Nevada contains an underappreciated diversity of natural environments, wildlife, and conservation areas that are open for you to explore. While Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border draws visitors from all over both states, the equally beautiful Washoe Lake lies only a few miles to the northeast.
Washoe Lake is a popular boating and fishing destination, while visitors seeking land-based activities enjoy the flat, open spaces where hiking and equestrian activities are abundant. The state park is equally popular among campers and day-use visitors, and its popularity is in part due to its convenient location between Carson City and Reno.
A multitude of birds live and nest within the park, including cranes, pelicans, and bald eagles. The area is fairly remote, so if you plan on visiting, bring your own water and food for consumption throughout the day. There are restrooms on-location, some even with flushing capabilities, but most people come to the area for the pristine beauty of the natural landscape.
Nevada State Parks manages Washoe Lake State Park and all of its amenities, charging only a minimal amount for entrance, camping, and boating. The picnic areas alone are worth taking a day for a personal retreat. Washoe Lake State Park is also an extremely dog-friendly state park, allowing dogs to go anywhere with the caveat that they are on a leash whenever they are within 200 feet of facilities or campgrounds.
Be aware of wildlife in the park and make sure that your dog is on his best behavior when interacting with other people, horses, or dogs that might also be enjoying the state park! Visiting Washoe Lake State Park is a great way to explore the natural spaces that define the nearby national forests and to stand in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Your dog will love the free, open space, and you will walk away feeling refreshed and in awe of the world around you.