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Washoe Lake State Park, NV

4855 Eastlake Blvd
Carson City,  NV 89704

Phone: (775) 687-4319

Washoe Lake State Park, NV

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
-Respect wildlife
-Be considerate of others

For more information visit 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:

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

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Mon: 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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