What's Open and What's Closed

UPDATED October 5, 2020
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Lake Mead National Recreation Area continues to expand recreational access.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners continues to be paramount. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. A return to full operations will continue to be phased. When recreating, the public should follow local health areas orders, avoid crowding and practice Leave no Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier.

Some parking areas and beaches may reach capacity, especially on weekends.
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To enter the park, one of the following passes are required. You may now purchase them at park entrance stations. Some passes are also sold online. These passes admit passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle.

If you purchased a Lake Mead Annaul Pass and you would like to upgrade to an America the Beautiful Pass, you may exchange your physical Lake Mead Pass at the entrance station. The cost to upgrade is $35. It will expire in the same month you purchased the Lake Mead Pass.

To launch a boat you will need a Lake Mead Annual Vessel Pass or Daily Vessel Pass. These can be purchased at the entrance station. You do not need a vessel pass if you are renting a boat in the park.

For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/fees.htm

The following park entrance stations in Nevada are open:

  • Boulder Entrance Station
  • Lake Mead Parkway Entrance Station
  • Lake Mead Boulevard Entrance Station
  • Northshore Entrance Station
  • Cottonwood Cove Entrance Station
Parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches and picnic areas in the following locations are open:
  • Hemenway Harbor
  • Las Vegas Boat Harbor
  • Lake Mead Marina
  • Boulder Beach
    • Hemenway Fishing Pier
    • PWC Beach
    • Paddlecraft Beach
    • Special Events Beach
    • Boulder Swim Beach North and South
  • Boulder Harbor
  • Sunset Overlook
  • Longview Overlook
  • 33 Hole Overlook
  • Las Vegas Bay Overlook
  • Las Vegas Bay
  • Callville Bay
  • Echo Bay
  • Redstone
  • Cottonwood Cove
The following areas are open:
  • Developed campgrounds
  • All coves and roads in the Eldorado Area, including but not limited to, Nelson Landing, Placer Cove and Aztec Wash
  • All coves in the Government Wash area, including but not limited to, Crawdad Cove, 8.0, Boxcar Cove
  • Stewarts Point
  • All coves along Powerline Road near Cottonwood Cove, including but not limited to, Six Mile Cove and Nine Mile Cove
  • Nevada Telephone Cove
All trails are open.

The park store at the visitor center is open, but the exhibits and film are still closed.
  • Park Headquarters in Boulder City, NV
  • Saddle Cove
  • The Cottonwood Cove Upper Campground is closed due to flood risks.

The following park entrance stations in Arizona are open:

  • Willow Beach
  • Temple Bar
  • Katherine Landing

Parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches, picnic areas, the Willow Beach Fishing Pier and trails are open.

Arizona - These campgrounds are open
Willow Beach -
Check availability and make reservations online
Katherine Landing - Check availability and make reservations online
Temple Bar - available first-come, first-served

Nevada - These campgrounds are open
Boulder Beach - available first-come, first-served
Las Vegas Bay - available first-come, first-served
Callville Bay - available first-come, first-served
Echo Bay - available first-come, first-served
Cottonwood Cove - available first-come, first-served

The following RV parks are open.
Lake Mead RV Village -
Check availability and make reservations online
Callville Bay RV Park - Check availability and make reservations online
Echo Bay RV Village - Check availability and make reservations online
Cottonwood Cove RV Park - Check availability and make reservations online

Year-round Camping Regulations
  • The areas known as North and South Telephone Cove, Cabinsite Point, and Princess Cove, Arizona, and Placer Cove, Nevada; are always closed to camping.
  • Within the area commonly referred to as Boulder Basin, and defined as all land areas north of U.S. 93 and west of a line drawn from Promontory Point north to Roadrunner Cove, vehicle camping is ONLY permitted in developed campgrounds (which are currently closed).
  • Camping is never allowed at developed beaches, or near launch ramps, marinas, fishing piers or in harbors.
Don't forget your life jackets.

The following locations are open for swimming.
  • Boulder Beach (open to vehicles from 6:30 a.m. to dusk)
  • Cottonwood Cove (fills up early on weekends)
  • Willow Beach (fills up early on weekends)
  • Cabinsite Cove
  • Princess Cove
  • North Arizona Telephone Cove
  • South Arizona Telephone Cove
Swimming is never allowed at harbors, marinas, mooring areas, launch ramps or around fishing piers. Overnight camping is not allowed on beaches.
To boat at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, you will need a vehicle pass and a vessel pass.

If your boat has been registered before, you should renew it online at https://nevada.licensing.kalkomey.com/registration

If you just purchased a boat, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has a 90-day amnesty period for vessel registration. Please keep a copy of your bill-of-sale with you in the vessel.

As a reminder, when boating in Nevada, you are required to have an AIS (aquatic invasive species) decal on your vessel (unless it is registered in Arizona). Those can be purchased online at https://nevada.licensing.kalkomey.com/products.
FIshing is allowed along the shorelines and fishing piers.

Fishing licenses are still required and can be purchased online at https://nevada.licensing.kalkomey.com/licenses or https://license.azgfd.com/.
  • For the status of commercial operations, such as marinas, RV parks, raft trips, cruises, outfitters and special events like races, please contact the businesses directly to see if they have adjusted operations.
  • The park will consider permits on a case-by-case basis.

Boats that are slipped at the marinas may leave their slips to recreate. Those within the trailer village or on houseboats may stay the night.
The closures are in place under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5. (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/1.5).

The details of the Lake Mead closures related to COVID, which are in effect until further notice, can be found here https://www.nps.gov/lake/learn/management/superintendents-compendium.htm. (scroll to the bottom)

Last updated: October 8, 2020

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