• 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 »

Current Fire Rules at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Seasonal Fire Restrictions are in effect

The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted. Before departure, campfires must be completely extinguished with water, using the "drown, stir and feel" method.

Designated Areas

  • Wood or charcoal fires are allowed in grills of developed picnic areas; wood or charcoal burning devices allowed on the shoreline where natural vegetation is at least 100 feet from the shoreline.
  • Barbecue grills are allowed on private boats outside the harbors of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave; rental boats are authorized to use barbecues attached to vessel if allowed under rental boat agreement; all vessel barbecue fires must be at least 100 feet away from shoreline vegetation.
  • Smoking is allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle in areas that are cleared of all flammable material for at least three feet.Cigarettes must be discarded in a car ashtray or an ashtray in a developed area.


  • Building and/or using a campfire or charcoal stove in the backcountry is prohibited (using portable stove using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel OK)
  • The use of wood or items to produce a fire may not have foreign materials like staples, nails, screws, or plastics. All trash must be removed from fire pits upon completion of use. The campfire may not exceed four feet height and four feet wide at any time.
  • Burning of garbage, refuse, or discarded materials (regardless of the physical makeup of the items) is prohibited.
  • Pearce Ferry - Fires are prohibited within developed areas and within ¼ mile of Pearce Ferry Access Road. Fires are prohibited within the Pearce Ferry Launch Ramp Harbor Area.
  • A permit is required when a campfire is built within 100 feet of an adjacent archeological site to include rock art done by Native Americans.
  • A permit is required to use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents.
  • A permit is required to use or possess fireworks.

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