Lake Mead

Price hike: With proposed increases, Lake Mead fees could double in 2016

Lake Mead National Recreation Area seen from Boulder City on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
Photo: Leila Navidi

A day at the lake could soon get expensive. Lake Mead’s designation within the National Park System has changed, and the recreation area has proposed a hike in fees to meet its new group’s rates. The proposed fee increase, which could go into effect in 2016, would double the camping fee and entrance fees for vehicles and individuals on bikes or on foot. To boot, the group camping rate could jump from $30 to $80, and annual passes for vehicles and vessels could increase by $10 and $20, respectively.

Lake Mead NRA is encouraging the public to weigh in on the fee increases by commenting online or sending letters to the park superintendent through March 11. “This is a place where people come fishing every weekend, so we want to keep it affordable so they can continue to do that,” Lake Mead NRA spokesperson Christie Vanover says, adding that the park has received two-dozen comments so far.

For more information and to add to the discussion, visit

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