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

Could be very cold and very windy or may be a nice sunny day with no wind with highs in the 70s. Impossible to say today, if you have to decide today I'd say no, if you can decide Day of I'd say if it's a great day do it.

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

Dez40 - re the suggestion of Willow Beach, I have read a few times on here you are not allowed to go to the foot of Hoover Dam on that side which is why i always rent boats on Lake Mead. Is this wrong ?

And if so, how close can you get as ive been dying to do that.

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

Nothing like a beautiful day on lake mead. Clear blue skies not a cloud to be seen on that 50 degree day. Yeah this a crazy idea, unless your into fishing.

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

From the Lake Mead side, there are bouys so you can't get right up to the dam.You see it in the distance.

From the river side. its the same. You can get close and see the bypass bridge, but there are bouys to keep you from getting too close to the dam. It is really impressive.

Look at about the 55 second mark on this video. It also shows the hotsprings I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gai5SiEYVXE

There are boating restrictions on Sunday and Monday for powerboats up canyon from Willow.

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/10016639…

Edited: 5:26 pm, October 11, 2017
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15. Re: Is it crazy to rent a boat on Lake Mead at end of December?

WOW - That is superb. Ive done the Lake Mead side loads of times but this has given me a new purpose now, though i think i will give it a miss in December and wait to my summer trip.

Is it easy enough to get to the likes of Laughlin etc going the other way as i notice there are a few rapid warnings ? Also if we go to Laughlin, are there places to moor and get out for a while ?

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

You can't get to Laughlin, as Davis Dam is in the way.Laughlin is below Davis Dam. You might be able to drive the boat to Katherine Landing and get a taxi over to Laughlin(but I'm not completely sure of that!)

From Laughlin to Havasu on the river is another nice trip. There are commercial tours that do that.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

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

I would pass on it. Travel during summer to northern MN for the lakes. We have 14,000.

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

Cheers Dez. Ive just noticed you cant get right up to the bouys to see the dam in all its glory on a motorized boat and that you would need a kayak/canoe for that. That would be the main reason for doing it so not so sure now...... :-(

Apologies to OP for going a little off topic btw.

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

Mike45LC, if you were born before '83 you don't need the education course.

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

You can see on google maps there is a berm or a rope right about where the Tillman bridge is. Definitely not getting by that with a boat.

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