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Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area

About

National Park Service

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Las Vegas Bay Campground is located just minutes from Las Vegas on the western edge of the park and has lush vegetation that shades nearly every campsite. There is a mix of palm trees, oleanders, mature cottonwood trees and native vegetation that also helps provide privacy between sites. Wildlife in the area includes many species of birds and lizards along with antelope squirrels and the occasional coyote.

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Location

Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in Nevada

Detail location of campground

Directions

Located just minutes from Las Vegas off Lakeshore Road near Henderson, NV. Take Lake Mead Parkway east to the entrance. Follow the road about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Las Vegas Bay access road and take your first left onto Las Vegas Bay Campground Road. You will arrive at the campground in approximately one mile.

Address

601 Nevada Way
Boulder city, NV 89005

Coordinates

36.127845 N
114.87257 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
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  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin
  • Yurts
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Big Rig Friendly

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15 Reviews

JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 8, 2023

Affordable but busy weekends

We stayed here 30 days at half price because we have a senior park pass.

Site44
Month of VisitMay
Les W.
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Very quite

This campground is very quite but seems to have smaller sites than others. When entering there are few spots to accommodate bigger trailers although some spots you can see where the site has been extended into the dirt. I like the no generator section as it is super quite at night. Quite time starts at 10pm in other sections.

Site78
Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Les W., November 26, 2021
Daphne W.
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2021

Great Place to Camp!

Great experience. I arrived late at night and was still able to check in with a pay stub. Even though it’s mid/late November the weather was great! Just take a cool weather sleeping bag and you’ll be good.

This campground is reservable 15 days in advance, but if you missed that deadline, there is first come-first serve camping as well. There were many spots open when I came. When you get here, scout for a spot, remember your site number and license plate info, and then go back to pay at the pay stub center (at the entrance of the campground).

Its $20 a night to camp here. BRING CASH! :)

No showers, just bathrooms.

Site77
Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Daphne W., November 21, 2021
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T K.
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2021

Every site has amazing views

This campsite is about 10 miles from the Boulder Campground and RV Village. All sites has prefect views of the surrounding mountains. All sites that are situated on the outer rim of the campground, be weary. Most have a good steep decline not to far away from the pavement. I would just be a little careful with kids or dogs. One section does not allow generators. They do have an on site dump station for rigs. No hookups though.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by T K., July 19, 2021
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M
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2021

Beautiful views, clean

The sites are a first come first served basis. There are paved parking pads, concrete table, bbq grill, and fire rings at each site. View of a canyon stream, some coyotes heard at night. There is a restroom with flushable toilets that are clean. There is a free dump station. Rates are $20 per night, $10 for senior or access pass holders.

Site56
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Minda B., June 15, 2021
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Dane F.
Reviewed May. 23, 2021

Great campground

Great campground, each campsite had a table and grill. Bathrooms were clean.

Site77
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Dane F., May 23, 2021
Jamie H.
Reviewed May. 6, 2021

Its ok.

 There are bathrooms with toilets and sinks.  The sites are a little close together but the views on the outside sites facing the water are incredible.  Spectacular views of the stream.  The campground host is also very nice.  There are trails at one of the campground that are fun to walk.  

I saw a coyote in the campground one morning but he ran away when I stood up.  The last time I camped here, someone had a dog that they didn't leash and he kept running into my campground so that was annoying because my dog is afraid of other dogs and we ended up not staying the night because of that.

  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Jamie H., May 6, 2021
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Brittney  C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2021

cool camp host

it's a little way to the water but it's central for all your exploring needs.

Clean bathrooms and paved roads perfect for bike riding.

oleanders trees separate your neighbors

each spot has tables and fire rings.

nice size spots for you to park at.

boulder beach is about a 15-minute drive from here and government wash is about 20.

lake las vegas is about 10 minutes

the strip is about 30 mins

lost to explore for sure

if you don't have a nation rec pass be ready to pay to get in.

  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Brittney  C., April 29, 2021
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R
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2021

Wonderful!

Free dump station and potable water. Dispersed spaces asphalt pads, concrete picnic tables, fire rings and gorgeous views. What more can we ask? It’s quiet except for the birds. Quail are everywhere. Close to the water and it’s peacefully quiet.

Theresa R.
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2020

The best so far!

This is by far the best national Park campground we have stayed at. They have planted lots of trees in the campground for shade in the middle of the desert. So from the highway you come in at, it looks like a little oasis in the middle of the desert. We arrived on Wednesday and had about 3/4 of the campground to choose from. There were fire rings, picnic tables, and a trash dumpster, plus clean restrooms. There is a dump station and also fresh water to fill your freshwater tank. No hook ups, so bring everything you need. Highly recommended!

Bonnie C.
Reviewed May. 28, 2020

Great Camping

We love camping at Las Vegas Bay campground at Lake Mead. The campground is very close to the wash that comes from Lake Las Vegas. Lots of wildlife!! Sites are small. RVs larger than 31 ft will have a hard time fitting. This is dry camp only. No hookups or dump station. Portable water is available. Sites are well developed.

  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Bonnie C., May 28, 2020
Andrew S.
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2020

Fun and easy to find!

Great views and good hikes! I had a blast!

  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Andrew S., March 20, 2020
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Lance E.
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2019

Great campground close to LV

Love this campground. Easy access from Las Vegas, but feels a world away. Lots of big trees and bushes make the campground feel like an oasis. I’ve come out here on holiday weekends and was always able to find a site. Many of them have great views. The sites over looking the wash allow you to hear a river while you sleep! At night I’ve always heard coyotes and owls. Access to Lake Mead is a 15 minute drive away. Restrooms are flush facilities and clean.

  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Lance E., October 8, 2019
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Colette K.
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2018

Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead Nat'l Recreation Area

The best parts of this campground is that there is cell service, restrooms, and an RV dump station. It's a very dry and sad campground, with no view of the lake as it has receded too far with the low lake levels. It used to be a convenient place to camp close to the Las Vegas Bay Marina. The marina is now closed to docking, but there is dry storage for watercraft. There are also day use facilities: Shaded picnic areas and public restroom. For a campground that doesn't remind you of a ghost town, try Boulder Beach Campground, just south of here.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Colette K., October 31, 2018
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Crystal C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2018

Relaxing Space

Of the campgrounds I checked out in this area I found this one to be one of the nicer ones. Unlike some which had a lot of random garbage this one was well maintained and looked like those who stayed respected the area more.

Sites here were smaller than most but since I stay in a tent of course I had plenty space for my car and tent alike without struggle. I do not see this working well for longer rigs though that need a pull through that is much longer.

I had plenty of space between me and my neighbor and with some low level brush it stopped any of the brash winds from effecting me at night. I had a picnic table and fire ring, standard to most camping sites and that made for a perfect set up for me as I don't really need all that extra most of the time.

The weather was nice other than the wind when I was there so I didn't have any reason to need to plug anything in to keep cool but I do know I wouldn't even attempt to stay here after late May it just gets way to hot. Not to mention they do have a lot of snakes in this area when the heat gets to that point, so no thanks!

The night was quiet, I had read that there were a lot of coyotes but I heard none in the area instead only the sounds of someones RV making a humming noise a few sites over.

The bathrooms were well kept and there was water scattered throughout the campground which made it easy to access. My only complaint in regard to either of these was that the bathrooms did maybe need a bit of restock, but since I am always prepared that wasn't an issue. I would suggest also always being prepared!

TIPS:

  • Don't leave trash at your site or food outside of your vehicle if you are in a tent. While I did not hear coyotes others have reported that not to be the case. Many times these animals are out because they smell food and are wanting to look for it.
  • Take advantage of lake views for great sunset pictures. I was so upset by the time I got to my campsite I had used all my battery and missed some of the best views of the day.
  • Check out hiking in this area. One of the best trails nearby is just a couple miles up at White Owl Canyon. It is marked on this map, however if you go and get a map from rangers you will not find the trail, this is because it is a wash area and is closed from time to time. Simply ask for directions to the trailhead when passing though the rangers station.
  • Review photo of Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Crystal C., August 1, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Las Vegas Bay Campground — Lake Mead National Recreation Area?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.