Best Lake for Houseboating | Ancient Volcanoes

best lake for houseboatingLake Mead is often considered the best lake for houseboating in Nevada. With so many opportunities to enjoy this national recreation area, you won't be at a loss for things to do during your houseboating vacation. From swimming and fishing to hiking and sightseeing, it's no wonder that people flock to Lake Mead for year-round adventure.

Geology and photography buffs find the Lake Mead area particularly fascinating due to the ancient remains of a giant stratovolcano known as Hamblin-Cleopatra. At its peak, this geological wonder was 3,000 feet high and eight miles wide.

Two Mountains

The hyphenated name Hamblin-Cleopatra is derived from the volcano’s split into two mountains, the result of a fault line that cut right through the mountain millions of years after it had cooled. Since the time of the split, the fault line has shifted the two mountains further and further apart. The Hamblin portion has moved to the southwest and the Cleopatra section to the northeast; Cleopatra is now 12 miles from Hamblin. Talk about moving mountains!

Stratovolcanoes like Hamblin-Cleopatra at Lake Mead are actually the most common kind of volcanoes. Others include Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Fuji in Japan. Fortunately, this volcano is long dormant, so you can to enjoy the view without worry.

Lake Mead

You’ll have a fantastic view of these majestic mountains from the best lake for houseboating nearby. If you want to anchor your houseboat and hike up to them, that’s possible, too. You’ll pass stunning formations, fossils, cactus gardens, and an amazing variety of rock colors. You’ll be able to look down on Lake Mead from up above, just remember to bring a couple quarts of water per person. There’s little shade on these hikes, so it’s important to stay hydrated and safe, especially in the extreme summer heat.   

Is Lake Mead the best lake for houseboating? Come and decide for yourself. You’ll have amazing views of soaring red cliffs and ancient volcanoes as you enjoy everything the lake has to offer. Give us a call at Forever Houseboats at 1-800-255-5561 or contact us online here.