Aerial view of the beautiful Lake Las Vegas area at Nevada.

Lake Las Vegas, Nevada

Lake Las Vegas is a 320-acre reservoir surrounded by a pristine 3,592-acre residential and recreational complex in the city of Henderson in the US State of Nevada. This delightful location, exclusive to the desert southwest, is designed with an old-world Mediterranean touch. The complex offers breathtaking views, miles of open space, two marinas, and a European-style hamlet with several stores and restaurants, including three opulent resorts.

Geography Of Lake Las Vegas

Aerial view of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada
Aerial view of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada. Editorial credit: Photo Works /

The Lake Las Vegas Dam, which led to the creation of the Lake Las Vegas reservoir, is an earthen dam that is 192 feet high, 4,800ft long, and 716ft in width. The dam impounds 12,000,000 cubic meters of water, and the reservoir's shoreline stretches over ten miles. Las Vegas Wash serves as the reservoir's outlet, and via a bypass, it remains connected with Lake Mead

Construction History

Actor J. Carl Adair had a lofty vision for Lake Las Vegas in 1967. He pictured an opulent lakeside getaway within easy reach of the Las Vegas Strip but just far enough to go away. Construction of the dam started in 1988, and by 1990, three billion gallons of water were being diverted from the Las Vegas Wash to help create the artificial lake. Several years later, this lavish lake took its present shape with an initial investment of $5 billion. More resorts popped up with time, along with the Lake Las Vegas Event Center, solidifying Lake Las Vegas as a popular tourist destination in southern Nevada.

Attractions In And Around Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas Water Sports

People enjoying water sports in Lake Las Vegas
People enjoying water sports in Lake Las Vegas. Editorial credit: Kit Leong /

Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and electric boats are available for rent at Lake Las Vegas Water Sports. The company calls adventurers to its Cable Park, where a machine pulls wakeboarders and tubers. It also welcomes water-loving kids to its Aqua Park, a sizable floating playground with slides, trampolines, and other exciting amenities.

Golf Courses

A golf course in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
A golf course in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Two different Nicklaus Design championship golf courses, each with opulent clubhouses, complete retail stores, immaculate greenways, and superb dining, welcome golfers to swing into action. Reflection Bay Golf Club features a private beach with pristine sand, a floating stage, and numerous yachts. The private SouthShore Country Club frequently appears on lists in Golf Digest and Golfweek, thanks to its par-71 expanse of canyons, water features, and expansive fairways.

La Contessa

La Contessa offers opulent Lake Las Vegas yacht cruises on their 84-foot vessel, which comes with two fully equipped bars. These cruises come to life during sunset cruises and on-the-water parties with live DJs, musicians, and catered dining experiences.

River Mountains Loop Trail

The well-known River Mountains Loop Trail, a 35-mile paved path for walkers, joggers, and cyclists that passes through Henderson, Boulder City, the shores of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Hoover Dam; providing amazing views of the Las Vegas Valley and Lake Mead, is only a few miles from the lake area.


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