Las Vegas is known for a lot of cool things; spectacular shows, glitzy casinos, and getting hitched at the famed Graceland Chapel by an Elvis Presley impersonator. But did you know you can also enjoy fishing and other water sports on the lakes of Las Vegas? It’s true!
Gone Fishin’ on Lake Mead
Drive about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, and you’ll find our nation’s largest reservoir, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The sprawling 150,000-acre lake reaches depths of 532 feet. If you’re visiting for the week, it’s worth the $25 day pass to enjoy the park. But if you’re going more than twice in a year, splurge for the $50 yearly pass.
Deep underwater drop-offs are the perfect climate for a plethora of fish species like bluegill and rainbow trout. Some large striped bass have even weighed in at 40+ lbs.
Since the lake is split down the middle with half of the lake being in Arizona, you’ll need to purchase a fishing license for whichever area you choose to fish. You can buy a license from one of the local bait and tackle shops, the parks concession stands or visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website. This website is also a great resource for up-to-date fishing regulations you may need to know.
Lake Mead has all the equipment you’ll need for a fun day on the water. Kayaks, canoes, water skis and paddle boards are available for rent right at the lake. There are plenty of boat launch points marked around the lake, as well.
Note: Just like Las Vegas, Lake Mead is open 24-hours a day, year-round. You may fish from watercrafts, piers, and shores. Bring the kids along. In Nevada, kids under 12-years-old do not need a fishing license.
The Marinas Around Lake Mead
Since 1957, the Gripentog Family has owned and operated the Las Vegas Boat Harbour. While you’re there, enjoy a tasty meal at the floating café—a unique floating restaurant with views of the marina.
The Lake Mead Marina is the place where locals like to gather. The Boat House restaurant and banquet facilities has huge rooms for weddings, birthdays, or any celebration!
Callville Bay Marina has beautiful houseboats for rent. The largest in the fleet is this 75-feet Xtreme Houseboat that sleeps up to 15 people. The large six-bedroom 2.5 bath is perfect for your entire family. Sail through the Mohave desert for a truly memorable vacation experience.
Hoover Dam Combination Tours
The Lake Mead cruise and Hoover Dam Tour is a great combination to get the most bang for your buck. Some boat tours also come with lunch or dinner served on the boat.
Lake Mead Campgrounds
Las Vegas Bay is a bay and campground at the western edge of Lake Mead. You won’t have to go entirely off the grid when you stay at any one of eight campsites in the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Each campsite has a site attendant, general store and other necessities, including the following must-haves.
- BBQ Grills
- Picnic Tables
- Free Wi-Fi
- Dump Station
- Fire Pit
- Firewood Available
Lake Las Vegas
While Lake Mead is an adventure in nature, Lake Las Vegas is more of an upscale area playground with plenty of family-friendly water fun. Just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip, a whole new beach vibe is waiting for you at Lake Las Vegas (Sometimes called Lake Las Vegas Resort Area).
The beautiful outdoor scenery and an Italian style village surround the deep blue shimmering lake waters of Lake Las Vegas. Although this lake is private, Lake Las Vegas Marina is open to the public with a slew of water-related recreations.
Lake Las Vegas Resort Watersports has everything you need for a wet n’ wild time on the lake.
- First up, go straight to Lake Las Vegas Resort Aquapark, the inflatable floating obstacle course.
- Propel yourself above the water and soar on a flyboard water jetpack.
- Get ready, set, go! The Cable Park pass will get you everything you need to fly around this cable-propelled obstacle course. Including a board or tube, life vest, and helmet.
Slow it Down
- Do you have a big event coming up? Why not go all out and charter a yacht for the day?
- Take your sweetheart out for a romantic brunch on the lake in a canopied electric boat.
- Relax and take in the scenery on a paddleboard or kayak.
Timeshares at Lake Las Vegas Resort Area
Two luxury lakefront Las Vegas timeshare resorts take center stage.
1. Hilton Lake Las Vegas is adjacent to a marina with concerts, boutique shopping and eclectic restaurants. Sip drinks in your private cabanas overlooking the lake.
2. Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort (by Marriott Vacation Club) Walk along private sandy beaches or choose an Aveda spa treatment to rejuvenate your soul. The 21-acre resort has two championship golf courses with lake views. Fine dining at Marssa Steak & Sushi House is the perfect end to a day in the sun.
Fishing on Lake Las Vegas
Lake Mead isn’t the only fishing game in town. Lake Las Vegas was privately built and finished in 1991, and some locals don’t even know about it. The four-mile walking trail around the lake is perfect for a stroll or to scout out the ideal place to cast a line. Fish from the shore or rent a boat locally. The lake is filled mostly with carp and bass.
Note: You can fish on Lake Las Vegas, but only if you are a resident or are staying at one of the lake’s resorts.
Although these two lakes are the biggest in the area, they are not the only place to catch your supper. Floyd Lamb Park Pond is one of four well-stocked ponds around the city. The others are Lorenzi Park Pond, Sunset Park Pond, and Boulder City Urban Pond in Henderson.
Happenings at Lake Las Vegas
Whether it’s a quiet day of shore fishing or a care-free day at the Aquapark, immerse yourself in cooling lake waters and discover a whole new Vegas vibe.