South Cove

Body of water in foreground, cement launch ramp with vehicles surrounded by desert hill and mountains

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This is where the Colorado River exits the Grand Canyon and starts to form Lake Mead. Located on the eastern edge of the park near a Joshua Tree forest, South Cove is one of the park's lesser known getaways. From here, you can launch onto the lake and venture out to numerous sandy coves.

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Located near Meadview, Arizona. Take U.S. Highway 93 to Pierce Ferry Road and follow it for 45 miles.

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Launch at South Cove to access the eastern most point of Lake Mead. A courtesy dock is on site.
Primitive campsites are located at Pearce Ferry.
The South Cove Picnic Area has three picnic shelters with grills and a restroom.
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Follow the dirt road to the south of the launch ramp to day camp along the water, or launch and venture out to one of the many secluded coves along the river.
Pearce Ferry is about 17 miles upstream from South Cove. Although you can't access it from South Cove by boat, due to intense rapids, you can travel to it by car. It's this point where Lake Mead National Recreation Area borders Grand Canyon National Park.

Meadview is a small town about 10 miles from South Cove that offers dining, RV parking, lodging and a few stores.


Historic photo of South Cove

South Cove does not have a history pre-dating Lake Mead National Recreation area. Pearce Ferry (seen in photo) was bought by Pearce in 1876. This area became popular during the Grand Canyon-Boulder Dam tours in the 1940's. With the filling of Lake Mead, a delta formed at Pearce Ferry. This silting in and lowering of the lake level after 1941, forced the concession to be abandoned. A new paved road was constructed off Pearce Ferry road, extending down to the lake where a paved launch ramp was constructed at current day South Cove.

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Last updated: September 30, 2020

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