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Washoe Lake State Park

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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  • Entrance gate to Washoe Lake State Park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Entrance station to Washoe Lake State Park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Despite being based along the edge of Washoe Lake, the lake itself is usually just a sidenote to visiting the park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • The area's feral horses are frequent guests of the park, seen here in the day-use picnic area.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • The observation deck on the Wetlands Loop Trail.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • A standard campsite in the park campground.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Picnic area near the loop trails.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Lakeshore access at Little Washoe Lake.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Little Washoe Lake lies north of the main body of water and offers an even quieter area inside the park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Scenic views of the Sierra from the park's South Loop Trail.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Hangliding is one of the recreational opportunities inside the park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Views from the gazebo at the end of the Deadman's Creek Trail may be the best in the park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • Deadman's Creek is one of several year-round creeks flowing into Washoe Lake.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • A picnic bench at South Bay day-use area.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • A walking trail parallels the lake's edge throughout portions of the park.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • The park has a reservable group use area.- Washoe Lake State Park
  • A boat launch offers access to Washoe Lake.- Washoe Lake State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Variety of activities. Recreational opportunities for all seasons.
Cons: 
Very little shade in the hot months.
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Region:
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Fall, Spring
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Washoe Lake State Park is made up of about 3,775 acres around Washoe Lake in the valley between Reno and Carson City. 

The park is open year round and offers a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, equestrian trails, and it has hang gliding and boat launch facilities. While the park doesn't have the glamour or scenery of nearby Lake Tahoe, this ensures that Washoe Lake has a quiet feel most of the time. If visiting, you're likely to find yourself amongst few others.

Trails, including the North, South and East Loop trails, are centrally-located and geared toward equestrians. A riding arena, water troughs and horse pens also accommodate horseback riders. 

The park includes 49-site park campground, day-use picnic areas along the lakeshore, a dedicated hang-gliding area, a reservable group use site, and a boat ramp. Several hiking trails are located throughout the core area of the park, while additional trails such as Deadman's Creek Trail and the Wetlands Loop Trail are located on other areas of the lake.

Little Washoe Lake is an even quieter area with its own boat launch and picnic tables and grills, which offers some outdoor ice skating during cold winter conditions.

Fees to enter Washoe Lake State Park are $5 per vehicle daily, and there is a $10 boat launch fee. The nearest large grocery stores are in Reno and Carson City.

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