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Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is one of the most scenic outdoor attractions near Las Vegas in Boulder City – roughly a 40-minute drive away from the Strip.

For a city that is known for its buzzing nightlife, magical resorts and magnificent desert landscape, it does come as a surprise for many visitors that the area is home to such an expansive lake area.

Lake Mead, National Recreation Area, Camping, Boat Rental & Map, NV

The lake, which is located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, spans more than 1.5 million acres and has a jaw-dropping 820 miles of shoreline, making it one of the most amazing destinations for outdoor lovers in the area.

One of the most fascinating facts about the lake is that it is among the largest man-made lakes in the Western Hemisphere, the perfect getaway for thrill-seekers touring the resort city. What makes this lake so unique is its location right at the intersection of three distinct desert ecosystems. They include Mojave, Sonoran, and The Great Basin.

As expected, the lake is home to many plant and animal species, with quite a number being exclusive to Lake Mead. Look out for the bighorn sheep and the desert tortoise – two of the most ubiquitous animals around the lake. Additionally, there are lots of fun activities to enjoy in the outdoors.

With all-year-round recreational options, it is easy to see why this family-friendly attraction is worth visiting. For water sports lovers, you can go kayaking and jet-skiing to enjoy the sheer exhilaration that goes along with it. Alternatively, enjoy swimming in the lake’s waters as you marvel at the stunning landscapes around it. You can also enjoy fishing anywhere around the lake.

A trip to Lake Mead is incomplete without exploring Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach. This idyllic spot is perfect for paddling, boating, swimming, and even camping. The park’s campgrounds provide great accommodation options at excellent rates, plus there is wireless internet onsite!

Visitors must note that the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has entry fees and charges for using the lake. You can purchase passes at the different entrance points for a seamless holiday.

The lake is open all year long, and there is a Visitor Center for those who would like to learn more about the region.

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Lake Mead Visitor Center
Mon - Sun: 9am - 4:30pm

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Entrance Fees
Annual Vehicle, Motorcycle or Individual: $45 (1 year from month of purchase)
Daily Vehicle: $25 per vehicle (7 consecutive days)
Daily Motorcycle: $20 (7 consecutive days)
Daily Individual (walking, cycling): $15 (7 consecutive days)

Vessel Fees
Annual Vessel Sticker: $50 per vessel (1 calendar year)
Annual Vessel Sticker Senior/Access: $25 per vessel (1 calendar year)
Daily Vessel: $16 per vessel (7 consecutive days)
Daily Vessel Senior/Access: $8 per vessel (7 consecutive days)

Camping Fees
Group Camping: $80 (12-30 people)
Regular camping: $20 per site
Regular camping Senior/Access: $10 per site

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