Description - Rye Patch Reservoir, along the Humboldt River, is 22 miles long, has 72 miles of shoreline and covers 11,000 acres when full. The elevation is 4,135 feet.
- The developed recreation facilities are located near the dam.
Campgrounds: The river campground below the dam has tables and vault toilets. The campground on the reservoir's west side has 25 camp units and a comfort station. There are also many undeveloped campsites along the reservoir that can be reached by boat or primitive roads. Camping is allowed in these areas unless otherwise posted. A sanitary dump station is located on the dam's west side.
Boat Launch: A single-lane boat ramp and a dock are located next to the campground on the reservoir's west side.
Day-use Areas: There are three picnic, or day use areas in the park. The river picnic area has tables, grills and pit privies. The west side group use and picnic area has space for groups of up to 100 persons, with tables, grills, water and restrooms. A third area is near the swim beach.
Recreation - Facilities in the park include kayaking, canoeing, camping, group camping, dump station, showers, picnicking, group Picnicking, boat launch, swimming and fishing.
Rye Patch visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing and water-skiing at the recreation area's 22-mile long reservoir on the Humboldt River.
Here visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking.
Climate - The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's desert country. Most park users prefer the warm months of late spring and summer. Rainfall is slight, averaging less than 6 inches annually. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In mid winter, daily highs average about 40 degrees and nighttime temperatures can drop below zero.
Rye Patch is located 22 miles north of Lovelock and 50 miles southwest of Winnemucca, on the Humboldt River, just west of Interstate 80.