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Lake Mead Houseboating!

By: Ron Freeman on June 20, 2014, 3:48 pm

Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States. It is located on the Colorado River about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, between the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by water impounded by Hoover Dam, it extends 110 miles behind thedam, holding approximately 28.5 million acre feet of water. Lake Mead National Recreation Area provides a wide variety of unique outdoor recreation opportunities ranging from warm-water recreation to exploration of rugged and isolated backcountry. Visitors to Lake Mead find spectacular scenic vistas from the sparkling blue surface of the lake. Striking backdrops include deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, colorful soils and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation. Lake Mead is at an elevation of 1140 feet and is 247 square miles and it is 110 miles long with a width of 18 miles. There is 550 miles of shoreline. The lake has a depth of 225 feet. Imagine house boating on a lake this size! The possibilities are endless! Driving a houseboat is different than driving a car, but is not that difficult.

Most people get the hand of maneuvering the boat within a few minutes. Fishing is very popular on Lake Mead; imagine fishing from your houseboat, you will find a variety of fish at Lake Mead including Striped Bass, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Channel Catfish. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is home to bats, desert bighorn Sheep, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, and more. Also a variety of lizards and snakes including Gila monsters and the rattlesnakes. Bird species include the American Coot, Yellow Headed Blackbird, Mallard, Great Horned Owl, hummingbirds and many more. You can have up to 12 people on a house boat which makes this a very fun and social activity. Few places on earth match the raw, natural beauty of Lake Mead. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is getting up at dawn to greet the sunrise with a cup of coffee or a water-ski run on glass-like water, or maybe just relaxing on the top deck of a houseboat with friends and enjoying the glow of the sunset.

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