• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »

  • Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed

    A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, through Sept. 11. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »

  • Summer Fire Rules in Effect

    Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to many questions visitors ask about Lake Mead National Recreation Area can be found on this website.


Q. What is the water temperature at Lake Mead or Lake Mohave?
A. Water temperatures are updated daily. Weather and Water Temperatures

Q. Can I make reservations at a campground?
A. There are no reservations at Park Service Campgrounds. Complete Camping Info

Q. Where can I go hiking?
A. There are few established hiking trails but many places to hike. Hiking

Q. Where can I rent a houseboat?
A. Several concessioners rent houseboats, as well as other types of water craft. Marinas

Q. Where can I buy an annual pass?
A. Daily and annual passes can be purchased at the entrance stations. Annual passes may also be purchased by mail.Fee Schedule

Q. How much are Lake Use Fees?
A. Lake use fees for one vessel for 1 to 7 days is $16.00. More complete information can be found on the Fee Schedule

Did You Know?

Joshua Trees

Joshua trees are the largest of the yuccas, growing to 35 feet tall. They are among the oldest plants in the desert; some over 1,000 years old.