This popular state park and lake is close to both Carson City and South Reno. The park features 49 camping sites, over 35 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and includes beautiful Washoe Lake. Camping areas include many new pull-through sites with full hookups, and a large group site with pavilion and beachfront access.
There are two paved boat launch ramps – one at the Main Park Entrance on the south end and another at the North Ramp parking at the end of Douglas Drive. There is also launch point on Little Washoe Lake. Note that the maximum lake depth is about 12 feet, so use caution in marked areas. During times of low water levels the motorized boat launches may be closed, so check with State Parks on current conditions.
The North Ramp is a popular spot for wind and kite surfers, due to the typical consistent winds in the valley. If you aren’t up to actual surfing, this is a good spot for a picnic and to watch the colorful sails and kites over the lake.
The roadside access points on the south end of the lake is a good place for a quiet paddle, but be aware that the lake can become choppy in high wind events.
To view native birds, wildlife and possibly some wild mustang herds, the Wetlands Mitigation area has an ADA-accessible Wildlife Viewing Platform and a fenced trail down into the wildlife area. Please remember that the mustangs are wild animals, so use caution and do not approach.
Nevada Division of State Parks, Washoe Lake State Park website: Washoe Lake State Park | State Parks (nv.gov)
Visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website for information on the lake and fishing.
For other fun things to do in Carson City, see the VisitCarsonCity website.
City of Reno events website: Things To Do | City of Reno
Visit the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority website to get information on places to stay, eat and recreate.
See the TravelNevada Washoe Lake website.
For information on the Scripps Wildlife Management Area, along with boating and fishing regulations, see the Nevada Department of Wildlife website.
Main Park Entrance and boat ramp is on Eastlake Blvd, Exit 10 off of I-580, a short drive north from Carson City. Additional lake access and parking is available at the North Ramp east of the intersection of Lakeshore and Douglas Drive. The Little Washoe Lake access is directly off of the north end of Eastlake Boulevard.
NOTICE: Boats are not able to launch from any boat ramp at Washoe Lake due to low water levels.
NOTICE: Driving on the beach and lakebed is prohibited.
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