Washoe Lake State Park, NV
4855 Eastlake Blvd
Phone: (775) 687-4319
Washoe Lake State park’s 8,053 acres are nestled between the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Carson, and Virginia Mountain Ranges. The park’s two lakes, Washoe Lake and Little Washoe lie in sagebrush terrain just below the tree line and sit at an elevation of 5,029 feet. Temperatures in the park are usually 5-10 degrees lower than those in nearby Reno and Carson City. Summer temperatures range from 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit with nighttime lows between 40-50 degrees. Winter temperatures drop to freezing at night with daytime highs between the 30s to low 40s. Snow is often shadowed out by the nearby Sierras, but is possible. When snow does reach the valley, roads and facilities are plowed and salted or sanded as needed.
Some of the many popular activities in the park include camping, boating, swimming, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking, windsurfing, water skiing, Jet Skiing, bird watching, and nature study. Two camping facilities, boat launches, day and group-use areas, restrooms, and an equestrian arena and trailhead are available. During the bird-watching season, there are over 100 different bird species that can be seen in the park. Other animals, such as deer and coyotes, can also be seen throughout the park.
To protect our beautiful park and preserve it for generations to come, we practice the “Leave No Trace” program. The steps to following this program are:
-Plan ahead and prepare
-Travel and camp on durable surfaces
-Dispose of waste properly
-Leave what you find
-Minimize campfire impacts
-Be considerate of others
For more information visit www.lnt.org or see a park ranger.
To learn more about Washoe Lake State Park, or to download a free Nevada State Parks brochure, visit our website: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/washoe-lake-state-park/
Washoe Lake State Park offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, boating, water sports, picnicking, equestrian activities, & sightseeing.
Facilities and Services:
There are Day-use areas at the Wetlands, South Beach, Main, North Ramp and Little Washoe. Our Day-use areas have comfort stations and developed picnic sites. The largest is the Main area, with lawns, sandy beaches and shade trees
HoursMon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sunset Hike--Reservations RequiredReservations are required for this easy, three-mile walk on the South Loop Equestrian Trail. Meet at the Equestrian Area. Take Exit 44 onto Eastlake Blvd from I-580...
08:00 PM - 06/09/2017
Rattlesnake TalkRattlesnakes sometimes have a bad reputation, but they have some very cool adaptations to their desert environment! Join park staff for a program about these desert...
08:00 PM - 06/17/2017
The Reaping CampoutMannaz People coming to work together. Humankind being with the Gods. Community Harvest being of some sort of importance. Wickerman? The Fall Celebration with feasting,...
04:00 PM - 07/28/2017
Campfire Program: Park WildlifeJoin park staff for stories, photographs, and examples of local wildlife! Seating is limited, so participants should bring a lawn chair if possible. We will have...
08:00 PM - 05/20/2017
Introduction to Outdoor Leader SkillsThis training course will provide leaders with the opportunity to receive valuable knowledge that will help them better serve in leadership positions for their Troops...
06:00 PM - 05/19/2017
Celebrate Washoe Valley!Meet the people of Washoe Valley! Visit with local residents and businesses. This event is held at the Washoe Lake State Park Group Use Pavilion. Park entrance fees...
10:00 AM - 05/13/2017
Celebrate Washoe ValleyThe Master Gardener and Living with Fire programs will have booths at this free event! Come see us on May 13th at Washoe Lake State Park for food, music and fun....
10:00 AM - 05/13/2017
Sunset Hike--Reservations RequiredReservations are required for this 3.4 mile hike along the North Loop Equestrian Trail. Particpants should bring flashlights, sturdy hiking boots, and dress for...
07:30 PM - 05/10/2017
Guided Hike to Virginia City--Reservations RequiredReservations are required and limited to 15 people. This is a strenuous, 12.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of approximately 2,500 feet. We will hike to Virginia...
08:30 AM - 05/06/2017
Wildflower WalkJoin park staff for a moderate, 1.5 mile hike to the gazebo on the Deadman's Creek trail. Short sections of this trail may be washed out and muddy, so we recommend...
01:00 PM - 04/23/2017
Easter Egg HuntFun for all ages! The South Valley Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in the park! The Easter Bunny arrives at noon and the hunt begins at 12:30...
12:00 PM - 04/15/2017
Full Moon Hike--Reservations RequiredReservations are required for this strenuous, 2.7 mile hike into the hills above Deadman's Creek. There is uneven footing and parts of the trail have been washed...
07:30 PM - 04/10/2017
Guided HikeThis is a strenuous 2.7 mile guided hike (with an elevation gain of 620 feet) into the hills above Deadman’s Creek! Please bring plenty of water and snacks, wear...
10:00 AM - 03/25/2017
Intro to Washoe LakeDiscover what makes Washoe Lake such a special place, and why it was set aside as a Nevada State Park. We will start with some local history and then take a virtual...
07:00 PM - 03/15/2017
Full Moon Hike--Reservations Required**The route for this hike may change, as the trail currently has standing water in some places.** Reservations are required for this three mile walk to the beach...
07:30 PM - 03/12/2017
Guided HikeJoin park staff on a guided hike through the sand dunes and along the beach at Washoe Lake! This is a three-mile, round-trip hike, mostly through loose sand. Please...
01:00 PM - 02/19/2017
Full Moon Hike--Reservations RequiredFebruary's full moon is called the "Snow" moon. This is a moderate, 1.7-mile, round-trip, hike to the gazebo on the Deadman's Creek trail. If we have a clear sky,...
06:00 PM - 02/11/2017
First Day HikeJoin park staff for a hike on the first day of the year! Meet at the Maze parking lot at 10 a.m. for this moderate-to-strenuous hike! The hike is a 2.7 mile loop...
10:00 AM - 01/01/2017
Winter Solstice Hike (Reservations Required)Bundle up and join park staff for a night hike on the longest night of the year! This hike is relatively flat and is approximately three miles long. We will be using...
06:00 PM - 12/21/2016
Full "Super" Moon HikeThis is a moderate 2.5 mile hike through the sand dunes at Washoe Lake! Reservations are required and can be made by calling (775) 687-4319. We will meet at the...
06:00 PM - 12/13/2016
Little Washoe WalkJoin park staff for a short, easy walk around Little Washoe Lake (out-and-back). We will be walking along the beach most of the time, so be prepared for some sand!...
10:00 AM - 11/20/2016
Full Moon Hike--Reservations RequiredThis month's full moon is the 2nd of three "Super Moons" in a row! The moon is at its closest point to the earth in its orbit while also being "full." This is a...
05:30 PM - 11/14/2016
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