Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead is located on the Colorado River, approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, in the States of Nevada and Arizona. The many marinas and coves can be accessed from North Shore Road, Lake Shore Road, and Highway 93 in Nevada, and several roads in Arizona. Many of the coves do not have road access, you can reach them only by boat.
From Moapa Valley, the closest Marina is Echo Bay, approximately 20 miles from Overton. Other popular areas close to Moapa Valley include Stewart’s Point, and St. Thomas. Overton Beach Marina was closed at the end of 2006 due to low water levels. This was the closest Marina to Moapa Valley and a favorite of locals and visitor alike.
LAUNCH RAMPS: There are several launch ramps on Lake Mead, and because of the fluctuating water levels, it’s a good idea to check current conditions while planning your trip.
For complete and updated information, please visit the Lake Mead Website
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and was formed by the impounding of the Colorado River when Hoover Dam was built. It extends 112 miles behind the dam, and holds 28,500,000 acre feet of water. It was named after Elwood Mead (1858–1936), who was the commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1924 to 1936 during the planning and construction of the Boulder Canyon Project that created the dam and lake.
Lake Mead was first known as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area starting in 1936, under the administration of the National Park Service. In 1964, it was established as Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and added Lake Mohave and Shivwits Plateau to its jurisdiction. It was the first National Recreation Area in the country.