• 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 »

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Lakes Mead and Mohave have an abundance of fish living in their waters. Some fish, like the Razorback Sucker (pictured above) is protected and endangered. Others you can catch, with the proper fishing license.


Razorback Sucker

The razorback sucker is native to the Colorado River basin and was listed as an endangered species in 1991. Populations are currently in decline throughout the Colorado River basin and have decreased markedly during the last two decades in the lower basin, particularly in Lake Mohave.

The razorback sucker roundup began in 1979 by Arizona State University to monitor the population and to gather life history information on this species. Today, this effort includes participants from Arizona Game and Fish Department, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, who gather for one week during March with four camps established on Lake Mohave, all dedicated to monitoring this fish.


Learn more about
Razorback Sucker in our
Atlas of Lake Mead section

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To fish within the states of Nevada or Arizona, you must carry with you a valid fishing license. If your license is for Arizona, and you plan to fish from a boat or other craft on lakes Mead and Mohave, or on the shoreline of Nevada, then you must have a "use stamp" from Nevada (and vice-versa). For more information about Fishing at lakes Mead and Mohave visit our Fishing Page.

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A Mountain Biker

Today you can walk or bicycle along the elevated railroad bed used to haul supplies and materials for the construction of Hoover Dam and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Mead and the surrounding desert landscape. More...