Boating Heaven is in Nevada: Five Lakes You Cannot Miss!
Along with the impressive variety of things to do and places to go in Nevada are the amazing lakes, some of which have paddlewheel cruises and rentable houseboats, but nothing beats taking your own boat out to explore and relax, all at the same time. Bouncing across sunlit waves, quietly fishing for trout, camping and swimming and… well, you get the idea. The lakes are planned for easy launching and storing of your boat. Nevada welcomes boaters and water sports participants with the proverbial open arms. Let’s check out the most significant lakes!
Nevada’s most famous lake is Lake Tahoe. Stunningly cradled in northern Nevada’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is popular for excellent reasons. One of the deepest lakes in the world and the biggest alpine lake in the US, Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border at an elevation of more than 6,200 feet. Seventy-two miles of shoreline, 191 sq. miles of water surface have helped create a major water sports destination. Tahoe is an entertainment center famous as well for winter sports. Near Nevada capitol Carson City, the area has a rich, multilayered history, creating a location with truly something for everyone.
Sand Harbor is a popular site with boat launches and beaches, but it is not the only access to the lake. Lake Tahoe boat launches can be done in many different locations. Before heading to the water, be sure you are aware of the necessary inspections and regulations for watercraft.
Southern Nevada’s Lake Mead is one of the largest reservoirs in the US and situated near the Grand Canyon, making for a variety of visitor experiences. Formed by Hoover Dam, a spectacular, much-photographed construction, the lake presents a blue gem surrounded by desert. It is a substantial 112 miles long and is an easy drive from Las Vegas. Four marinas access areas for water skiing, swimming, and fishing. A botanical garden displays Mohave Desert flora. When you’re tired of driving your own watercraft try a paddlewheel boat cruise to the dam. The Black Canyon National Water Trail will take you to caves and hot springs. Interestingly, a B-29 Superfortress plane crashed into the lake in 1948 and is still at the bottom.
South of Hoover Dam in Cottonwood Valley is Lake Mohave. Boating, fishing, all water sports, even scuba diving and watercraft rentals are available. The most popular marinas are Cottonwood Cove, Willow Beach, and Katherine’s Landing near Bullhead City, AZ, and Laughlin, NV. The area has hot springs accessible from trails at Hoover Dam.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation is the setting for this large lake 40 miles from Reno. Pyramid Lake is a remnant of a huge ancient lake. At 15 miles long and 11 miles wide, the lake covers 112,000 acres. It was first mapped in the 1840s by famed explorer John Fremont and was named for the pyramid-shaped formations in and along the lakeshore. One island formation is home to many American white pelicans.
The north and east shorelines are closed to visitors, but the unique nature of this lake will keep you busy, with the added feature of a museum describing the history and myths of the area. Fishing is king, here, for the unusual cui-ui and the famous Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Heading north again, 75 miles from Reno, the California-Nevada border bisects Topaz Lake. The 2,400 acres of water fun has boat launch ramps on the northeast shore and a lodge on the northwest shore. Fishing is year-round and it is well stocked. For camping, both dry sites and RV hookups are available with a reservation. Bird watching is especially good in this area.
Protect Your Boat
These lakes are only some of the incredible boating opportunities that await you in the Silver State. Many for the prime locations are in easy reach of Luxelocker Spanish Springs and Luxelocker Henderson boat storage facilities with a plus. Make it easy on yourself and securely and convienently store your boat near these famous waterways. For more information, call us today on 833-333-5893.