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, through Sept. 11. 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 »
Exploring the park on two wheels? Lake Mead NRA has several dirt trails and miles of approved backcountry roads accessible to mountain bikes. Please remember on our established public roads that bicycles are subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles.
Link: Biking Page
Canoeing & Kayaking
Link: Canoeing & Kayaking Page
Enjoy relaxing with your line in the water. Whether you like to fish from the shoreline or the water, Lake Mead NRA offers many opportunities to hook the big one.
Link: Fishing Page
Some of the best places are only available on foot. With mountains and valleys making up 87% of Lake Mead NRA, there are places to hike and explore for everyone, including some guided hikes.
Link: Hiking Page
Hunting is allowed in most of the areas of the park. Our Hunting page has hunting rules and "no hunting" area maps.
Link: Hunting Page
Horses may be ridden throughout the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Please stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center for suggestions on places to go.
Link: Horseback Riding Page
Want a great memory to put in a frame or scrapbook? Lake Mead National Recreation Area has several spots that can help you get a great shot.
Link: Photography Page
Looking for a place to eat outdoors with your family? Lake Mead NRA has many picnic areas you can use.
Link: Picnic Page
Looking for the blue lake against rugged peaks? Colorful mountains and valleys as far as you can see? Lake Mead NRA has several scenic drives depending on where you are traveling and how much time you have to spend with us.
Link: Scenic Drive Page
What lies beneath the still waters of lakes Mead and Mohave? There are scuba diving opportunities for both beginners and advanced divers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Link: Scuba Page
On a hot day, the blue water of the lake is a welcome relief. Whether you like to wade, swim, or relax on the shoreline, Lake Mead NRA has several places to go. Wear a lifejacket. No lifeguards are on duty. Swim at your own risk.
Link: Swimming Page
Some fly, some walk, some slither. Lake Mead NRA is home to hundreds of species of animal life that are specially adapted to live in the desert. Learn where they live and how best to see them.
Link: Wildlife Page
Did You Know?
"The wilderness . . . that has come to us from the eternity of the past we have the boldness to project into the eternity of the future. It seems presumptuous for men and women . . . to dare to undertake a program for perpetuity, but that surely is our challenge." -- Howard Zahniser