4 Fun Things to do at Lake Mead

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Yes, I know it’s hard to believe. There are people who actually come to Las Vegas and never leave the Strip.  Shocking.  Some people just can’t fathom anything else beyond those bright lights and the crowds of people.  Or maybe it’s they just don’t know what else is really “out there”!

While Las Vegas possesses a dreamy nightlife and maybe an awesome day life around the pools.  But just imagine what you would discover if you rented a car and take a 40-minute drive south of Vegas.  That little drive will bring you past historic Boulder City and out to the gorgeous Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This lake was created in the 1930s by the building of the nearby Hoover Dam and is surrounded by spectacular desert views.

Here are 4 things to do in Las Vegas‘s Lake Mead that will make your vacation a once-in-a-lifetime experience:


Imagine boating across blue waters surrounded by soul-filling scenery. Lake Mead offers just that! There are also several options you can opt from. Rent one of the marinas or take it up a notch by bringing your own boat! However, that would require you to purchase a vessel pass from the entrance. This is guaranteed to make boating at Lake Mead a private moment for you!

Sidenote:  Like to fish?  Lake Mead is regularly stocked with largemouth bass, rainbow trout, black crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, and other freshwater fish.

The Northshore Drive

If the water-based activities get too much for you, drive along the north-western edge of Lake Mead. Driving miles overlooking the Muddy Mountains is sure to leave you awestruck. As a pro tip, remember to prepare a road-trip-worthy playlist before you hit the scenic road!



Not my idea of spending a night, but for others, the dreamy idea of camping under a starry sky will certainly come to life at Lake Mead. There are several campgrounds with different facilities. Look up options like the Boulder Beach campground that might prove to be your ideal camping site! From picnic tables to clean restrooms, these camping sites will make you feel like you are at home away from home.

Historic railroad Tunnels

Railroad Tunnels

Gear up to teleport back to the steam locomotion era! The 3.7-mile trail starts right before the park’s main entrance and takes you to the Hoover Dam. Originally built in 1931 to get the trains down to the dam site, this trail is great for a family walk since the path is flat and the walk does not take hours!

Final Thoughts

Out of the many things to do in Las Vegas, Lake Mead is an ideal natural respite! The combination of water and desert scenery makes Lake Mead an ideal stop to relax and catch a breath. If you are planning on visiting Las Vegas, make sure you pack your trekking shoes and camps. Lake Mead awaits you!

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