Lake Las Vegas is the destination equivalant of being catfished by a dating profile that was just too good to be true.
He's rugged and manly, yet selfless and sweet. He's the kinda guy who works full time as a firefighter and volunteers at an animal hospital on his off days. He's athletic and isn't intimidated by your success. He'd love to take you out on the town or get sucked into a Law & Order SVU marathon with you. He's perfect...ly fake and smells like hot garbage.
Lake Las Vegas is gorgeous from a far but up close it's kind of a disappointment. I can get over the predominantly empty shops and I can ignore the overpriced items in the ones that are left but the smell of this place is just unforgivable. Nothing takes me out of a relaxing moment faster than the smell of rotten sewage. At first I was convinced it was an isolated incident, but I've been back multiple times over the course of about 4 years and that smell is always there waiting for me. The aroma of the area smells like if rotten eggs and sour milk threw a spoiled food rager in a porta potty. Look for that new fragrance ad for Nausea' by Lake LaVee.
It isn't all bad though, you can avoid the smell in certain spots, they have water activities like SUPing and there is a Mexican restaurant called Sonrisa Grill that has a bartender who makes some dangerously delicious margaritas. I'm talking top of line margis here, that may or may not be the main reason I keep returning. It's all about finding the silver tequila lining folks.
You'll never know how you feel about the lake unless you visit yourself, just don't get your hopes up too high for this place because it's a catfish. I get it though, you swipe right on LLV because the pictures are beautiful. You swipe right because of the activities...so many activities! You swipe right because of the promise and potential, it's just too bad it's a promise ruined by terrible B.O.