Originally I had intended to take a flight from Las Vegas over the Grand Canyon, but instead we did the Pink Jeep tour to Hoover Dam. The trip to the dam was interesting and we got to go to the observation deck and see the film before we went on to the Grand Canyon
I didn't actually do this but the Bureau of Reclamation offers self-paced tours of the dam called The Discovery Tour with presentations and talks at strategic locations both within the dam and at the visitor centre.
There can be queues and it is recommended that you allow about 2 hours if you want to go on one.
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In 1931 as railroad spur was built to bring in supplies of the building of the dam. After the completion of the Dam in 1935 it was abandon. In 1962 the rail tracks were removed.
Today you can walk or bicycle along the elevated railroad bed while enjoying the spectacular views of Lake Mead and the surrounding desert landscape. It was nominated in 1984 to the National Register of Historic Places.
Located along the route towards the dam is a road that takes you to a beautiful overlook of Lake Mead. A great place to take some wonderful photographs. There are so really helpful information plaques that talk about significant areas from the overlook.
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
Visitor Center (Open 7 Days a Week)
Park Info. Desk (Open M-F)
Lake Mead has plenty of wonderful boat ramps, but it is always a good idea to know which ones are open or closed. All of course according to summer and winter seasons which ramps are open or closed. Plus they have some very serious regulations and you could easily be inspected at anytime. So its always another good idea to observe this for your safety and the safety of your family and friends.
Boating Rules and Safety Procedures
Katherines Landing - Highway 68
Princess Cove - Highway 68 to 10
Cottonwood Cove - Highway 164
Willow Beach - Highway 93
Las Vegas Boat Harbor - Highway 93
Hemenway - Highway 93
Temple Bar - Highway 74
South Cover - Highway 146
Pearce Ferry - Highway 146
Lake Mead - Highway 146
Government Wash - Highway 147
Callville Bay - Highway 147
Echo Bay - Highway 147
Overton Beach - Highway 169
Boulder Beach, just after the entrance station coming from The Hoover Dam, has a lakeside picnic area which is popular with local residents for a day out complete with the whole barbie kit - gas-fired BBQ, spare gas bottles, portable stereos, guitars, steaks, salads, and whatever. This is done quite seriously with the whole extended family invited. As always with barbies the women do all the prep work whilst the guys chuck a few steaks on and make out they are the real workers!
This made our simple picnic of last night's doggy bags look a bit sad really!
30 years later... still fish to feed at Lake Mead. Some kids had fun feed them the crumbs we brought. I didn't see any popcorn for sale like in the old days. Maybe it isn't politically correct to feed the fish anymore?
2 good areas for viewing-
1) Coming over the hill from Boulder City , the lake seems to pop up out of nowhere. Stop by the Lake Mead Recreation Area sign. (There is a small pulloff area there.)
2) On the way to Hoover Dam (coming from Boulder Beach), there is a viewpoint on the left side. You will have to drive up a slight hill. There will be a big parking lot at the top.
Just follow the sign. It mentions "viewpoint" or some words to that effect.
The view overlooks the entire Boulder Beach. It's beautiful.
As an added plus, look down over the side and you will see lots of chimpmunks running around.
And look for the abandonded train tunnel that was used during the building of Hoover Dam. It's to the left view area.
Half the sack of salted popcorn, I shared it back to my little boy..he could enjoy the Marina's fishes more than I. Those ducks are on diet...they just got some few bite from popcorns, I don't really know what they want.
I bought a sack of popcorn for my little boy at the resort grocery store, It cost $1.50 per sack...normally it is only sold to feed fishes within marina!!
...and the carpers get wild with the salted popcorn, my little Kyle had fun feeding them and the papa joined as well.
Maybe not for you but kids would love it. When we walk towards Marina, we were amazed to flocked carpers by the edge of passage way. We walked farther and seems that they were following us :-) are they used to get fed by public?
Pay a visit to this place....here you can dine in at their restaurant or even have some drink at the covered lake front with stunning LAKE VIEW and mountains. You can even have a walk around to discover what more these resort has to offer.
Young children will love the chance to feed the fish in Lake Mead. Carp are related to those cute little goldfish that swim lazily around bowls. Feeding carp is nothing at all like a pet goldfish. So make sure to buy a bag of popcorn and feed the carp. In this picture you can see the little pieces of popcorn floating on the water. I have a few more pictures taken the same day in the Boulder City travelogue about Hoover Dam.
But when I was a very little girl, the part that I liked the most about going to Lake Mead was feeding the fish. Even though these pictures were taken over 30 years ago, for families traveling to Las Vegas, a day trip to Lake Mead with young children should include a stop to feed the fish.
That might not sound all that exciting for adult travellers, but believe me your children will love to see the feeding frenzy. There are plenty of places nearby to stop considering Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in North America. So make sure to buy a bag of popcorn and feed the carp (they aren't starving, but it is a custom).
Or, you could bring your little yellow submarine. Someone did. I saw this one pulled off the road on the Lake Mead Highway.
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