Mead National Recreation Area
located in the southeast corner of Nevada. It is only about 30
miles away from Las Vegas at its closest point, Las Vegas Bay.
There are three ways to get to Lake Mead from
Las Vegas; Lake Mead Blvd through North Las Vegas; Lake Mead Drive
Each route is labeled on the map below.
Mead Boulevard is recommended if you want to take the North Shore
Scenic Drive, visit Callville Bay, Echo Bay, Red Stone, Rogers
Spring, Overton Beach or the Valley of Fire. From downtown
Las Vegas, drive north on I 15. Turn right at Lake Mead Blvd. This
will take you through North Las Vegas and in between Frenchmen's'
and Sunrise Mountains. After you leave I 15, it will be about 5
miles to the summit. From there you will get an excellent view of
the Las Vegas Valley. About 12 miles later you will come to an
intersection with Highway 167, the North Shore Road. The sign
explains your options.
Mead Drive can easily be accessed from the south part of Las
Vegas, including the strip by taking I 15 south to I 215 taking
that route south all the way. This freeway turns into Lake Mead
Drive at its terminus. Stay on Lake Mead Drive and it will take
you out of the Las Vegas Valley towards Lake Mead. At the Highway
167 intersection you will get the choice to go towards Lake Mead
Marina and Hoover Dam or to the North Shore Road.
The US 93 route is fastest if you want to get to Hoover
Mead Marina, Hemenway Harbor and Boulder Beach. From downtown Las
Vegas Vegas just take US 93 south towards Phoenix. This freeway
will take you through Henderson and across Railroad Pass into
Boulder City. Until the Bypass Project is complete, US 93/95 will
route through Hoover Dam. In Boulder City the turn off to Hoover
Dam also takes you to Lake Mead close to the areas of Boulder
Beach, Hemmenway Harbor an Lake Mead Marina.
you get there ...
Mead NRA covers a large area and touches 3 states. Some of the
major spots are located below. Lake Mead is divided into 5
'basins'. Starting from the north is the Overton Arm, then Virgin,
Boulder, Temple and Gregg Basins. Lake Mead NRA is also next to
Valley of Fire State Park in the north and the Grand Canyon to the
For the most complete set of maps the best place to look is at the
Park Services web site. They have free downloadable maps
available. These are great maps for every part of Lake Mead NRA,
boaters maps, interactive maps, campground maps and more. For more
information and links go to our map