Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead Climate and Maps
Directions & Maps
There are nine main access points to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes two lakes and over 1.5 million acres of land.
The Lake Mead Visitor Center, also called the Alan Bible Visitor Center, is located off of U.S. 93, four miles southeast of Boulder City. See the park maps below to find the route best for you.
Access off Interstate 15 in Nevada; U.S. Highways 93 and 95 in Nevada and Arizona. By air: to Las Vegas (25 miles from Lake Mead NRA); to Bullhead City, AZ (10 miles from Lake Mead NRA on Lake Mohave).
Weather in the Mojave Desert can be extreme at times. Storms and resulting flash floods are possible year-round. Avoid camping in washes and hiking in canyons during bad weather. If you are in a low-lying area during a storm, do not try to drive through flooded areas. Leave your vehicle and climb to higher ground. Backcountry roads often become impassable after a rain. Check with a ranger for current conditions.
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In the wintertime, temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit with some wind. Spring and fall are the most pleasurable times to camp when the days are warm and the evenings are cool. Summer brings hot temperatures that average above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and fall at night to the low 80s.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area comprises 1.5 million acres -- in Nevada and Arizona. The centerpiece of the recreation area is Lake Mead, impounded behind Hoover Dam near Boulder City in southern Nevada. Three of America's four desert ecosystems -- the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts -- meet in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As a result, this seemingly barren environment contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world.
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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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