California
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We often go through Lake Mead National Recreation Area to avoid going through Las Vegas but this time we had the added bonus of having very little traffic. There wasn't any snow, it had all melted in the day or so since the storm but it was beautiful anyway. If you get the chance, try the Winter months for a... More 

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CA
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We drove through this area from Henderson to Overton, and it was amazingly beautiful in the late afternoon sun. Very few people on the road, and dazzling colored rock formations. We'll be back with more time for photos. Only downside - a very surly park ranger at the entry gate.

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New Jersey
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The view of the lake along the desert habitat made me wish I could paint. It was an easy ride, nice weather, and you didn't have to walk a lot. Stop in the visitor center before you go. They will give you a map to show you the scenic views and where you have to stop and park the car.... More 

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Utah
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have been reading recommendations for this hike (Railroad Tunnel Trail) for year and finally tried it. You can walk, on a level trail overlooking Lake Mead from Boulder City to Hoover Dam. How cool is that!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

On a usual sunny Sunday, my boyfriend and I wanted to get out and explore the Lake Mead area. We went to the tunnel trails - awesome spot for walking, hiking or riding bikes. The trails obviously were not paved but were in great condition for how much use they see everyday! We decided to try the tunnel trails for... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ifyou get a chance to rent a boat and take a drive to the dam, it's absolutely gorgeous. From the top looking down was beautiful, try sitting on a boat looking up. We visited twice and rented a boat and sped around Meads lake. One year with the kids. They enjoyed it and swam in the water. Beautiful. The carps... More 

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