America's First National Recreation Area

Swim, boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s first and largest national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas.

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There is one national park just minutes from Las Vegas that has Joshua trees, slot canyons and night skies illuminated by the Milky Way. One national park where the rocks are as red as fire and the mountains are purple majesties. Take a look.

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Discover the many marinas and coves at Lake Mead NRA

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Pitch a tent or pull up your RV and stay the night in the park.

Fishing information


With more than 290 square miles of water surface, you can be sure to find a favorite spot to catch the big one.

2 hikers enter a cone of light cast by the large opening of a tunnel on the Historic Railroad Trail.


Take a hike along one of Lake Mead's many trails.

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We have numerous beaches throughout Nevada and Arizona

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Places to Go

Find destinations to visit at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Directions & Transportation

Directions & Transportation

Directions & Transportation, Maps

The Surface Project

The Surface Project

The Surface Project is an exciting online resource that brings the stories and science within these lakes to the surface.

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Virtual Museum

Historical artifacts and photos from the archives of Lake Mead NRA

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Invasive Species

Your actions matter. Clean. Drain. Dry.

Last updated: October 29, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005


(702) 293-8990

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