Fees & Passes

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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.

Entrance station locations are: Boulder Beach, Lake Mead Boulevard, Lake Mead Parkway, Cottonwood Cove, Temple Bar, Northshore Road, Willow Beach, Katherine Landing

Current pass holders can enter the park through the far right-hand lane of the entrance station. Lake Mead charges entry fees per vehicle, so if there is a pass present in the private vehicle, that pass can be used for the whole vehicle entrance fee.

Per person fees are only charged for certain commercial or group entry or cases in which a person is not in a motorized vehicle (walking, biking, etc). In the event a party is walking together, passes are valid for the passholder + 3 persons age 16 or older. Any individual entering the park under the age of 16 is admitted for free.

 

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We are required to check ID with all passes, so please have your ID out and ready with your pass when you enter the park. This will help us help you. Please double check that you have your pass prior to making the trip out.

 

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Private (non-commercial), Entrance, Vessel and Camping Fees

See Commercial Tour Category (bottom of page) for commercial fees.

Entrance Fees Price Duration
Annual Vehicle, Motorcycle or Individual $45 1 year from month of purchase
Daily Vehicle $25 per vehicle 7 consecutive days
Daily Motorcycle $20 7 consecutive days
Daily Individual (walking, cycling) $15 7 consecutive days
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Vessel Fees Price Duration
Annual Vessel Sticker $50 per vessel
$25 Senior/Access
1 calendar year
Daily Vessel $16 per vessel
$8 Senior/Access
7 consecutive days
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Camping Fees Price Duration
Group Camping $80 (12-30 people
reservations required
per group/per night
call 702-293-8906 for reservations
Regular camping $20 per site
$10 Senior/Access
per site/per night
 

Lake Mead Annual Vehicle Pass

 
  • Cost: $45
  • Availability: Everyone
  • Duration: 1 year from month of purchase
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.

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Lake Mead Annual Pass
 

Lake Mead Annual Vessel Pass

 
  • Cost: $50
  • Availability: Everyone
  • Duration: through Dec. 31 of year purchased

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America the Beautiful Pass

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. Admits passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR passholder and 3 persons (16 and older) where per person fees are charged. Children under 16 admitted free. For Pass Program Definitions and more detailed information, please visit This Page for more information.
 

America the Beautiful Annual Pass

 
  • Cost: $80
  • Availability: Everyone
  • Duration: 1 year from month of purchase
Admits passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR passholder and 3 persons (16 and older) where per person fees are charged. Children under 16 admitted free.

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Annual Pass
 

U.S. Military Pass

  • Cost: Free
  • Availability: Limited (see below)
  • Duration: 1 year from month of issue
Current U.S. Military personnel and their dependents who present, in person, a U.S. Department of Defense CAC identification or DD Form 1173 dependent identification and are in the following military personnel classification: Current members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard; dependents of current U.S. military members with DD Form 1173; U.S. Military Cadets; U.S. Active Reservists (Do not need to be deployed).

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Military Pass
 

Annual Senior Pass

  • Cost: $20
  • Availability: 62 years old and over
  • Duration: 1 year from month of purchase
May provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. Only the passholder can receive the discount.

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Senior Pass
 

Lifetime Senior Pass

 
  • Cost: $80
  • Availability: 62 years and over
  • Duration: Lifetime
May provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. Only the passholder can receive the discount.

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Senior Pass
 

Access Pass

  • Cost: Free
  • Availability: Limited (see below)
  • Duration: 1 year from month of purchase
Available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. May provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. Only the passholder can receive the discount. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

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Access Pass

Volunteer Pass

 
  • Cost: Free
  • Availability: Limited (see below)
  • Duration: 1 year from month of issue
For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the interagency Pass Program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Pass
 

Every Kid Outdoors Fourth Grade Pass

 
  • Cost: Free
  • Availability: U.S. fourth grade students
  • Duration: Sept. 1-Aug. 31
Fourth grade students must present a valid voucher printed from the www.everykidoutdoors.gov website. Voucher can be exchanged at any fee collecting park for an annual pass.

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Fourth Grade Pass
 

Other 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. Please call (702) 293-8906, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about camping, please visit our Camping Page.

Boaters can purchase a Lake Mead Annual Vessel Pass for $50 for their motorized vessel or $16 for a 1- to 7-day pass. Non-motorized vessels do not require a Lake Mead Vessel Pass.
Purchase Annual Boat Pass Online

Other Fees: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). To find out if your vessel requires an AIS decal check these informative graphics - Needs a Sticker - Does Not Need a Sticker. To purchase this decal please visit the NDOW website at www.ndowlicensing.com (service fees apply) OR Toll Free at (866) 703-4605

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.
Commercial tour rates:

  • Sedan (1-6 persons) $25
  • Van (7-15 persons) $50
  • Mini-Bus (16-25 persons) $60
  • Motor Coach (26+ persons) $150

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 lake_cua@nps.gov.

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: June 18, 2020

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601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005

Phone:

(702) 293-8990

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