Canoeing & Kayaking

Two people on canoe, large canyon in background

Come Paddle with Us

Boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rafting, jet skiing, paddleboarding...national parks have plenty of water activities for you and your family and friends to explore! If you do not have a boat of your own, guided trips and rentals are available within the park at many of our marinas.

There are many hidden coves to discover by canoe or kayak on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Don't forget to explore the popular Black Canyon in your own canoe or kayak.

Check out our articles for more information on how to be prepared for boating before you go and during your visit.


Water Vessel Safety


Important Hoover Dam Launch Site Information

Hoover Dam launches are highly regulated by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) due to the road leading to the launch site is in a security zone and access is limited requiring a permit. These permits are handled by various authorized park outfitters.

To obtain a paddlecraft launch permit to launch directly below Hoover Dam contact one of the authorized paddlecraft outfitters listed on our Black Canyon Water Trail page.

Black Canyon Water Trail Information


Official National Water Trail

Black Canyon Water Trail has been officially recognized as an Official National Water Trail.

“This recognition places the Black Canyon Water Trail in a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails and commends the efforts of the local community and partners in promoting active involvement in the conservation of our water resources” - Sally Jewel - Secretary of Interior

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Paddlecraft are not subject to a launch fee, however the vehicle fee to enter Lake Mead National Recreation Area is $25 for a 1- to 7-day pass or $45 for a yearly pass.

In addition some watercraft are required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal for their craft, which is NOT AVAILABLE at the park. You must purchase prior to arrival through the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). This is a requirement regardless of whether you launch from Nevada or Arizona. Watercraft registered in Arizona are exempt from the decal requirement within the Lake Mead NRA. All non-registered vessels must display a AIS decal.

To find out if your vessel requires an AIS decal check NEEDS A STICKER or DOES NOT NEED A STICKER.

To purchase this decal please visit the NDOW website OR call Toll Free at (866) 703-4605.

NDOW Office Locations
  • Las Vegas: 4747 Vegas Drive, (702) 486-5127
  • Henderson: 744 South Racetrack Road, (702) 486-6742
  • Reno: 1100 Valley Road, (775) 688-1500
  • Elko: 60 Youth Center Road, (775) 777-2300
  • Winnemucca: 815 E. 4th St., (775) 623-6565
  • Fallon: 380 West B St., (775) 423-3171
  • Ely: 1218 North Alpha St., (775) 289-1655 Ext. 21

Last updated: May 6, 2020

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