'''Lake Mead National Recreation Area''' [http://www.nps.gov/lame/] is a [[United States National Recreation Area]] the is located in southern [[Nevada]] and along the northern border of [[Arizona]].
==Understand== ===History=== Lake Mead NRA contains two large lakes, Lakes Mead and Lake Mohave, which are reservoirs created by the [[Hoover Dam|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). ===Landscape=== ===Flora and fauna=== ===Climate=== 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.