As The Chips Fall
Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers visitors a huge wealth of activities across its 1.5 million acres. At twice the surface area of Rhode Island, you can spend time on the lake, swimming, boating, and/or fishing, and there are hikes and on- and off-road biking trails for the adventurous to follow. The lake itself is the largest feature of the area. Located about 30 miles southeast of the heart of Las Vegas, it was formed in the 1930s by water impounded by the Hoover Dam, and extends more than 112 miles behind the dam.
The lake water is receding at an alarming rate, and in the last decade, the water level has dropped over 100 feet, making boating on the lake a potentially dangerous activity for those who haven’t studied the newest marine maps.
From Las Vegas, the typical entrance is made either from the Lake Mead Parkway or the Boulder highway (to Lake Mead Parkway). The closest marinas and only two in the Boulder Basin are Lake Mead Resort (5 miles from the west gate) and Marina or Callville Bay Marina (22 miles from the west gate).