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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

601 National Highway, NV 89005
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Ranked #220 of 1,058 Attractions in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Deserts, National Parks, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
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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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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My friend and I took her grandson and my two kids here Presidents Day weekend. It was free for the holiday to get it and it wasn't crowded and the weather was warm. We had lunch, fed the fish and played in the water along the shore. Perfect day!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Less than an hour from the strip, you can find this incredibly untouched and lovely lake to spend some time. We couldn't get around the whole lake in a day, but the Boulder section and the area that has the Valley of Fire Park nearby were beautiful. Walking the old railway trail was also a really cool experience. I highly... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We rented a car for under $30/day to take an outdoor excursion while visiting Vegas. We skipped a visit to Hoover Dam as we have visited it before - and knew we could see it from the water - and instead rented a boat from the Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead - $80/2hrs. This was our first time... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We only passed through and wanted to cool off in the lake. We came out of the water feeling dirtier than when we had entered - a full day without a shower, driving and walking around plus being scared witless after skydiving... Mud and seaweed, folks, mud and seaweed.

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Central Saanich, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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