I am becoming more and more in love with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service. My gentleman friend has taken me to two new picnic areas in the last two weeks and they were both great.
The first stop was beautiful Willow Beach, off U.S. Highway 93 and at the end of a very winding ear-popping road. Willow Beach seems to be popular with lots of folks I knew. Even the gal who cuts my hair goes there frequently to picnic and ride kayaks.
Our Willow Beach location was the prettiest picnic spot thus far and we were lucky to find a pavilion with a barbecue grill and nearby parking. We were also near a long walkway which many of the Willow beach visitors used to see the area which included a beautiful harbor and restrooms for public use.
The cost to visit Willow Beach is $25 or an inter-agency or Golden Age passport.
Last week’s visit to Cottonwood Cove was the more exciting picnic find, however. We were adventurers having heard of Cottonwood Cove, but knowing nothing about it.
Our route included U.S Highway 95 to Searchlight, Nevada. We then turned left onto a street marked Cottonwood Cove. We rode down that ear-popping road (with a stop midway to pay a $25 fee or, as in our case, show a Golden Age Passport and driver’s license for free entry) and after about 14 miles we arrived at Lake Mohave, a harbor, a motel, an office, a community of mobile homes and lots of picnic and camping areas
We were the lone picnickers last Friday, so we chose a table with nearby parking and a lake view. Our picnic menu consisted of liver and onions, Kiełbasa sausage, hamburgers and chicken (some of this to eat; the rest to take home). The barbecue grill was provided next to a series of picnic tables. He cooked. We ate. We sat in the chairs we brought. We met two retired couples who were in the area just to walk around; they were talkative and nice. The weather, though overcast, was delightful, so we, too, walked to the lakefront and said hello to a very friendly duck. A few flies joined us for lunch.
The map we were given of the area (the map is part of a free brochure given at the park entrance) explained that Willow Beach is is actually a widened part of the Colorado River between Boulder and Davis dams. oth picnic areas, incidentally, warn visitors of the dangers of flash floods. Fortunately (or unfortunately) it’s been a while since Clark County has been deluged with rain, so we were safe.
All in all, our picnics were another success and we’d do it all again.
My pictures taken on our Cottonwood Cove trip (on a mildly overcast day) are below: