• 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 »

Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium (PDF) - The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.

Enabling Legislation (16 USC §§460n-460n-9) (PDF) - Lake Mead National Recreation Area was created as a national park on Oct 8, 1964 by Public Law 88-639. Enabling legislation is the law that created the park and defines it's mission and functions. Public Law 88-639 has since been codified in the United States Code under Title 16, Chapter 1, Subchapter LXXII.

Park Management Plans - Management plans are plans that guide park managers in making policy decisions. These plans are apart of the park planning process that turns research and public input into best management practices for preserving park resources and delivering visitor services.

Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act - The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) authorized the Bureau of Land Management to sell federal lands under its juristiction around the Las Vegas Valley and use the proceeds for:

  • Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
  • Capital Improvements
  • Conservation Initiatives
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plans (MSHCP)
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions
  • Lake Tahoe Restoration Act Projects

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has used SNPLMA funding for these types of projects including extending launch ramps, improving picnic areas and restrooms and resource protection projects like water quality monitoring and endangered species conservation.

Wilderness Act of 1964 & Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 - Apply to designed wilderness within Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Did You Know?

Spirt Mountain in Spirt Mountain Wilderness

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." -- John Muir