Things To Do

Kayaker on Lake Mead

Discover Lakes Mead & Mohave

With lakes Mead and Mohave as the central focus, visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area may enjoy a variety of water recreation activities in a rugged and picturesque setting. Lakes Mead and Mohave offer some of the country's best sport fishing. Boating and water skiing are favorite activities on the broad expanses of open water, along with kayaking and canoeing.

There are shaded picnic areas with tables, water, fire grills and restrooms are located throughout the area.

Several paved roads wind through the dramatic desert scenery of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Towering stark mountains, plateaus, desert basins of cacti and creosote bush, and vertical-walled canyons are some of the sights motorists can discover. Short desert hikes lead to places you will never see from a boat or car.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Backcountry

A network of backcountry roads has been developed to provide access to the lakeshore and other areas of interest in the backcountry.

Person on a bike travelling near a lake

Bicyclists are welcome to ride at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on park roads, on routes designated for bicycle use.

Motorboat riding on a lake in front of cliffs

Boating on lakes Mead and Mohave is one of the more popular activities here.

Tent among the trees

Lake Mead National Recreation Area's campgrounds offer restrooms, running water, dump stations, grills, picnic tables and shade.

Two canoes floating on lake in front of mountains
Canoeing & Kayaking

There are many hidden coves to discover by canoe or kayak on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.

Man helping a child with a fishing pole

Fishing is a favorite pastime here at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

A hiker walks down a trail

Explore this diverse ecosystem on foot, traveling across open expanses of rock formations that contain all the colors of the rainbow.

Two riders on horseback in front of mountains
Horseback Riding

There are many trails and marked backcountry roads perfect for horseback riding.

A hunter in camouflage in the desert

The park preserves the recreational potential of the area, which includes the traditions of hunting, fishing and trapping.

person taking picture in desert

The spectacular rugged scenery surrounding Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are perfect for scenic photography.

Car driving through Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Scenic Driving

You can see panoramic views of blue Lake Mead set against a background of colorful rugged mountains.

Person in scuba gear in the water
Scuba Diving

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is often highlighted as one of the top freshwater lakes in the

Last updated: May 17, 2023

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