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Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

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Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

How cold is it, and are we going to still have fun zipping around the lake for a few hours, or freeze our butts off?

If not too crazy, what's the best place to rent from and how much for 8 people?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

First thing you should do is Google a marina or two to see if they're even open that time of year.

Second thing you should do is forget this crazy idea.

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2. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

Cold.

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3. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

Daytime high temp may break 50 degrees. That plus the cold dry wind on the lake would make it unpleasant, IMO, and too cold for a "Pam and Tommy" reenactment...

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4. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

I've jet skied on Lake Mead in January a few times. It was definitely wetsuit time! And nobody around.

If the marina is open and renting boats then, another trip to consider is renting a boat at Willow Beach and ride up Black Canyon to the base of Hoover Dam, stopping at the hotsprings on the way for a soak.

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5. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

It only gets colder in January;-)

Since you probably won't have the right clothing, your most comfortable option would be a house boat.

Make sure at least one of your party has passed your state's boater education course. Without that you aren't gonna get a boat.

Personally, love the crappie and striper fishing in December!

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6. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

There is no boater education requirement in Arizona. So, you can rent on that side of the border.

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7. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

Thank you all. I had a hunch about that cold thing...should I assume there aren't any boat cruises open at that time of year either? How else can we enjoy the Lake Mead area? We are into the natural beauty, mild adventure stuff. I ruled out rafting because of the temps too. We will have 4 kids with us 7-11 yrs old. Thank you!

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8. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

I don't think NV has any boater education requirement. At least, I've never been asked about it when renting a boat at Lake Mead.

Compared to IL, it might not be too cold. But that is not my idea of fun, and they don't let you build a campfire on the boat.

I'd say this is not a good idea, unless we have some very unseasonable weather.

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9. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

Does the paddle boat go in the winter? If so, you might be able to stay indoors with occasional forays out onto the deck.

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10. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

Check out Valley of Fire - it's in the area.

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