Annual Events

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The National Park Service, its concessioners, partners and permitted organizations conduct a variety of events each year at Lake Mead National Recreation Area that attract thousands of tourists and media. Below is a list of some of the more popular and unique events.


  • Eagle Survey – Each year NPS staff conduct a winter count of bald eagles. 99 bald eagles were spotted in 2015.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Free entrance


  • Mountain Man St. Patrick’s Day Run – Half marathon that draws around 1,000 participants


  • National Park Week – Free entrance and various activities
  • Junior Ranger Day – Kids go through stations to learn about Lake Mead NRA and are then sworn in as Junior Rangers
  • BBSC Rage – Triathlon that draws around 1,200 participants
  • Nevada Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Month
  • National Wildlife Week
  • Great American Clean-up


  • National Safe Boating Week – The park participates in Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, Life Jacket World Record Day and hosts a partnership event to promote boater safety.
  • Memorial Day Media Day – Media are invited on exclusive boat ride-alongs with park rangers and game wardens before Memorial Day Weekend
  • International Migratory Bird Day


  • National Get Outdoors Day
  • National Marina Day
  • Free Fishing Day


  • July 4th Damboree Celebration Parade


  • NPS Anniversary – August 25, 1916; free entrance; 2016 will mark the service's 100th anniversary


  • National Public Lands Day, free entrance
  • WON Bass U.S. Open – Bass fishing tournament that draws around 300 anglers


  • Lake Mead NRA Anniversary – Oct. 8, 1964, Public Law 88-639 established Lake Mead National Recreation Area under the sole jurisdiction of the National Park Service
  • Ironman 70.3 Silverman – Event draws around 2,500 athletes
  • Southern Nevada Trails Day
  • National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • Make A Difference Day
  • Get Outdoors Nevada Day
  • Cottonwood Cove Eco-Dive
  • Pumpkin Man Triathlon – Triathlon that draws around 1,300 athletes


  • Ragnar Relay – The park’s largest permitted event with around 8,000 participants.
  • Veterans Day Weekend – Free entrance


  • Boat Parade of Lights
  • Boulder City Electric Night Parade

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Last updated: October 14, 2015

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