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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is the USA’s fifth most popular national park unit with more than 7 million visits a year.

With the creation of what would be named Hoover Dam, Lake Mead was first established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936, administrated by the National Park Service. The name then changed to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 1964.

We are fans of the beaches and marinas. The bathtub ring generates automatic attention and you’ll notice that many of the restroom facilities are located further from the water’s edge than they used to be.

Albeit artificial, Lake Mead is Nevada’s only lake with an exit to the sea.

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