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Description - Lahontan Reservoir, is 17 miles long, has 69 miles of shoreline, and covers 12,000 surface acres when full.

Attractions - Facilities available at Lahontan include:

Picnicking and camping: There are two developed picnicking ( day use ) areas at Lahontan, one located directly across Lahontan Dam and one on the main point at Silver Springs Beach. Facilities include modern restrooms, tables and grills. All new facilities will have areas which are easily accessible to handicapped visitors.

Silver Springs Beach #7 offers developed campground facilities, with modern restrooms, tables and grills, for those visitors who desire a less primitive type camping experience. Primitive on the beach camping is permitted in all areas except for guarded swim beaches, day use and boat ramp areas.

Sanitary Trailer Dump Stations: Sanitary dump station facilities are available near both entrances to the park.

Boat Launching Areas: Both sides of the park provide boat launching facilities. The Silver Springs boat launch is located near the day use area. Boaters wishing to launch boats on the dam side must use the Cove boat launch located at the Cove concession area on U.S. Highway 50.

Cove Boat Launch and Concession Area: This privately managed area provides a boat launch ramp, mooring facilities, boater supplies and a restaurant and bar.

Fishing: Bank and boat fishing techniques are used by anglers to catch white bass, white catfish, white crappie and a variety of other game fish from the waters of Lahontan Reservoir.

Hunting: Hunting is allowed during established seasons ( shotguns only ).

Recreation - Lahontan offers opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, camping, picnicking.

Climate - The area's climate is typical of the northern Nevada desert region. Rainfall is slight, averaging less than six inches annually. Sunny skies are the rule with summer daytime temperatures near 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, night may be very cool.

Location - Lahontan is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles east of Carson City via U.S. 50. The park is open year-round and can be accessed from several entrances on U.S. 50 east of Silver Springs and U.S. 95 south of Silver Springs.

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Contact Information:
Lahontan State Recreation Area, 16799 Lahontan Dam , Fallon, NV, 89406, Phone: 775-867-3500

Additional Information:
Central Nevada - This area spans the center of Nevada, straddling U.S. Hwy. 50. It is often referred to as Pony Express Territory because U.S. Hwy. 50 parallels the historic Pony Express route.
Nevada Lakes and Reservoirs - There are several lakes and reservoirs located within Nevada. This provides opportunities for visitors to participate in varying recreational activities such a waters sports and fishing.
Nevada State Parks - Nevada has 24 state parks. These parks represent the beauty and diversity of Nevada. Sites range from scenic reservoirs, to historic buildings, to parks containing deep canyons.
Reno-Tahoe Region - This incredible area offers the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe's crystalline waters, rolling forests of pine and fir, snow-covered mountains, an ancient sea turned into a desert lake, historic mining towns and much more.

Nevada State Parks - Official Nevada Division of State Parks Website


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