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Cottonwood Cove Campground is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which spans both Nevada and Arizona and includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. As the name suggests, the campground is located near the shores of Lake Mohave, providing plenty of opportunities for water-based recreation.


Cottonwood Cove Campground is situated in the southern portion of the Lake Mead Recreation Area on the Nevada side. It is located in a desert environment along the Colorado River's Lake Mohave, approximately one hour north of Laughlin, Nevada, and an hour and a half south of Las Vegas.

Campground Facilities and Features

Campsites: The campground offers a mix of RV and tent sites. Some sites may feature basic amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.

Hookups: There may be a limited number of sites with utility hookups for RVs.

Restrooms: Facilities are typically equipped with restrooms and showers for camper convenience.

Water Access: Visitors have easy access to Lake Mohave for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water activities.

Boat Launch: A boat ramp is usually available at the marina for easy watercraft launching.

Dump Station: An RV dump station may be available for use by campers.


  • Boating: The proximity to Lake Mohave makes boating a popular activity.
  • Fishing: Anglers can try their luck catching a variety of fish species in the lake.
  • Swimming: Visitors can enjoy swimming in the designated areas of Lake Mohave.
  • Hiking: There are a variety of trails in the area for all skill levels, offering scenic views of the desert landscape.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area supports various wildlife species, so keep an eye out for birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others may be reservable in advance. Check the National Recreation Reservation System or the park's official website for specific details.
  • Fees: There will be a fee for camping, which may vary depending on the services and amenities provided at the site. Entrance fees to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area are also applicable.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

  • Summer: Expect extremely high temperatures during the summer months, which can often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Winter: Winters are milder and can be a more comfortable time to visit the campground.
  • Spring/Fall: Temperatures during these seasons are typically warm and pleasant, making these ideal times for camping and outdoor activities.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Safety: Due to the dry conditions, there may be fire restrictions in place; always follow the current guidelines.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a clean camp to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Water Safety: Always wear life jackets when on the water and be mindful of sudden weather changes.

Access and Contact

Before visiting, it's always a good idea to check the current status of the campground, as conditions and access can change. Contact the Lake Mead National Recreation Area park headquarters or visit the National Park Service's official website for Lake Mead for the most current information and guidelines.

Please note that the information provided here can change, and it's essential to verify all details before planning your trip.

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