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 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

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Business Information


Founded: 1977

Categories: Boating, Campground, Government Organization, Hunting and Fishing, Sports & Recreation, State Park

Hours

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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Past Events

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations
08:30 pm - 05/27/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a moderate 1.5 mile, round-trip hike to the gazebo on the Deadman’s Creek trail! There is an elevation gain of approximately 300 feet. Participants...

Celebrate Washoe Valley!

Celebrate Washoe Valley!
10:00 am - 05/19/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

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...

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations
08:00 pm - 04/28/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a guided full moon walk through the park’s Day Use Area. This easy walk is less than a mile in length and we will have the opportunity to listen...

Washoe Lake Birds

Washoe Lake Birds
07:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a presentation about the birds of Washoe Lake State Park! With several habitat types, Washoe Valley supports a variety of bird species, including...

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt
12:00 pm - 03/31/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Fun 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 starts at 12:30...

Full Moon Hike--Call For Reservations

Full Moon Hike--Call For Reservations
07:00 pm - 03/30/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a guided full moon hike and an opportunity to explore the park at night! This hike is approximately three miles long and follows the South Loop...

Washoe Lake Birds

Washoe Lake Birds
07:00 pm - 03/24/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a PowerPoint presentation about the birds of Washoe Lake State Park! With its diversity of habitat types, Washoe Valley supports a variety of...

Full Moon Hike--Call For Reservations

Full Moon Hike--Call For Reservations
05:00 pm - 02/28/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a moderate 1.5 mile, round-trip hike to the gazebo on the Deadman’s Creek trail! There is an elevation gain of approximately 300 feet. Participants...

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations

Full Moon Hike--Call for Reservations
06:00 pm - 01/31/2018

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Reservations are required for this hike and are limited to 30. Please call (775) 687-4319 or e-mail washoelake@hdiss.net to reserve your spot. Join park staff for...

Star Party

Star Party
08:00 pm - 09/23/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

The Northern Nevada Astronomy Group will be at the park with their telescopes ready for viewing stars, planets, and other wonders of the night sky! They are also...

Intro to Washoe Lake

Intro to Washoe Lake
07:30 pm - 09/13/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a slide presentation about what makes Washoe Lake such a special place! We will discuss some Washoe Valley history and give a virtural "tour"...

Sunset/Moonrise Hike--Reservations Required

Sunset/Moonrise Hike--Reservations Required
07:00 pm - 09/06/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a three mile long guided hike at sunset! We will be walking along the South Loop Equestrian Trail, which may be sandy and/or muddy. Participants...

Star Gazing/Astronomy

Star Gazing/Astronomy
08:00 pm - 08/19/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for an evening under the stars! Learn some common summer constellations; we will also discuss some common celestial events, like the Perseids Meteor...

Intro to Washoe Lake State Park

Intro to Washoe Lake State Park
08:00 pm - 08/16/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a slide presentation about Washoe Lake State Park! We will talk about some of the area's history and talk about the lake itself. Discover what...

Sunset Hike

Sunset Hike
08:00 pm - 08/07/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Reservations are required for this sunset hike through the sand dunes! Call (775) 687-4319 or e-mail washoelake@hdiss.net to reserve your spot. Meet at the North...

Astronomy Program

Astronomy Program
08:30 pm - 08/05/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for an astronomy-themed program under the stars! Ancient cultures studied the stars for various reasons. Today, relaxing under the stars means taking...

The Reaping Campout

The Reaping Campout
04:00 pm - 07/28/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Mannaz People coming to work together. Humankind being with the Gods. Community Harvest being of some sort of importance. Wickerman? The Fall Celebration with feasting,...

Scorpion Hunt

Scorpion Hunt
08:30 pm - 07/26/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Join park staff for a short presentation about scorpions before we use black lights to “hunt” for them! Participants should wear sturdy, close-toed shoes (no...

Dutch Oven Cooking Class--Reservations Required

Dutch Oven Cooking Class--Reservations Required
04:00 pm - 07/22/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Have you ever tried traditional Dutch oven cooking? Join park staff and the Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group for the experience of preparing and cooking in these...

Sunset Hike

Sunset Hike
08:00 pm - 07/08/2017

At Washoe Lake State Park, NV

Meet at the Main Boat Ramp for an easy walk along the beach and sand dunes. Reservations are required for this one mile walk. Call (775) 687-4319 or e-mail washoelake@hdiss.net...

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