Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Local nameLake Mead National Recreation Area
LocationNevada, United States

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. Operated by the National Park Service, Lake Mead NRA follows the Colorado River corridor from the westernmost boundary of Grand Canyon National Park to just north of the cities of Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona. It includes all of the eponymous Lake Mead as well as the smaller Lake Mohave – reservoirs on the river created by Hoover Dam and Davis Dam, respectively – and the surrounding desert terrain and wilderness.Formation of Lake Mead began in 1935, less than a year before Hoover Dam was completed. The area surrounding Lake Mead was established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936 and the name was changed to Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 1947. In 1964, the area was expanded to include Lake Mohave and its surrounding area and became the first National Recreation Area to be designated as such by the U.S. Congress.

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Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour with Landing

Opening hours

The area is open year-round, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Some beaches and other areas are day-use only, from dawn till dusk. These areas are marked with signs.


Individual visitors: $10
Vessels: $16
Vehicle or motorcycle: $10 (covers all passengers)

More information and contact


Official website




Phone +1 702 293 8990

Address 13832 US Highway 93, 89005, United States

Coordinates 36°0'33.577" N -114°47'50.469" E

Tours and activities: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour with Landing

Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour

Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

from 100 USD

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