Photography by Krystal Ramirez

Lake Las Vegas’ Extreme Makeover

A water sports park brings new action and a touch of nightlife to the lake.

If you haven’t been to Lake Las Vegas in a while, it’s time you pay the Henderson gem a visit.

Lake Las Vegas Water Sports, which currently offers activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding and flyboarding, is transforming the lake into an extreme sports playland. Starting this summer, the company will add cable wakeboarding with jumps, boxes and rails, along with a floating skate ramp—a partnership with skate and streetwear giant Diamond Supply Co. They’re also converting the brick ledges and benches at the village waterfront into more of a hangout spot for afternoon picnics.

“We’re bringing life out here again,” says Lake Las Vegas Water Sports owner Trevor Pope. “A lot of people that live in Las Vegas don’t even know this is out here.”

Pope hopes the new activities will turn the lake into a go-to destination for locals and tourists alike. To aid with that, he recently brought in David Hadden, a Hakkasan Group VIP marketing guru. Through Hadden’s nightlife network, the two plan to host DJs and concerts on a new floating stage. “It’s going to be a whole different kind of experience,” Pope says.

While the new activities may skew toward a younger demographic, there are a variety of experiences anyone could try. For those looking for a more relaxing activity, stick to paddleboarding, kayaking or bike rentals. Want some three-wheeler action? Take a Slingshot, a motorcycle–meets–ATV mash-up, for a spin. For the ultimate joyride, hop on a jet-propelled flyboard and blast 15 feet—or up to 50 feet for the initiated—in the air. You’ll feel like Superman, until you wobble and belly flop onto the lake. (Pro tip: Dive into the water as you’re falling to ease the blow.)

“My goal is to show people how much fun they can have in the water,” Pope says. “A lot of people don’t think you can do all this in Las Vegas because it’s a desert.”

Lake Las Vegas Water Sports

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