Monday, March 23, 2009

Katherine's Landing at Lake Mead NRA, Arizona

We explored Katherine’s Landing one afternoon not sure what to expect, but finding ourselves pleasantly surprised.

Katherine’s Landing is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) on the very clear and very blue Lake Mohave, where you can camp, stay at a hotel, hike, boat, swim and more. The cost to enter Katherine’s Landing is $5/vehicle, but holders of any of the America the Beautiful Passes get in free. (It should be mentioned that we spent $80 last October for our pass, and we would have definitely paid more along the way if we paid for each place separately.)

Upon entering the Katherine’s Landing area is a marina, where many people either dock their boats permanently (including some large houseboats), or use the launch to put-in for a day (or more, I suppose). The docks were fun to meander, and we enjoyed seeing how the “water RV’ers” live! =) If you’re interested in getting out on the lake, there is a concessionaire that rents fishing boats, pontoon boats, houseboats, sea-doos, etc… There is a large campground, but with little shade in the summer, a hotel, restaurant, and small grocery. When we checked-in at the Visitor’s Center, we were told that a pack of wild burros had visited the campground the previous night! Now that’s something different than your typical deer or elk!

After enjoying the marina for a while, and seeing a school of fish which included three large stripped bass, we got in our air-conditioned car (it was hot!) and drove along the roads, enjoying the many areas at Katherine’s Landing, such as Telephone Cove, which has a lovely beach in which to swim and various other coves, many with boat launches and swimming holes.

This was definitely a nice way to spend an afternoon, and it you’re in the area, this would be a great place to set-up camp, enjoy Lake Mohave, and perhaps rent a boat, if you don’t have one already. Enjoy!

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