Cottonwood Cove

Cottonwood Cove Marina

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If you like to open your motel window to sunrises over the water or to dip your toes in the sand or to sleep on a houseboat on Lake Mohave with your closest friends and family, you should check out Cottonwood Cove. It's about an hour south of Las Vegas. Here, you can launch your own boat or rent one of ours or just enjoy a picnic on one of the plentiful beaches.

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10000 Cottonwood Cove Road
Searchlight, Nevada 89046


Cottonwood Cove is located on Lake Mohave near Searchlight, Nevada. Off of U.S. Highway 95, take Cottonwood Cove Road east 14 miles.

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Launching at Cottonwood Cove allows you to experience boating along the narrow Colorado River or in wide open water. Boating services include launch ramps, fuel sales (marine and auto) along with a variety of boat and equipment rental options to include houseboats. Boat slip rentals and dry storage are also available.
There are plenty of options just steps from the water. The Cottonwood Cove Motel rests along a sandy beach, and each room as a covered outdoor patio. Around 75 RV sites are available with full hookups, and another 45 campsites are available for tents and RVs without hookups. Primitive camping is available nearby, as well.
The Cottonwood Cove Café offers a selection of family-friendly entrees for breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering. A variety of snacks, drinks and charcoal are available at the store. Picnic tables and grills are available, as well.
Take a stroll along the beaches to discover new sandy coves, or journey along the hills for picturesque lake views.
Park your car and walk right to the water's edge at Cottonwood Cove Beach, or stroll along the shoreline and journey to the north to access Box Cove or venture south to Ski Cove. Dozens of sandy coves can also be reached by boat for a secluded getaway.
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Fuel; both marine and auto can be purchased at Cottonwood Cove.
Searchlight, Nevada, is a small town with a big history. The Searchlight Museum shares the stories of the mining community, along with the town’s notable Academy Award winner, revolutionary pilot and Senate Majority Leader. The town also offers some restaurants, a library, a community center and casinos.


Historic photo of Cottonwood Cove

The riverbanks here used to be lined with cottonwood trees. As mining for gold and silver flourished, steamships operated along the river, and the cottonwoods were cut down to be used as fuel, which is why they aren’t as prevalent now. Ferry services were also offered to transport people and automobiles across the river to and from Nevada and Arizona.

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Bighorn Sheep at Lake Meadkids on tubeskids in back of boatman on paddleboard


Last updated: August 3, 2022

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601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005


702 293-8990
Call 911 For All Emergencies (24 hours). Call 988 for Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (24 Hours). Call 702-293-8990 for Visitor and Recreation Information (Visitor Center open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days a week). Call 702-293-8906 for Park Business and Administration (Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday).

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