What's Open and What's Closed

UPDATED MAY 29, 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 is increasing recreational access for pass holders.

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.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, no transactions will occur at the entrance station.
You must have a park pass BEFORE you arrive.

Some parking areas and beaches may reach capacity, especially on weekends.
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To launch a boat you will need a Lake Mead Annual Vessel Pass.

To access the park in a vehicle, the following passes are accepted: These passes admit passholder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle.

For more information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Passes are not sold at the park. To purchase a Lake Mead Vehicle or Vessel Pass, visit the links below. Once you purchase a Lake Mead Pass, you may show your receipt with your ID at the entrance until your pass arrives in the mail.
You may also purchase one of the below passes to enter all national parks. However, per national policy, you will not be able to enter the park with your receipt. You will have to wait for your pass to arrive, which could take several weeks.
If you purchase a Lake Mead Pass so you can enter the park immediately, once the park returns to normal operations, you can upgrade your Lake Mead Pass to an America the Beautiful Pass. It will expire 12 months after you purchased the Lake Mead Pass.

Please bring everything you need, including fuel for your boat and water for you and your pets. Pack out everything you bring in.

The following park entrance stations in Nevada are open to annual pass holders:

  • 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
Trails are open (unless listed below).
With public health in mind, the following locations and facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Developed campgrounds
  • All coves and roads in the Eldorado Area, including but not limited to, Nelson Landing, Placer Cove and Aztec Wash
  • Saddle Cove
  • 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
  • Goldstrike Canyon (Until Sept. 30)
  • The Alan Bible Visitor Center
  • Park Headquarters in Boulder City, NV

The following park entrance stations in Arizona are open to annual pass holders:

  • Willow Beach
  • Temple Bar
  • Katherine Landing

Parking lots, launch ramps, overlooks, beaches, picnic areas, the Willow Beach Fishing Pier and trails (unless listed below) are open.

  • White Rock Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring and Liberty Bell Arch (until Sept. 30)
  • Lone Palm Trail (until Sept. 30)
Willow Beach -
Check availability and make reservations online
Katherine Landing - Check availability and make reservations online
Temple Bar - available first-come, first-served

All developed park campgrounds remain closed. Backcountry camping in closed areas is prohibited.

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.
Please setup 10 feet away from the people next to you, and limit your group size to 10 people.
Don't forget your life jackets.

The following locations are open for swimming.
  • Boulder Beach (open to vehicles from 6 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 an annual vehicle pass and an annual 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 live-aboard vessels 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)
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Boulder City, NV 89005


(702) 293-8990

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