Lake Mead: the Largest Man-Made Lake in the USA

For 6 months due to work I was living in a rather un-lively city in Arizona. I was grateful to discover Lake Mead my first weekend there.

By: Natalie F + Save to a List

There is so much to do at Lake Mead!  And, of course, it's just down the road from Vegas so it's an easy stop if you are heading towards Las Vegas or using that airport.  


  • Hiking trails; Callville Summit was a fun one. No shade here of course, so bring a hat and plenty of water. 
  • Hoover Dam is close by and worth a stop 
  • Fee to enter, but your NPS annual pass works if you have one 
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area became the first national recreation area in 1964
  • Willow Beach is a popular place to rent kayaks from 
  • Here’s a list of scenic drives
  • Here’s the different beaches you can relax at; one I recommend is PWC Beach.  
  • The Lake Mead Visitor Center is located off of U.S. 93, just 4 miles southeast of Boulder City.

Lake Mead Visitor Center

10 Lakeshore Rd

Boulder City, NV 89005

View from the Callville Summit Hike

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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