I am always looking for new places to paddleboard around St. George, which is my favorite thing to do in the entire world. I have gone paddleboarding in several places in Southern Utah, but have always wondered about Lake Mead. I talked my daughter Samantha into going on a road trip down south to Lake Mead. We piled our rafts and our floating cooler into the car and drove about an hour and a half to the lake. I was hoping that Lake Mead would be just as beautiful as Lake Tahoe, one of my favorite places in the world. Lake Mead is not like Lake Tahoe at all, but it is beautiful, serene, peaceful and uncrowded. We blazed our own trail and took a dirt road to the lake. We pumped up our rafts, attached our floating cooler and pushed off the beach to float around the lake. We had a great time. It was quiet and we only saw a couple of people fishing. The breeze gently pushed us around the lake and we enjoyed the sunshine, our view of the shore and several birds. We spent a few hours at the lake and then packed up our things and headed home. But first I traded my one time entrance $20 at the park entrance station for an annual pass $40. I definitely will be going back to Lake Mead in the future with my paddleboard!
FUN FACTS ABOUT LAKE MEAD
Lake Mead National Recreation Area spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes (Lake Mead and Lake Mohave)
You can boat, sail, paddleboard, kayak, hike, cycle, camp, picnic, horseback ride, scuba dive, swim and fish at the recreation area
Lake Mead is America’s largest reservoir with depths surpassing 500 feet
Within the park lies a Ghost town, St. Thomas, that was inundated when Lake Mead first filled up in the 1930’s with the completion of the Hoover Dam
According to the National Park Service - Lake Mead is home to desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, coyote, kit fox, bobcat, ringtail cat, desert tortoise, lizards, snakes and a wealth of bird species
If you have never visited Lake Mead, I would strongly encourage you to plan a visit. It is unlike any recreation area that I have ever explored.