• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. 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 »


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All research projects and/or specimen collection on National Park Service (NPS) lands require a scientific research and collecting permit. All research and collecting permits are obtained through a proposal and review period that may require up to 90 days.

Research activities that occur within designated or potential wilderness areas may need to undergo a Wilderness Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA).

Lake Mead NRA Wilderness Areas
NPS Wilderness MRA Policy

Depending on the location and type of activity being proposed, cultural resource surveys may be required before research activities can begin.

If your project involves the use of a vertebrate animal species, then an NPS IACUC review may be required. The NPS IACUC review period can take up to 30 days and should be initiated before submitting an application for a research and collecting permit. Please see the NPS IACUC webpage for additional information and instructions: http://nature.nps.gov/biology/iacuc/

An NPS scientific research and collecting permit does not substitute for other state and federal permits or authorizations that may be required for certain types of projects.

How to Apply

To apply for a Scientific Research and Collecting Permit or submit an Investigator's Annual Report, please follow the instructions on the Research Permit Reporting System webpage here: https://irma.nps.gov/rprs


Instructions for Researchers
Application Procedures and Requirements
Guidelines to Researchers for Study Proposals

Research Permit Conditions

NPS General Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits
Lake Mead NRA Specific Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits


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Muddy Mountains overlooking Lake Mead

"We labor long and earnestly for peace, because war threatens the survival of man. It is time we labored with equal passion to defend our environment." -- Senator Alan Bible