Best Water Activities in Las Vegas to Beat the Heat On and In the Water

Water sports may not be top-of-mind when thinking about things to do in Las Vegas, but man-made wonders like Lake Mead and popular water parks mean summers are full of boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, flyboarding and family-fun days plus so much more!

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Lake Mead Fishing and Boating

A scenic 30-minute drive from downtown Las Vegas, Lake Mead definitely rates as one of the most amazing man-made lakes in the world. The massive reservoir is 112 miles long and 532 feet deep.

From a boat, kayak, or from the shore, fishing is a favorite sport at Lake Mead 24/7, but keep in mind you will need a fishing license from Nevada or Arizona, depending on what side you’re on. You can get a license at one of the marinas or at a bait and tackle shop. With nearly 300 square miles of water, Lake Mead is well-known for its striped bass, with some weighing in at more than 40 pounds. Bass fishing is good across the lake with bluegill, sunfish, catfish, and crappie more common in the northern part of the lake.

kayakers paddle through river

On any given summer day at Lake Mead, you’ll see speed boats with water skiers in tow; waverunners zipping across the open water, and pontoon boats floating lazily toward tucked away coves. For those inclined to enjoy more reflective or physical activities, there’s kayaking and paddleboarding. You can even scuba dive the lake, but you must have an open water scuba certification. Even if you don’t own a boat or the right equipment for these activities, you can still get in on the fun. There are plenty of options for rentals. For information on rentals, boating regulations, boat launch conditions, and other essentials visit Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Water Parks

Southern Nevada is home to Lake Las Vegas, a beautiful 320-acre man-made lake just 35 minutes from the Strip where you can cruise aboard your own private yacht, paddleboard, and kayak or even rent a luxurious electric boat. For more of an adrenaline rush, fly across the water with a water pressure flyboard or soar in the air with a water-propelled jetpack.

group of friends in pool cabana

Pools/Water Attractions

Some Las Vegas resorts allow non-guests to purchase pool day passes. While there are a number of resorts to choose from, by far the most popular and fun is the Stadium Swim at Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. The rooftop poolscape overlooks Fremont Street and features six pools on three different levels, a 40-foot HD screen broadcasting the biggest sporting events of the day, swimup bars, cabanas, daybeds, plenty of comfortable seating, and food service.

If you want to feel beach sand between your toes, head over to the Mandalay Bay Beach. Swim with sharks? You don’t need to go deep sea diving just check out The Tank at downtown Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget featuring a water slide through a 200,000-gallon shark tank aquarium.

Of course, if you’re fortunate enough to live at Juhl, the modern loft-style high-rise condominium community that spans an entire city block in downtown Las Vegas, you can experience the resort lifestyle without the crowds. Residents of Juhl lounge by their private pristine pool, relax in the cabanas, and relish in the respite of the heated spa. When night falls, the fire pit is the perfect gathering place. Plus, what would a summer day be without a barbeque. Adjacent to Juhl’s pool are summer kitchens and grilling stations perfect for testing out your favorite summertime recipes.

These and other living in Las Vegas lifestyle tips are brought to you by Juhl, at 353 E Bonneville Blvd. in downtown Las Vegas.  For more information visit the Juhl website or Call us at 702.816.5466