Do the research before planning a Lake Mead vacation. Tourists need to plan a few extra days to get everything in. Lake Mead, 24 miles from Las Vegas, is the largest reservoir in the country. The reservoir was formed by Hoover Dam and is 112 miles long. Unfortunately, persistent drought conditions have kept the lake from being full since 1983. Interestingly, Lake Mead is a National Park and there are plenty of things to see and do.
Tourists will appreciate a number of water activities including houseboat rentals on Lake Mead. There are several marinas with different sized houseboats. Some boats can hold up to 12 people. A houseboat is the perfect way to enjoy water-sports and other activities. Use the houseboat as a base during the trip. Everyone will want to use one day to see the Las Vegas strip. Of course, much of the time will be spent doing water-sports.
The blue waters of Lake Mead are ideal for swimming and water skiing. Indeed, water skiing on Lake Mead is exhilarating. Boats and skis are available for rental at the various marinas.
Sportsmen and Sportswomen come from all over to go fishing at Lake Mead. The lake is home to largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill. One angler was in for a big surprise recently. He reeled in a walleye from the Lake. Park rangers say there are a few walleye in the lake. However, they are seldom caught. The lake is well-known for striped bass. Bass are caught that weigh up to 40 pounds.
Tourists vacationing at Lake Mead must explore the area. Indeed, a hike through the park is amazing. A large part of the park covers the eastern Mojave Desert. The desert is famous for bold-colored rock formations. Rangers caution that hiking is not recommended during the day in the summer. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees. Explore the streets of St. Thomas. This town was formed in 1865 and was buried under water when the lake formed. Due to low water levels, the town can be explored again. Plan the trip carefully and enjoy the Lake Mead area.