Lake Mead, the largest man made reservoir in North America, is located on the outskirts of Las Vegas and is accessible in many directions. Lake Mead was created with the building of the Hoover Dam, using water from the Colorado River and no as the Southwest experiences it’s worst drought on record, Lake Mead’s water levels are now lowering to dangerous levels.
As boat launches close Echo Bay becomes best option.
The result of the drought, is that many boat launches throughout Lake Mead are being closed as the water levels lower. Currently the boat launch sites: Government Wash, The Pearce Ferry Wash and the Las Vegas Bay are closed due to extremely low water levels. Click here to see the effects of the drought on Lake Mead.
Directions to Echo Bay and Overtone.
With these boat launch options off the table, the best and most convenient launch site is the Echo Bay Launch. Echo Bay is located in the city of Overtone, an hour drive North of Las Vegas. To access Echo Bay from Las Vegas, head North on Las Vegas Blvd to Lake Mead Blvd. Turn right on Lake Mead Blvd (East), this will take you over Sunrise Mountain and you will see Lake Mead as you descend in the Valley. Once you reach Highway 167 turn left (North) this will take you on a 30 minute scenic drive to Overtone and Echo Bay. See full details of Echo Bay with directions here.
Lake Mead fees: best option is to get the yearly National Parks pass.
The fees in regards to Lake Mead can be pre paid with the best option of a National Parks pass for $50. This will allow you year round access to not only, Lake Mead but National Parks throughout the country. The second option is a year pass to Lake Mead for $20. Otherwise you must pay $5 for each entry into the Lake Mead National Park. Permanently disabled visitors receive free entry and seniors receive a discount of $10 per year.
Vessel fees are similar. A season pass is $10 per year to launch and a fee of $5 a day up to five days. Seniors again get half off on the vessel fees as do the permanently disabled. To view a complete breakdown of fees go to the official Lake Mead website.
Echo Bay includes all necessary amenities for the boater.
Echo Bay is a full service launch area that includes all the needs of the boater. Echo Bay has a full service campground, lodging options for those that do not wish to camp, many fine restaurants, grocery store with propane available and a laundromat.
Echo Bay is just as busy in the Winter months as it is during the hot Summers. During the Winter months many retirees visit to escape the brutal weather of January and February in the Northern states. Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend are of course the two busiest weekends as well as the Fourth of July holiday (depending on where the day falls).
www.suncities.com fees and information.