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5 Ways to Spend the Day at Lake Mead

Are the bright lights, epic parties, and mega-casinos on the Strip too overwhelming? Skip all these and go on a natural escape on your next Las Vegas trip. Take a 40-minutes’ drive southeast from the Strip and arrive at Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the biggest artificial lake in the world. It has a 700-mile shoreline and six recreational centers offering many fun activities away from the city. Here are some ways to spend your day while at Lake Mead.

1. Boating

Boating on Lake Mead is one of the most relaxing activities in Las Vegas. With over 290 square miles of waterway to navigate, visitors can enjoy the adventure on open water or cool off in a private cove. However, make sure the weather is pleasant. You don’t want to be on the water when the wind is blowing, or there’s a storm coming in.

2. Scuba diving

Lake Mead is an amazing freshwater diving area. It offers a wide variety of diving opportunities for both beginners and experienced divers. You will see different water creatures and several fun human-made sites under the water. When you go scuba diving at Lake Mead, make sure you find out about the height of the water as it fluctuates year-to-year depending on drought situations.

3. Fishing

Fishing is very popular at Lake mead. Although, a license is required to fish inside the boundaries. Some of the most popular types to catch are striped bass, largemouth bass, and catfish. You can also fish for rainbow trout and bluegill. Cast fishing, as well as fly fishing, is allowed.

4. Hiking

The area around Lake Mead provides various hiking trails for all kinds of hikers. Less than eight miles from Lake Mead is the Historic Railroad Trail, which offers hikers an easy trek with beautiful sites. If you’re up for a challenge, tackle the more difficult Liberty Bell Arch Trail. Carry plenty of water as desert hiking can leave you dehydrated.

5. Take a scenic drive

Take a leisurely 60-mile drive north, along Lake Mead’s Overton Arm shoreline, ending at the Valley of Fire state park. Remember to bring your camera. From there, take Highway 169 West to I-15, then go south for the quickest route back to Vegas.

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