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Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead
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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. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. Three of America's four desert ecosystems--the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts--meet in 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.

Seasons & Hours

  • Open year-round, 24 hours, 7 days a week with peak use in the summer.
  • Visitor Center: Open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

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Visitor Center

Alan Bible Visitor Center
Is located 4 miles northeast of Boulder City, Nevada on U.S. Route 93. The bookstore offers exhibits, books, brochures and topographical maps and nautical charts. It is managed by Southwest Parks and Monuments Association. The park staff can help plan your stay and give you up-to-date information on park activities and services. The new Alan Bible Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Please call 702-293-8990 for more information. The Visitor Center will be closed the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Programs
Programs include a winter lecture series, ranger-led programs and hikes, paddle- wheel tour boat ride to Hoover Dam, Black Canyon raft trip.

Whats Happening Now Lake Mead --- Photos from Instagram

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Where to Stay

Motels hotels and Camping
Houseboats for Rent

Maps
Maps and weather information

Things to Do

Houseboats on the lake

Boating, Wildflower, Hiking, walking, and driving tour
River and lake reports.
Spring 2013 Park Newspaper

 
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Highway
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
702-293-8907

EXPLORE THE COLORADO RIVER

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River

Colorado
Basin

Glen Canyon
Dam

Hoover
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Davis Dam

Parker Dam



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