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These Lake Mead Camping Sites Are Open Right Now

Camping at Lake Mead is the perfect way to safely enjoy the outdoors with friends and family this year. With social distancing still in effect, many people have been renting houseboats, traveling by RV, and visiting campsites as an alternative to staying in hotel rooms.

If you’re looking to soak up some sun, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors, here’s which campsites are currently open in Arizona and Nevada.

Open Campsites

Many of Lake Mead’s camping sites in Arizona and Nevada are open and ready for fall and winter visitors. When trying to decide which campsite to call home for a few nights, write down (or make a mental note) of what you want to see and do first. If you want to fish, choose a campsite within walking distance of the lake. If you want to rent watercraft, choose a campsite next to a marina, and so on.

Arizona

Willow Beach – Includes 28 full-service RV sites, 9 tent camping sites, a restaurant, 24-hour shower facility, laundry facility, fishing pier, marina with boat rentals, fire rings, and picnic tables. Check their website for availability and reservations.

Katherine Landing – Offers 24 full-service RV sites, 173 camping sites, a marina, café, restrooms, showers, bbq/fire ring, tables, and laundry facilities. The Katherine Landing campgrounds are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Temple Bar – Consists of 10 full-service RV sites, over 100 camping sites, a marina, restrooms, grills, shade, and a dump station. Sites at Temple Bar are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nevada

Callville Bay – Holds 5 full-service RV sites, and 52 camping sites with a marina, restrooms, running water, dump stations, grills, picnic tables, and shade. Camping sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Callville Bay’s full-service marina also offers houseboat and watercraft rentals.

Cottonwood Cove – Has 72 full-service RV sites, and 126 campsites with a marina, motel, cafe, picnic area, running water, restrooms, laundry facility, fire rings, volleyball court, shuffleboard, and a horseshoe pit. Cottonwood Cove campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Boulder Beach – Contains 148 tent/RV camping sites, tables, fire pits, grills, running water, and restrooms. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Boulder Beach.

Las Vegas Bay – Offers 84 tent/RV camping sites in a lush and shady area. Trails, launch ramps, fishing piers, marinas, and restaurants are reachable by a 20-minute car ride. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Echo Bay – Consists of 37 tent/RV camping sites, a picnic area, boat launch, and a store. Anglers enjoy this camping site due to the many coves nearby that can be accessed by foot or boat. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Camping Meal Ideas

Most camping sites offer individual fire rings or community grills to prepare your camping food on. Here are some of the most delicious and common meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Breakfast


Pancakes

Packaged pancake mix

Butter

Water

Maple Syrup


Omelets

Eggs

Crumbled bacon bits

Chopped bell peppers

Chopped onions

Spinach

Mushrooms

(Really anything you want!)


Breakfast Burritos

Tortillas

Eggs

Diced potatoes

Crumbled Bacon bits

Shredded cheddar cheese

Lunch/Dinner


Foil Pack Chicken Nachos

Shredded chicken

Tortilla Chips

Shredded cheese

Black beans

Chopped cilantro or green onions

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Pepperoni Pizza

English muffins

Butter

Marinara sauce

Mozzarella cheese

Pepperoni


Hot Dogs/Hamburgers

Hot dog buns

Hamburger buns

Ketchup

Mustard

Chopped onions

Relish

Sliced cheese


Tzatziki Chicken Skewers

Diced chicken

Tzatziki sauce

Sliced zucchini

Cherry tomatoes

Sliced red onions

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Bean and Cheese Burritos

Tortillas

Refried beans

Shredded cheese

Salsa

Dessert


Classic S’mores

Graham crackers

Chocolate bars

Marshmallows


Grilled Banana Boats

Bananas

Chopped strawberries

Chocolate syrup

Tiny marshmallows

Chopped nuts

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Campfire Cones

Waffle cones

Chocolate chips

Marshmallows

Graham crackers

M&Ms

Camping Equipment

Before you begin loading up your car, make sure you have everything you need to stay comfortable. You don’t want to show up at your campsite realizing you left important equipment at home. Take a look at the list of essential camping gear we recommend below.

  • Tent
  • Mallet or hammer (for assembling the tent)
  • Saw or axe (for chopping firewood)
  • Sleeping bags and sleeping mats
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Lantern (to hang inside the tent)
  • Large water jugs
  • A cooler with ice (to fill up with food and water)
  • Portable stove and fuel
  • Lighter and matches
  • Folding campfire grill (to place over a fire pit)
  • Duct Tape
  • Shovel
  • First-aid kit
  • Cooking materials like pots, pans, cooking utensils, plates, bowls, cooking oil, aluminum foil squares, and seasonings.
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Dishtowels
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

In addition to the list above, you’ll want to bring comfortable clothing that layers easily. It can get cold at night so make sure to pack warm clothes as well. Include sunscreen, a hat, hiking boots, your normal toiletries, face wipes, chapstick, and even a pair of slide on shoes for midnight bathroom runs.

Consider Renting a Houseboat

Renting a houseboat is a lot like camping. It provides you with a sense of being close to nature all while enjoying the comforts of home. With a full kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and even a sun deck, you won’t ever want to leave your floating oasis. At Callville Bay & Marina, we offer Lake Mead houseboats of all sizes to fit your budget.

Take a look at our 50’ Houseboat that sleeps up to 6 people. It’s perfect for small families or groups of friends. Or consider renting a larger vessel like our 60’ Eagle model that sleeps up to 10. Imagine the fun you will have with 9 of your closest friends and family members.

The fun doesn’t have to be confined to the houseboat, either. Take your vacation to the next level by renting personal watercrafts to jet along the water for added mobility.

If you’re interested in renting one of our houseboats as a ‘socially distanced approved’ activity this year at Lake Mead, visit our website or give us a call at 877-262-8212 today!

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