Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead NRA contains two large lakes, Lakes Mead and Lake Mohave, which are reservoirs created by the Hoover and Davis Dams. About 96 percent of the water in Lake Mead is from melted snow that fell in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. Lake Mead extends for 110 miles behind the Hoover Dam (completed in 1936), while Lake Mohave extends for 67 miles behind the Davis Dam (completed in 1951).
Flora and fauna
One of the many aspects of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area that continually draws visitors is its good weather. Many people come just to relax in the land of the sun. Refugees from states hit hard by winter's icy clutch often flee to this area to spend a mild winter. Sunbathers and water skiers spend summers here to toast in the 110 °F plus temperatures. The area generally has less than five inches of annual rainfall. Water temperatures may range from 45 °F to 85 °F at different times of the year.
Lake Mead NRA is approximately 25 miles from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Other communities bordering and near Lake Mead NRA have smaller airports.
There are nine paved accesses into Lake Mead NRA.
By public transportation
There is no public transportation serving the park, although tour buses operate from many Las Vegas resorts and attractions.
Fees for individuals entering the park are $3, good for five days. Fees for vehicles (including all passengers) are $5, also good for five days. An annual pass is available for $20 that allows free entrance for one calander year, and the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is available for $80, allowing free entry to all National Park, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation areas for one year from the month purchased.
Paved roads lead to all major sites. There are many approved backcountry roads.
Kayak the Colorado River from Willow Beach. Nice hiking, hot springs, and camping. The river is closed to motorized boats on Sundays and Mondays, but expect to find a few motorboats ignoring this rule.
Camping is the best thing you can do.