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Twelve thousand years ago, Lahaton Lake covered a large portion of the then-wet Nevada basin. In 1905 Lahontan Reservoir was created and named after that huge ancient lake. With 69 miles of willows and cottonwoods scattered along its shoreline, the park is one of the most popular places in Nevada to boat, fish, water ski, and horseback ride. The Lake is open to the public year-round. Lahontan is also a nesting site for bald eagles. Wild horses, bobcats, foxes, and deer share the park with a variety of birds, including migratory waterfowl, pelicans, herons, egrets, and hawks.
The west shore at Lahontan State Recreation Area offers great camping. Open year-round with a nightly fee of $20.00 per vehicle, primitive beach camping is permitted in all areas except for day use and boat ramp areas. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced. Leashed pets are welcome.
The trail surface varies with smooth compacted dirt, mud, and sand. The trail is generally level with gradual changes in grade. Stock 4WD SUVs will work during dry weather. Drivers should be careful of the deep arroyo sand. Use caution during wet weather since the sandy arroyos are prone to flash flooding. When wet, portions of the trail are almost impassible. The trail crosses a mixture of public and private land. Please be respectful of the sections of private property.
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