Washoe Lake, Nevada

We had a very windy 145-mile drive today and, in the process, traded Jeffery Pines for sagebrush with great views.

Washoe Lake - State Park Campground, near Washoe Valley, NV: Site #18 (49 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • dump station available • lake access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 5,045’ elevation. May 11th - 15th. Miles traveled: 146 miles (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).

• Well maintained campground.
• Easy accessibly to Reno or Carson City.
• Due to a construction project water not suitable for drinking.

Overall Experience: Smile

Exploring Lake Tahoe area. First stop is Alibi Ale Works. Tour around Lake Tahoe continues with South Lake Brewing . Final stop on our tour is at Sidellis Lake Tahoe Brewery and Restaurant. Small micro brewery that's off rhe radar screen with amazingly good brews. See us in the mirror?

These two magpies were fussing at Mooch while he sat in his catio this morning. He enjoyed the show!

A rabbit walks in to a bar...and Robert wants to take it home. Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse.

We planned this stop as a one-nighter, maybe two, and now we’re going on our fourth night. We hiked in the hills today on Deadman’s Creek trail up to the gazebo, followed by a couple of mile beach walk along the lakeshore. All of this is in the park. Life is good!

On the road again. Saw this place and had to stop for breakfast before hitting the road. It was actually a post office at one time.

Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
Stoneyhead Brewing Company, Reno, NV. As first-time visitors, we were offered a free sampling of all thirteen of their beers. Nice.
Shoe Tree Brewing Co. Carson City, NV.
Alibi Ale Works Incline Village, NV.
Sidellis South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Also: Tap here to see our 2014 visit in the area at Davis Creek Regional Park Campground.

Washoe Lake State Park is a popular outdoor recreation destination located in Washoe Valley, Nevada, just south of Reno. The park covers 3,775 acres and features a large lake, wetlands, and a variety of wildlife habitats.

Outdoor Activities at Washoe Lake State Park

Visitors to Washoe Lake State Park can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including:

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking

The park has several picnic areas, a boat launch, and a campground with RV and tent sites, as well as showers and restrooms.

Natural Beauty and Hiking Trails

The surrounding area is also rich in outdoor recreational opportunities. The park is situated between the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and the Virginia Range to the east, offering stunning views and a range of hiking trails. Nearby attractions include:

  • Galena Creek Visitor Center
  • Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Mount Rose Wilderness Area

Cultural and Historical Attractions

In addition to outdoor activities, the area also offers several cultural and historical attractions. The Nevada State Museum in Carson City, just a short drive away, showcases the state's rich history and features exhibits on the Comstock Lode, mining, and Native American culture. The nearby Virginia City, a historic mining town, offers visitors a glimpse into Nevada's past with its old buildings, saloons, and museums.

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