Lake Mead has over 700 miles of shoreline and a beautiful reservoir for boaters, swimmers, and anglers to explore! But Lake Mead offers visitors much more! The surrounding desert delights hikers, wildlife watchers, and photographers with a fantastic diversity of desert plants and animals, and dramatic desert scenery.
If You Go
Keep a look out on the steep, rocky hillsides around Hoover Dam, Bighorn Sheep. A hike up White Rock Canyon to Arizona Hot Springs gives visitors dramatic views of Lake Mead as well as a striking slot canyon and abundant desert life. Be prepared with plenty of water, and avoid this hike in the hot summer months. Visitors should also be aware of warnings related to amoeba common to thermal pools (see http://www.nps.gov/lame/planyourvisit/hikeazhot.htm).
Did You Know?
About 96 percent of the water in Lake Mead is from melted snow that fell in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Invasive Quagga mussels which impact the native ecosystem and sport fisheries. Each year, invasive mussels cause millions of dollars of damage to boat and water systems by clogging pipes and engines.