Even though Nevada is in the middle of the desert, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear it's a great place to enjoy fantastic scuba diving.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, is a unique freshwater lake located 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Natural stone rises from the depths of the teal water whilst shipwrecks slump on the silt bottom. Largemouth Black Bass, Striped Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Sunfish and Shad are easy to spot here. The Bluegill swim in large schools and nibble on the cracked mussels. The lake also has plenty of historic landmarks that only scuba divers can visit: the remains of the construction project that built the Hoover Dam, including cement tunnels and railroad tracks is popular amounts divers.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains offer high-altitude diving, sunken wrecks and freshwater aquatic life.
The most popular time to dive at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is during the wintertime between October-April, when the lower temperatures increase the visibility in the water, up to 20/50 feet 6/15 meters. In the summer months between May-September, the warmer temperatures increases algae growth, which decreases visibility depending on where you dive. If you do dive in the summer, below 60 feet the water is clearest.
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Most people planning to dive in Nevada will fly into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Flights from New-York to Las Vegas is around 5 hours and around 11 hours from Europe.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located off U.S. Route 93, 4 miles south of Boulder City.