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Lake Info: Lake Mead, Arizona


Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States. It is located on the Colorado River about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by water impounded by Hoover Dam, it extends 110 mi (180 km) behind the dam, holding approximately 28.5 million acre feet (35 kmĀ³) of water. The water held in Lake Mead is released to communities in Southern California and Nevada, via aqueducts.

Facilities and Parks: 

Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming, and relaxing in the sun. There are several marinas on the lake that rent luxury houseboats: Forever Resorts and Seven Crowns . With other smaller ones that rent small boats. The area also has many coves with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches to explore. There are several small to medium-sized islands in the lake area depending on the water level. In addition, the Alan Bible Visitor Center has a small cactus garden of plants native to the Mojave Desert.

Fishing Description: 

Striped bass are hitting live shad and rainbow trout imitations throughout the area stretching from Hemenway to Boulder Harbor. Shad imitations are also catching fish. Anglers are still catching small stripers in the Vegas Bay area though the action has tapered off somewhat. Fishing activity has picked up in the Overton arm, with striped bass taking bait and hitting on trolled hardware. NDOW is planting trout each Friday at Hemenway, Boulder Harbor and Crawdad Cove.

Directions to Lake: 

Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation.

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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Vineyard Restaurant & Bar
  • 101 Via Vin Santo - Henderson, NV
  • (702) 567-9410
    Bradley's Bar-B-Q
  • 650 E Horizon Dr - Henderson, NV
  • (702) 565-3144

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