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.
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.
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.