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Getting to and around Lake Mead

Lake Mead is one of two lakes in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The other, Lake Mohave is south of Lake Mead and down river from Hoover Dam. These two lakes as well as the 1.5 million surrounding acres comprise the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which is managed by the National Park System.

The Lake Mead Visitor Center, also called the Alan Bible Visitor Center, is located off of U.S. 93, four miles southeast of Boulder City.

Local Airports
There are several airports in the area, although the majority of the air traffic goes in and out of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas which is approximately 30 minutes away. There are other airports in Las Vegas although they serve executive jets and private aircraft; these include North Las Vegas Airport that recently completed a multi-million dollar makeover, Henderson Executive Airport and Boulder City Municipal Airport.

Getting There
There is no public transportation to Lake Mead from Las Vegas. However, there are any number of tour operators that will pick you up from your hotel, casino, condo or resort for a tour of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. You can choose between, planes, helicopters, buses, open air pink Jeeps and other companies that will take you into the park and set you off on a mountain bike.

Getting Around
Paved roads lead to all major sites. There are many approved backcountry roads. Stop by and visit the Lake Mead Visitor Center or download a backcountry road maps below.

There are nine main access points to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Hoover Dam and the south and western sections of Lake Mead are accessed off U.S. Highway 93. The Northeast area, or Overton Arm, is accessed from U.S. Highway 15, while the Southeastern section and Temple Bar Marina are accessible from Arizona and Highway 93.

Lake Mohave is accessed from U.S. Highway 95 on the Western side, U.S. Highway 93 on the Eastern side, Laughlin and Katherine's Landing from U.S. Highway 40.

See the park maps below to find the route best for you.

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