I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY
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 »
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:
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?
Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.