BOULDER CITY, Nev.–Beginning January 1, 2024, Lake Mead National Recreation Area will transition to a cashless fee collection system, accepting only electronic card payments for entrance, lake use, and campground fees. Entrance stations will continue to sell passes but will no longer accept cash for payment.
The transition to cashless fee collection will align this park with twenty-nine other National Park Service locations, such as Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest. The new process will also enable more efficient, cost-effective operations.
Advance campground reservations, as well as first-come, first-served sites, will be available online only through recreation.gov. Concession operations at marinas, hotels, and stores will still accept cash or electronic card payments.
Fees collected are used for trash removal, road and facility maintenance and repairs, trail refurbishment, accessibility improvements, and more.
Lake Mead officials will share reminders of this policy change to the community in the coming months to help raise awareness prior to the January 1, 2024 transition.