• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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    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 »

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Animals

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area supports an amazingly diverse selection of animals. Under cover of evening's darkness, and in the shady places of canyons and brush, are thriving animal communities. Animals living here have evolved traits that help them cope with the extreme environment. Most adaptations center around avoiding heat, conserving water and surviving on a meager food supply.

Life in the Desert

A keen eye and a sense of how wildlife survives in this wild land will improve your chances of seeing some of the area's common and more extraordinary animals.

Insects (Coming Soon!) Mammals

Reptiles
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Please do not feed, pet, or
in any way handle wildlife.

Did You Know?

Mohave Yucca

All yucca species have evolved a special relationship with yucca moths. Each species of the plant has its own corresponding species of pollinating moths.