Overview of entrance requirements
All visitors MUST have
The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States. entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.
More about interagency passes
Standard Entrance Pass
Lake Mead National Recreation Area has entrance and lake use fees. Lake Mead passes can be purchased online or at one of our entrance stations. You may also purchase passes by printing out a mail-in form.
For Organizations & Businesses
Admits education/academic groups as long as a fee waiver form is filled out and approved.More information
Admits vehicles at the per person rate for groups using vehicles for 12 or more people. The $15 cost is per person over the age of 16, not total for your group.More information
Annual Entrance - Park
This pass admits the passholder(s) only into Lake Mead National Recreation Area AND NOT other federal lands. The interagency passes allow access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Admits passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle. In cases where per person fees are charged, pass is valid for the passholder + 3 adults.1 year from month of purchase. Good through 1 year from month of purchase.
2023 Fee-free Days
No entrance pass required on these days:
All park visitors are required to purchase a recreational use pass upon entering Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Additionally, the park charges lake use fees. Lake Mead passes can be purchased online, at one of our entrance stations, or by printing out a mail-in form.
Note: entrance passes are NOT SOLD at the Alan Bible Visitor Center.
Vessel and Camping Fees
See Commericial Tour Catergory (bottom of page) for commericial fees.
Hunting and fishing is regulated by the states. For more detailed informaiton about fishing license and information please visit our Fishing Page. For more detailed information about a hunting license please visit our Hunting Page.
NPS-managed campground fees are $20 per site ($10 with the Interagency Senior and Access passes) and are payable immediately upon occupying a campsite. Fees are posted at the entrance to the campground. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations. Check-out time is noon.
Group campsites fees are $80 per night (15 person minimum - 30 person maximum per site) are located at the Boulder Campground. Camping fees are posted at the campground kiosk. Reservations are required and can be requested online only at rec.gov. For questions, please call (702) 293-8906.
For more information about camping, please visit our Camping Page.
Entry is valid for seven days, only for the same vehicle and the same group. Fees will be levied on vehicle capacity and are not pro-rated for those passengers who may be exempt from fees, such as passport holders or those under the age of 16. This was calculated into the fees coordinated with the National Transportation Association and the National Bus Association in conjunction with national tour meetings.
The implementation of standardized Road-based Commercial Tour (RBCT) CUAs and fees is DELAYED. This decision also delays implementation of increased commercial entrance fees. Parks with existing RBCT CUA requirements may continue to issue and manage CUAs according to existing practices including charging appropriate fees.
To apply for a CUA, email email@example.com.
In addition to other passes and fees that apply to Lake Mead charged by the NPS, the Nevada Department of Wildlife charges for an Invasive Species pass. More information on this pass can be found below:
Apply & Buy - Nevada Boating (ndow.org)
While in the park our official concessioner offer additional opportunities and services for additional fees and costs. Please visit our Directory of Concessioners for more information.
Last updated: May 24, 2023