• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • Entrance Fees Temporarily Waived to Accommodate 1-15 Closure

    I-15 is closed in both directions from mile marker 64 to 112 north of Las Vegas. The entrance fee at Lake Mead is temporarily waived at Northshore, Lake Mead Boulevard, Lake Mead Parkway and Boulder Beach entrance stations, until further notice. More »

  • 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 »

Birds

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Although a desert region, more than 240 different kinds of birds have thus far been recorded at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This is due to the varied habitats available, and the fact that Lake Mead NRA is on a north-south migration route for many birds.



The creation of lakes Mead and Mohave has made a vast change in the local bird life. Originally, the water habitat was restricted to the Colorado River and its tributaries. With the building of Hoover and Davis Dams, vast bodies of water came into being that immediately attracted many kinds of water and shore birds. The vegetation that developed around the shores became fine feeding grounds for numerous insect-eating birds.

Learn about the
American Bald Eagle in our
Atlas of Lake Mead section

 

Did You Know?

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was the first major dam to span the wild Colorado River. One hundred twelve workers died before it was finished in 1935.