Lake Mead National Recreation Area Things to Do

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    Something else!

    by Madasabull Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Now, I know we might have fell unlucky with the weather, I mean, fancy visiting a desert in the dry season :)

    But really, we were so shocked to find nothing there at Lake Mead, or Mead as it should be known, that we couldn't believe we trekked out to see it.

    I am told that in some places there is still enough water to have a few boats and to have a splash about, but we didn't really see much of anything here, but on the plus side, we had a nice drive out in the warm sunny weather, then a great meal back in Vegas.

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    Pink Jeep Tour

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 3, 2011

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    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

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    Hoover Dam Tours

    by johngayton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visitor Centre

    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.

    Website has all the info:

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    Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

    by Yaqui Written Dec 30, 2010

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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.

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    Lake Mead Overlook

    by Yaqui Written Dec 30, 2010

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    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.

    By Mail
    601 Nevada Way
    Boulder City, NV 89005

    By Phone
    Visitor Center (Open 7 Days a Week)
    (702) 293-8990

    Park Info. Desk (Open M-F)
    (702) 293-8906

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    Marina

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2010

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    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

    Ramps:
    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

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    Bring Your Barbie!

    by johngayton Written Jul 18, 2006

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    Barbie Area

    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!

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    Same Old Same Old

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Carp

    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?

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  • The beauty of the lake

    by BillGlo Written Jul 10, 2004

    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.

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    Popcorn for all

    by kylian74 Updated May 1, 2004
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    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.

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    Popcorn for all

    by kylian74 Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    my 2 men feeding carpers!

    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.

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    Watch carpers!!

    by kylian74 Written Apr 25, 2004

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    go watch them!

    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?

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    Beautiful Marina

    by kylian74 Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Lake Mead Marina

    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.

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    Feed the Fish

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 1, 2004
    Feeding Carp in Lake Mead

    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.

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    The View From A Dock

    by mcpangie Written Jan 1, 2004

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    Wow!

    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).

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