Top Bodies of Water to Visit Near Las Vegas

Named Las Vegas (Spanish for “The Meadows”) by explorers in the 19th and 20th century, the city and surrounding regions has become an oasis in the desert. With over 2 million residents and 40 million visitors annually, there are day trips to enjoy recreation on the water away from the Las Vegas Strip. Some lakes are man made and one river connects the Rocky Mountain range to the southwest and flows into Mexico. Whether you’re into fishing, swimming, cruising or just enjoying the serenity of lakes and rivers; these bodies of water are part of the landscape of Southern Nevada.

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas is a 3,592-acre developed area surrounding a 320-acre artificial lake. Located in Henderson, Nevada, 30 miles east of Las Vegas; it is a short trip to enjoy the beauty of the water from its resorts, retail village and shore. There is also boating and paddling as well as cruises on the La Contessa Yacht. Many of the restaurants offer patio dining overlooking the lake. One can also walk or drive around the lake. Shows are held on a stage with the lake as a backdrop as well as events in the resorts and village. There is no fee to visit Lake Las Vegas.