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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Description - Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. With 1.5 million acres, it is twice the size of Rhode Island. The area's huge lakes provide opportunities for boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert caters for hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers.

Three of America's four desert ecosystems, the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts meet in the Lake Mead NRA. As a result, this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world. Established October 8, 1964. The area is home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, ringtail cats, desert tortoise, numerous lizards and snakes, and a wealth of bird species. Threatened and endangered species such as the desert tortoise and peregrine falcon are found here, as well as ancient Colorado River fish species.

A long geological history can be seen from the 1.8 billion year-old gneiss of Black Canyon to the lava flows capping Fortification Hill formed about 6 million years ago during the last Ice Age.

A good place to start your visit is the Alan Bible Visitor Center, four miles northeast of Boulder City, Nevada on U.S. 93. The park staff can help plan your stay and give you up-to-date information on park activities and services. Exhibits, books, brochures, and topographical maps and nautical charts are available. An outdoor botanical garden displays some of the area's interesting desert trees, shrubs, and cactuses.

Attractions - The Lake Mead National Recreation Area consists of Lake Mead, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, and Lake Mojave, downstream from Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Lake Mead has 20,993 acres of land available for public use. These public areas include 11 campgrounds with 1,636 developed campsites, 305 RV hookups, 900 mobile home sites, 11 boat launch ramps, 87 boat launch lanes, three marinas with long term boat storage, slips, cafes and stores.

Lake Mojave comprises 60 miles of shoreline and abounds in rainbow trout and lunker bass, due to the bountiful supply of the threadfin shad, a staple for game fish. Fishing season is year-round in the Lake Mead Recreation Area, fishing from either side of the Lakes and Colorado River with a reciprocal stamp purchased from either Arizona or Nevada.

Recreation - Lake Mead and the region surrounding it support a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and anglers while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers and roadside sightseers. Fishing season is year-round in the Lake Mead Recreation Area, fishing from either side of the Lakes and Colorado River with a reciprocal stamp purchased from either Arizona or Nevada.

Climate - Lake Mead was created in a desert setting. Warm to hot temperatures and rugged terrain make sturdy shoes, brimmed hats and sunscreen are year-round necessities.

Location - Lake Mead is located in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. It was created as part of the Colorado River dam system to supply the southwestern United States with water.

Directions from Las Vegas: Take U.S. Highway 93 south, next transfer onto Interstate 15 in Nevada.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.

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Filed By: Mark (Las Vegas, NV)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Not a bad lake to fish, however shore access is extremely limited which I don't understand since it has miles of shoreline. Fishing is good as long as you have a boat. Way too crowded to fish on shore during warmer months. Striper and largemouth fishing fair. Watch out for idiot jetskiers. Lots of other recreational opportunities as well...

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching
ICON Boating
ICON Sailing
ICON Camping
ICON Nature Study
ICON Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Plant Identification
ICON Wildflower Identification
ICON Canoeing
ICON Kayaking
ICON Picnicking
ICON Swimming & Waterplay
ICON Viewing Scenery
ICON Viewing Wildlife

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Contact Information:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, U.S. National Park Service, 601 Nevada Highway , Boulder City, NV, 89005, Phone: 702-293-8907

Additional Information:
Las Vegas Region - Located in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Region offers more than just gambling. Visitors to the area can experience the natural beauty and wildlife of areas such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park and the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park to name but a few.
Nevada Lakes and Reservoirs - There are several lakes and reservoirs located within Nevada. This provides opportunities for visitors to participate in varying recreational activities such a waters sports and fishing.
Nevada National Forests and Parks - The Humboldt -Toiyabe National Forest, is the largest national Forest outside the State of Alaska. Areas of this immense National Forest are scattered throughout Nevada. There are many opportunities to participated in a wide variety of recreational activities.


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