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Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is the USA's fifth most visited national park unit with more than 7 million visits a year.

Lake Mead was established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936, administrated by the National Park Service. It was then changed to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 1964.

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Few sights in the American West compare with the surreal juxtaposition of a massive body of captive cool water in the midst of the Mojave, the country’s driest and hottest desert.
- Hal Rothman, cited in Lake Mead rings in 50 years as recreation area


Lake Mead NRA has nine designated wilderness areas:

Black Canyon Wilderness

Eldorado Wilderness

Ireteba Peaks Wilderness

Nellis Wash Wilderness

Bridge Canyon Wilderness

Spirit Mountain Wilderness

Jimbilnan Wilderness

Muddy Mountains Wilderness

Pinto Valley Wilderness

Most park visitors will probably never enter into a wilderness area, yet they enjoy wilderness as a scenic backdrop to developed park areas.

Water Trail

The Black Canyon Water Trail is located along a rugged and remote portion of the Colorado River in Arizona and Nevada within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The trail begins at the base of the Hoover Dam and meanders through Black Canyon along 30 miles of the Colorado River. The trail terminates at Eldorado Canyon, the historic mining area on Lake Mohave. This spectacular river setting provides unique paddling and rafting opportunities from flowing hot springs in some of the side canyons to the history associated with the Hoover Dam and the early inhabitants of the surrounding areas.

The Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance submitted the Black Canyon Water Trail application in 2012. Through this designation, it is now one of 16 nationally recognized water trails nationwide. It is the first water trail in America’s Southwest and the first that traverses through a desert.

Visitors can access the Black Canyon Water Trail through a guided tour at the base of the Hoover Dam or from Willow Beach, Arizona, or near an old mining town in Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.

As visitors travel down the 30-mile trail alongside wilderness and solitude, they can stop at sandy beaches, colorful caves, plentiful coves and active hot springs. Desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife are often seen on the cliffs along the river. There is also a great deal of history associated with the construction of and research connected to Hoover Dam including the sauna cave, gauging stations, catwalks, trails and building foundations.

For more information on the Black Canyon Water Trail

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Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at Nevada's border with Arizona. The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours in 1937. Today, close to 1,000,000 visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam.

Hoover Dam creates the largest man-made lake in North America: Lake Mead. Three of America's four desert ecosystems -- the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts -- meet in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This reservoir supplies 90% of the valley's water supply and water levels have fallen bit by bit for a decade.
The Hoover Dam was officially dedicated on September 30, 1935. At 726 feet high and more than 1,200 feet long when built, it was the tallest dam in the world. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the dam’s dedication.

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Lake Mead passing through historic milestone this evening june 28, below elevation 1,072 for first time since filling

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The Lake Mead Visitor Center is open 9am-4:30pm., Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
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March 19 Bioblitz
The BioBlitz is Saturday, March 19. Come and help Lake Mead NRA count and identify plants and animals found at the park. Volunteer citizen scientists are needed to assist with this important day. Contact Nancy Bernard at (702) 293-8714 or To register go to

An economic model developed for the Clark County area in the 2010 Southern Nevada Visitor Use Monitoring Survey estimated that Lake Mead NRA contributes $406 million in sales for local businesses, 3,724 full and part-time jobs, and $255 million in value added, which includes employee compensation and proprietary income, profits and rent associated with local businesses, and indirect business taxes and sales taxes.