• 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, beginning Aug. 1. 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 »

Scientific Research and Collecting Permits at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Thank you for your interest in Lake Mead NRA.

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


Environmental Compliance
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Did You Know?

Scenic view over looking Lake Mohave

With more than 700 miles of shoreline, Lake Mead offers countless opportunities for exploration. One can return to Lake Mead National Recreation Area again and again to a favorite cove or hideaway in which to enjoy the special solitude, where water and desert contrast and complement each other.