Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) is located in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona,USA. The centerpieces of Lakes Mead National Recreation Area are its two large reservoirs , Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is known for its mild winters, hot summers and spectacular scenery. Many people come to relax and recreate in the land of the sun. Sunbathers, boaters and water skiers spend summers here to toast in the 110 degree F plus temperatures. The area generally has less than five inches of annual rainfall. Water temperatures may range from 45 degrees F. to 85 degrees F.
Several paved roads wind through the dramatic desert scenery of Lake Mead NRA country, offering views of stark mountains, plateaus, desert basins of cactuses and creosote bush, and vertical-walled canyons. Shaded picnic areas with tables, water, fire grills, and restrooms are located throughout the area. Short desert hikes lead to places you will never see from a boat or car. Longer hikes demand careful planning; consult a topographical map and a park ranger. Always carry water; one gallon per day per person is advised.
Camping is a great way to spend a few nights under the Mojave Desert sky. Whether your method of camping is using a tent, RV or simply laying out under the stars in one of the park’s nine designated wilderness areas, Lake Mead NRA has a camping spot just for you.
With Lakes Mead and Mohave as the central focus, visitors to Lake Mead NRA are able to enjoy a variety of water-based 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 also favorite activities on the broad expanses of open water, along with kayaking and canoeing.