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Washoe Lake State Park Carson City

Where is it at?

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Washoe Lake State Park
Washoe Lake State Park
Carson City
Tel: 775 687-4319


You can find the park 18 miles out of Reno, and 5 miles north of Carson City - just travel along US 395 and take Eastlake Blvd Exit. The park entrances are on the west side of Eastlake Blvd.

Where are we going today?

We LOVE a great outdoor adventure at Family Days Out, and at Lake Washoe State Park - you can have your very own! 

This piece of natural paradise is located right in the heart of the beautiful Washoe Valley - between Reno and Carson City. You can sit back and enjoy the lakeside views as you look out at the Sierra Nevada and Carson Range. Pretty impressive!

You won't be short of places to explore, because Washoe Lake State Park has over 8,000 acres of land and water ready for kids of all ages to enjoy!

Named after the Washoe Indians - the original inhabitants of the area, it's a beautiful place to bring the family. The park is teeming with wildlife, including deer, hawks, coyotes, and eagles, and there are a ton of bird species including pelicans to enjoy! 

Sand dunes anyone? Yep! The sand dunes of Lake Washoe were formed very very slowly over thousands of years. Make sure you tread lightly though and stay on the pathways, as they are very delicate!

For those day-use visitors, the areas are Little Washoe, the Wetlands, South Beach, North Ramp and Main Entrance.  There are equestrian facilities, as well a great boat launching ramps and many hiking trails. The lake is perfect for those water-sports including jet skiing, water skiing and windsurfing, and there are certainly plenty of places to go hiking! 

So grab those hats and sunglasses, swimmers, bring a good book and great running shoes because there is a whole 8,000 acres for you to explore! Go Nevada! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsEntry $7 to $12 per day
  • ChildrenSame as adult.

When can we go?

Call ahead to check before you visit.

All year round.

I'm Hungry!

Feel free to bring a lovely packed lunch or dinner - there are plenty of places for you to enjoy your meals!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you have plenty of water with you, and healthy snacks give that bit more energy to the kids! .

Any Top Tips?

Motorized vehicles are only permitted on parking areas an on designated roadways, so make sure you stick to these! Pets are allowed but must remain on a leash. .

Doing our bit

Washoe Lake State Park want to ensure it's kept protected and looked after, so fires are only permitted in the fire rings and BBQs. Wood collecting is prohibited, and make sure you leave no trace of your visit. .

Need a little extra help?

If you are unsure, just give the park a call to discuss any mobility difficulties you may have. .

More information

Keep in mind the weather - at 5,029 feet the temperatures are normally 5 to 10 degrees below what the cities are. Winters have freezing evenings and snow is sometimes possible. .

What people are saying?

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    The Park is nice,,,but VERY EXPENSIVE !!!!

    Earlier, we are always happy to run in the state parks but now

    What is the difference if I towing the vehicle, on the drive space and dependent or if I drive without towing space on the ??? There are 2 vehicles.
    For demand double the price and offer nothing is pure simply rip off !!!!
    We travel a lot but this is really awesome.
    Since there is only one thing for us ...... no state parks hit more.

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    Nice park located in the rural area. Coyotes and wildlife in abundance. It will keep a dog busy. Tent sites are situated within sage brush. There are covered shelters for picnic tables at each site.Only issues were showers were only located in the building closest to the lake. Closest Water supply hooked up to a site so a little walk to get water (300 ft). Price was right at $17 per day.

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