Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States, containing enough water to cover the entire state of New York with 1 ft. of water (26 million acre ft.). It is located on the Colorado River in Nevada and Arizona, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The lake was created by the completion of Hoover Dam in 1935. Lake Mead National Recreation Area includes these waters as well as 1.5 million acres surrounding them. The recreation area provides a wide variety of unique outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from warm-water recreation to exploration of rugged and isolated back country.
Visitors to Lake Mead NRA will find spectacular scenic vistas from park roads, the lake surface, and non-structured walks. Striking backdrops for all recreational activities include deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, the lakes, colorful soils and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation.
Enjoy hundreds of miles of beautiful shoreline set within the red rocks of America's Southwest with a houseboat vacation from Temple Bar Marina on Lake Mead. It's the perfect way to put yourself in the middle of it all and enjoy everything that the lake has to offer.