Swimming & Beaches

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There are many places to swim in the bright blue waters of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Please be aware that there are no lifeguards in the park. Always wear a life jacket. Most fatalities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area could have been avoided if the person in the water was wearing a life jacket. Keep a very close eye on children and choose areas to wade where there isn’t any boat traffic. Distances are deceiving at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and most coves are too big to swim across. Know your limits. Swimming is prohibited at all marinas and launch areas.
 
  • Max group size 10
  • Stay 10 feet from others
  • No styrofoam
  • No glass bottles
  • No marijuana use
  • Gas and charcoal BBQs only (no campfires)
  • Keep trash off the beach
Before visiting a beach, please check to see what is allowed in that area. Paddlecraft (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) and rafts with oars are considered vessels. They are not allowed at beaches designated for swimming only.

State law requires you to have a life jacket on board your paddlecraft or raft for every occupant. Children 12 and younger must wear them while aboard. All occupants of hand-propelled craft operating between Hoover Dam and Mile 43 on Lake Mohave are required to wear a life jacket when underway.
Please don't rely on inflatable pool toys to keep you afloat. They blow away easily in the wind, etiher taking their occupants with them or tipping them off. Don't swim after a pool toy that blows away. The wind will always be faster. Your life isn't worth it.
 
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lake mead Locations

 

Boulder Beach

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Watercraft Allowed: No
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
The Boulder Swim Beach stretches 1/3 mile along the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead. Enjoy views of the basin, including the iconic Fortification Hill. Open 6:30 a.m. to dusk.

Location and Directions

Located along the southwestern edge of Lake Mead near Boulder City. Enter the park at the Boulder City Entrance Station, and travel north on Lakeshore Road for two miles. Turn right. Follow the signs to the lake.

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Boulder Beach
 

Special Events Beach

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: No
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location and Directions

Located along the southwestern edge of Lake Mead near Boulder City. Enter the park at the Boulder City Entrance Station, and travel north on Lakeshore Road for two miles. Turn right. Follow the signs to the lake.

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Special Events Beach
 

Canoe/Kayak Beach

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location and Directions

Located along the southwestern edge of Lake Mead near Boulder City. Enter the park at the Boulder City Entrance Station, and travel north on Lakeshore Road for two miles. Turn right. Follow the signs to the lake.

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Canoe Kayak Beach
 

PWC Beach

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location and Directions

Located along the southwestern edge of Lake Mead near Boulder City. Enter the park at the Boulder City Entrance Station, and travel north on Lakeshore Road for two miles. Turn right. Follow the signs to the lake.

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PWC Beach
 

Lake Mohave Locations

 

Willow Beach

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Paddlecraft Only
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located within the Black Canyon on Lake Mohave. Enter the park off U.S. Highway 93 about 12 miles south of the Hoover Dam. Travel about four miles to the developed area.

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Willow Beach
 

Cottonwood Cove

 
  • Surface: Sandy
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Watercraft Allowed: No
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located in the Cottonwood Cove developed area on Lake Mohave near Searchlight, Nevada. From Searchlight, turn east on Cottonwood Cove Road. Travel 14 miles toward the lake.

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Cottonwood Cove Beach
 

Princess Cove

 
  • Surface: Sandy
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located north of Katherine Landing Developed area on Lake Mohave. From Arizona Highway 68, turn north on Davis Dam Road. Turn right on Katherine Access Road. Travel for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Princess Cove Road. Travel about five miles toward the lake.

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Princess Cove
 

Cabinsite Cove

 
  • Surface: Rocky
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located north of Katherine Landing Developed area on Lake Mohave. From Arizona Highway 68, turn north on Davis Dam Road. Turn right on Katherine Access Road. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Cabinsite Cove Road. Follow the signs for about 2 miles

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Cabinsite Beach
 

North Arizona Telephone Cove

 
  • Surface: Sandy
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Watercraft Allowed: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located north of Katherine Landing Developed area on Lake Mohave. From Arizona Highway 68, turn north on Davis Dam Road. Turn right on Katherine Access Road. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Cabinsite Cove Road. Follow the signs for about 1 mile.

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North Arizona Telephone Cove
 

South Arizona Telephone Cove

 
  • Surface: Sandy
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: No
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Watercraft Allowed: No
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Overnight Camping: No
Location & Directions

Located north of Katherine Landing Developed area on Lake Mohave. From Arizona Highway 68, turn north on Davis Dam Road. Turn right on Katherine Access Road. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Cabinsite Cove Road. Follow the signs for about 1.5 miles.

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South Arizona Telephone Cove
 

Katherine Beach

 
  • Surface: Sandy
  • Life Jacket Loaner Station: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: No
  • Watercraft Allowed: Paddlecraft and Pedal Boats Only
  • Picnic Tables: No
  • Overnight Camping: No
Enjoy a day on the water near all of the amenities at Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave. Beach rentals, including paddlecraft, pedal boats and cabanas are available.

Location & Directions

Located within the Katherine Landing Developed area on Lake Mohave near the marina. From Arizona Highway 68, turn north on Davis Dam Road. Turn right on Katherine Access Road. Follow the road to the marina. Parking is near the picnic area.

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Katherine Beach
 

Last updated: June 15, 2020

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