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Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV

Saturday, July 31, 1999 - 12:00pm by Lolo
55 miles and 1 hour from our last stop


Kid's in Lake MeadKid's in Lake MeadOur drive between the Hoover Dam and Zion National Park took us right past Lake Mead National Recreation Area. My first impression of Lake Mead from the overlook by the Visitor Center was that it seemed fake--more like a painting than reality. It was breathtakingly beautiful and had such an impact because it was the first time we had experienced the striking contrast of desert, water, and mountains in one visual expanse.

Rather than going back to I15, we chose the more scenic drive along the lakeshore. Around lunchtime, we stopped on the northern part of the lake at Overton Beach for a picnic lunch. As it was an extremely hot afternoon, we quickly donned our bathing suits and ran madly into the lake in hopes of some refreshment. However, at about 85 - 90 degrees, the tepid water was hardly refreshing. The water at this beach was quite shallow, probably accounting for its warm temperature. It was great fun anyway and a nice break on our 5 hour drive to Zion.


Lake Mead, which was the nation's. first National Recreation Area, is extremely popular for boating, fishing, and swimming. The two lakes that make up the Lake Mead NRA were formed by the Hoover and Davis Dams. Surrounding the lakes are the country's three major desert ecosystems--the Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran deserts.

Evelyn Hansen on February 24, 2006

I love lake Mead & it's tepid water!!!!
I love to just float on my back & go to sleep. I couldn't do that if the water were refreshingly cold. I used to go to Lake Mead every August, just for the really warm water.
You folks have a really great site.

Paul Carey on March 31, 2006

First, Thank you so much for your website. Next time you are in Lake Mead there is a 5 mile trail that goes through about 7 tunnel's that were used to build the Hoover Dam. The trail is below the visitors center (Boulder City side), before you enter the park and is called Historic Railroad Trail.


Paul Carey
Henderson, NV

Lake Mead National Recreation Area location map in "high definition"

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