Lake Mead National Recreation Area
A short drive north of Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona is a 67-mile stretch of the Colorado River called Lake Mohave. The lake is comparatively narrow, not more than 4 miles across at its widest point. It is confined for most of its length between the steep walls of Pyramid, Painted, Eldorado and Black canyons.
Lake Mohave, behind Davis Dam, is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service. Lake Mohave is a habitat for fish and wildlife; it also captures and delays the discharge of flash floods from side washes below Hoover Dam.
The area around the Lake Mohave and along the Colorado River below Davis Dam also provides a multitude of recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, camping, picnicking, exploring, auto touring, photography and "just plain relaxing."
There are hundreds of beaches that can only be accessed by boat. In the summer, boaters seek out their own private beach site for a base camp from which they then swim, water ski and relax. If you like to fish, Rainbow Trout are found in the cool, clear waters at the upper end of Lake Mohave, while Largemouth and Striped Bass are taken from the lower reaches of the lake. A fishing license from either Arizona or Nevada, to which a special-use stamp from the opposite state is attached, is required for those wishing to fish on Lake Mead or Lake Mohave.
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Facilities for public use are located at Katherine's Landing, in Arizona near Davis Dam, and at Cottonwood Cove, east of Searchlight, Nevada. Boats and jet skis can be rented at Katherine's Landing. (Lake Mohave Resort - (928) 754-3245)
Public campgrounds are available at both locations where concessionaires provide trailer parks, restaurants, lodging, docking facilities, boat and fishing tackle equipment, and fishing licenses.
Willow Beach, 31 miles upstream on the Arizona shore, has gas for boats and is being updated because it is in a flood zone. Check with Rangers for the latest update.
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Fees & Rates
Entrance fees are for entrance into Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Current locations are East Lake Mead Drive, East Lake Mead Blvd., Boulder Beach and Katherine Landing. Additional locations will be added in future projects. Holders of annual passes will be authorized to enter the park through the far right hand lane of the entrance station.
Please refer any questions to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Fee Management Office at 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, Nevada 89005 or phone (702) 293-8906.
Vital Statistics and Map
Lake Mohave Reservoir
- Surface Area: 44 square miles (114 square kilometers)
- Length: 67 miles (108 kilometers)
- Max. Lake Elevation: 647 feet (197 meters)
- Capacity: 1,818,300 acre-feet (2,242,853,000 cubic meters
- Length: 67 miles (108 kilometers)
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Laughlin - Lake Mohave - Colorado River
In the summer, Katherine's Landing at the southern end of Lake Mohave is a hub of activity. It has fuel, a general store, a restaurant and a snack bar. The Colorado River south of the dam offers many recreational opportunities. Take a look at this river destination!
Lake Mead - Houseboating & Viewing Hoover Dam
In October of 2009, DesertUSA rented a houseboat to explore the western part of Lake Mead. Our first stop was the Hoover Dam off the Boulder Basin. Without Hoover Dam, Lake Mead wouldn't exist today. Come along with DesertUSA staff as they explore Lake Mead and check out Hoover Dam. Take a look at the cove where we camped, and the Bighorn Sheep encounter we had there!
Due to the shale deposits which slope gently to the river here, Lees Ferry was the only place to cross the Colorado River for 260 miles until the Navajo Bridge was built across Marble Canyon in 1927. Join DesertUSA as we explore this historic site.
The completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963 created Lake Powell. It took another 14 years to fill the lake. With almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, and five marinas, Lake Powell has become a major attraction for millions of visitors from all over the world. Take a look at Lake Powell and enjoy this desert combination of red sandstone formations, water and clear blue skies.
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