Lake Mead is situated along the Colorado River in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Lake Mead is approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nev.
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States with respect to maximum water capacity. This lake was formed from the Hoover Dam. Lake Mead stretches 112 miles in length and has 759 miles of shoreline. The total surface area of Lake Mead is 247 square miles, and the lake has a maximum depth of over 530 feet. The average elevation of Lake Mead is approximately 1,200 feet above sea level. The lake was named after Elwood Mead, a former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.