Thursday, January 4, 2007

Review: Overton Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada

BAD NEWS: The Overton Beach Marina, including the RV Campground, is closing. The National Park Service decided that due to low water levels, they’re going to move the marina and boat slips to Callville and Temple Bar. They decided not to renew the contract with the concessionaire, which expired December 31, 2006. The people who live in the mobile home park have been told they have to find a new location by March 31, 2007. The store, showers, laundry, and rv park will also be closed by that date as well.

Address: HC 30 Box 70, Overton, NV 89040
Phone: 702-394-4040
Website used to be http://www.overtonbeachmarina.net, but now that website is down, probably because of the pending closure.
To make a reservation: call the above number
Rates: $21/night. Weekly and monthly rates used to be available; call to see what’s planned up to March 31.
General Information: This campground has been a delight, sitting on a small bluff overlooking the Overton Arm of Lake Mead, with expansive views across the lake to the Virgin Mountains.
# Sites: 40
# Sites with hookups: 40
Dump station: yes
Size of sites: long enough for all big rigs; wide enough to park next to your rig if you want.
Office hours: Daily, 7 am to 5 pm.
Interstate access: Not really. From I-15 at Glendale, it’s about 25 miles to Overton Beach.
On site staff? Friendly, helpful? : The staff at the store are wonderful. They are all devastatd about the pending move, but will continue to be professional and helpful. The woman who checked us in could have charged us 11 days at the daily rate, but surprised us by giving us a weekly rate + 4 single days, which was considerably cheaper.

Noise info: We were there in winter, so there were only fishing boat sounds during the day. The only sounds you hear at night are the coyotes and the occasional braying of a Lake Mead burro.

Amenities Marina and boat launch facilities, store with rv and marine supplies and limited groceries. They also serve hot dogs.
Restrooms: Toilet and sink facillites at the rv campground, more over at the store/marina area.
Showers: Yes, $1.00.
Pool: No. But if it’s warm enough, you can swim in Lake Mead.

WiFi: no
Cell phone reception (I have Cingular): Strong. Tower about ¼ mile from the campground.
Laundry: Yes.
Store: Yes.

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