Callville Bay

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This page last updated on 04/16/2018

Destination: (Lower) Las Vegas Wash
Distance from Point of Origin: 56 miles.
Estimated (One Way) Travel Time: One hour and 10 minutes.
Directions: Callville Bay is located inside the Lake Mead Recreation Area, east of Las Vegas on the western shore of Lake Mead. From the Stratosphere Casino head northeast on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles and turn right to merge onto US-93/95. Go 12.5 miles and Merge onto NV-564 E/W Lake Mea Pkwy via Exit 61B. Heading east on NV-564 (Lake Mead Blvd) go over the mountains (passing between Frenchman Mountain to the south and Sunrise Mountain to the north) to the park entrance station. Pay the entrance fee ($5 per car or an annual pass), and proceed to the T-intersection with Northshore Road (NV Rt 167) and Lakeshore Road (NV Rt 166). Bear left and drive north on Northshore Road (NV 167) for exit on 215 East. 215 East will turn into Lake Mead Drive/Parkway. Stay on Lake Mead Drive/Parkway until you enter the National Park. Approximately 1/10th of a mile after you pay the National Park Service entrance fee at the entrance station, take the very first left, towards Callville Bay. Follow North Shore Road around for approximately 12 miles. You will see signs: Callville Bay .50 mile, Callville Bay .25 mile. Follow the signs turning right and following the winding road to the end.

General Description: Callville was originally established in 1864 by the Mormons as a steamboat port on the Colorado River. There was a large warehouse, a landing, a post office and a corral. In October of 1866 the steamboat Esmeralda delivered 100 tons of freight. From January 1867 until May of 1868 it acted as an Army outpost for soldiers at El Dorado and was known as Fort Callville.
Though steamboats and barges trading salt between Rioville and El Dorado still made a few stops at Callville after the transcontinental railroad was completed in northern Nevada in 1869, the Mormons' plans for a supply route via the Colorado was eventually abandoned.  Today, with over 860 boat slips, Callville Bay Marina is not only the largest on Lake Mead, it is the largest inland marina in the U.S. On the premises is a gas station, well stocked general store, restaurant, gift shop, launch ramp, RV park and an 80 site campground.
Special Attraction or Points of Interest: You can rent a variety of personal watercraft, ski boats and fishing boats, up to a 60 foot house boat for exploring the lake and its hundreds of bays and canyons. If fishing is your thing, Lake Mead is the place to be. Offering some of the nation's best bass and sport fishing, there are multiple professional and amateur tournaments scheduled all season long.
Primary Activity: Hiking/Birding/Fishing.
Secondary Activities: Photographing and Rock-hounding.

Elevation: 1,225 Feet.
Best Time To Visit
: Open year-round, you choose the time of year that suits you best.
Difficulty: Though not a known ‘hiking’ area, a hike into some of the surrounding mountains could prove interesting.
Facilities: Yes.
Estimated Round-trip Time: Round trip driving time is only about 2-1/2 hours. How much additional time you need will depend upon what you decide to do once you get there.
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