Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Willow Beach at Lake Mead

Head out for a trip to Willow Beach Campground for fun on the water! Located in the Black Canyon region of the Colorado River, Willow Beach has 235 miles of shoreline to explore with some of the most unique scenery and wildlife to see. As a part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area in Arizona, we have boating rentals available to complete your trip including canoes, powerboats, and other watercraft to enjoy a day out on the water. Campgrounds and RV spaces are also available to extend your stay as well as marina services including a lakeside convenience store, gift shop, and restaurant.

Price
$50.00
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Willow Beach at Lake Mead is located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona
Latitude
35.87 N
Longitude
-114.66 W
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14 Reviews of Willow Beach at Lake Mead
Hidden gem!

Willow Beach campground and marina is a part of the Lake Near National Recreation Area. It does require an annual pass to enter the area. Once in the check in at the Camp Store was easy and the staff was incredibly friendly. We stayed in b06 a spacious spot with a killer view that was well maintained and perfect for family camping. The are can be windy, so if that bothers you, check the weather closely before going. The marina is full of boarlts, jet skis, kayaks qnd rafts. Lots of swimming areas but no life guards for kids or adults who need supervision.

Campground

This is a fairly new camping area. Offers full hook ups as well as tent only camping. Landscaping and spacing is really nicely done. Camp ground also offers clean toilet and shower area accessible only by keycard. You get the key card when you check in. Also has a laundry facility. The Marina offers boat, kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals but reserve in advance!! Advance reservations for full hook up is also a must! Campground is quite. All sites have a picnic table and campfire ring. Tent sites also have poll for lamp. Small store at marina offers bait, food for camping souvenirs and firewood. Also a restaurant with a full service bar. Must wear face mask to go into either.

River Beaches

Great stretch of river that has several sections suitable for beach access. There’s a dock and boat launch area with beaches on both sides great for day camping but no overnight camping. We parked at a nearby parking lot and took our things down to the water and found a semi-shaded spot under a willow tree. The water was pretty cold but very clean and refreshing. The far side of the river is only accessible by hiking or kayaking across so the view was pretty much undisturbed. We saw a small group of big horn running across the hill side and down to the water for a drink. Very cool. As the day progressed the shade diminished so a canopy would have been very useful. We went in May and it was very full by the time we arrived at 11am. You can’t have open fires but charcoal or gas grills are fine. There are dumpsters but no running water or trash receptacles near so bring what you need and pack out what you bring.

A great day trip option for locals

A family friendly shaded picnic area with a grill. Each picnic table is shaded but they go fast on the weekends. There is a convenience store and a grill with burgers and fries. You can rent boats but it can get pricey. There are some shallow, calmer parts of the water that are perfect for kids.

The daily rate is $30 per vehicle unless you have an annual pass. There is also one pay phone that charges an outrageous rate per minute, so pack your outdoor essentials to be prepared.

Not dispersed, not open

We went here hoping to find free camping—it was the end off September and they were closed. It is now a private campground and we would have had to pay if they’d been open.

Willow Beach experience

Nice cold water, WiFi, clean bathroom, Fishing, rental kayaks, picnic area, and very clean willow Beach.

Great campground

Not far from Vegas lots of amenities the water in lake Mohave is way cleaner and clear bring your scuba gear kayak canoe boat can’t go upriver towards the dam on Sunday’s with a motor paddle only keep that in mind great fishing and spear fishing no limit on carp great for target practice invasive species and don’t hurt the channel catfish or Razorbacks I’ve seen big horn sheep around the camp and waters edge fish cleaning station small store boat rentals everything in one amazing spot go for it !! You won’t be disappointed but keep in mind it does get crowded get your spot early unless your launching a boat and find a spot on the river I recommend way better some old mining equipment upriver to see and hot springs

Very updated and free WiFi

Just bought my camper so this was the close place to test it and it is wonderful. No cell reception but free WiFi is a bonus! Bathrooms were very clean and new. Half of the camping spots were pull throughs which are nice if you are still practicing to back in. Trailer spots are next to the tent spots. Can walk down to the water a little ways where there is a small place to eat. Very dark at night and great to see stars!

Beautiful campground

We stayed at one of the tent spaces that are walk up but it is a small walk. Wonderfully views, clean bathrooms and showers. Loved this campground the beach is a short drive but super nice. The store is super nice, didn't try the restaurant but will next time.

Great Access To Colorado River To Launch Your Adventure

I had been staying in this area for a while searching for various campsites and had been to the Arizona Hot Springs a couple times, continually seeing people pulling in via boat and never knew where they were launching from, until I found this place. it seems like this place is where it all begins for those adventures.

With much of the area being desolate looking around, this was like an oasis just waiting to be discovered. It isn't that there is some magic lawn that spawns up out of the desert sands and makes it look like something it isn't, though there is grass that isn't what I am speaking on. Instead it is that this place is very commercial in comparison to almost every other campground in this area, much of which are barebones and basic. This site however has nice showers and bathrooms, a restaurant, gift shop, a marina, fishing dock, boat rentals and a laundry. Unlike so many campgrounds the sites here are also WIFI ready.

The tent site I checked out was $30 but included access to the ramp which is why a lot of people choose this site for their adventures. This is one of the best launch areas in way of well maintained sites you will find on this side of the Lake Mead Recreational Area.

I enjoyed a great shower here with amazing pressure, had awesome night sky views down by the water and finally was able to figure out just where all these people were getting their water fix. Not to mention there was some great access to rock scrambling along the shore line for some amazing peaceful places to relax and take in the clearness of the water.

TIPS:

  • Come early or call in advance, there are only 6 tent sites. Everything else is set up for an RV.

  • Check out their discounts available for veterans which is a great deal.