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Birding Around the Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Birding Around Las Vegas, Lake Mead Area
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Lakeshore Trail

Overview

The boat ramp is high, dry, and a long ways from the lake edge, but the trail provides access to the edge of the water. From near the end of the boatramp on the right-hand side, an unsigned but well defined trail runs southeast for about 0.5 miles to a low bluff overlooking the point where Las Vegas Wash empties into Lake Mead (Jan 2013). Without a spotting scope, this is a good place to scan the lake. The well defined trail continues, but stays a fair ways from the water. Even so, there are plenty of brushy places to look for Abert's Towhee, Say's Phoebe, and winter sparrows. After about 1 mile from the boat ramp, birders can make their way out to the edge of the water for good views of the birds. On the way back, watch for a faint fork in the trail that takes birders closer to the water and up along the wash. When the trail gives out, look for trails through the brush back to the original trail.

Link to map.

Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
End of the boat ramp and trailhead in the distance
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Start of the trail
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Trail is well defined ...
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
... but mostly stays well away from the water
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Brushy area with open water and lots of ducks
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Brushy area with lots of sparrows
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Las Vegas Wash (view SE; downstream)
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Las Vegas Wash (view NW; upstream)
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Black-legged Kittiwake (Jan 2013)
Boat Ramp Lakeshore Trail
Courting Clark's Grebes

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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