Beaver Dam State Park

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Beaver Dam State Park

Nevada

(775) 728-4460

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Overview

Deep canyons, pinion and juniper forests, a flowing stream, and numerous beaver dams are the primary features of Beaver Dam State Park. Offering fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography, and nature study, this park is Eastern Nevada's most remote park. Facilities include campgrounds, a group use area, a day-use picnic area, and hiking and interpretive trails.

Map of Beaver Dam (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.518015, -114.076731

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Bird-watchers may see turkeys that were introduced into the park in 1998. Great blue herons can be seen along the stream feeding on trout, desert suckers and golden shiner fish, or on bullfrogs.

  • Camping

    There are two developed campgrounds offering individual campsites, each containing a fire pit, picnic table and parking suitable for one vehicle and a small trailer. Camping is first-come, first-serve; sites may not be reserved. Drinking water is available from April through November. Vault toilets are available year-round. Camping fees apply all year; rates are posted at the campground. There is no trailer dump station at the park.

  • Fishing

    Fishing opportunities abound in the streams below the day-use area and Oak Knoll. The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocks the streams with rainbow trout. A Nevada Fishing License with a trout stamp is required for anglers over age 12. Licenses should be purchased prior to visiting; licenses are not sold in the park. There is a five-trout limit per person.

  • Hiking

    The park's trails offer all levels of hiking experience. See incredible views of the canyon from the vantage point high on the Overlook Trail. From the Oak Knoll Trail, go for an easy hike and bring a fishing pole because this trail descends to the stream bank where there are rainbow trout. The Waterfall Trail offers streams, warm springs and waterfalls.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors may picnic at any of the developed campsites, as available. A Day Use Fee must be paid for use of these facilities. Pack it in, pack it out; there is no trash disposal in the park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Visitors may see mule deer browsing on shrubs; tracks of coyotes, fox, bobcats, and occasionally a mountain lion. Cottontail, jack rabbits, squirrels and porcupines may be seen darting through the park. Willows and cottonwoods along the Wash are the preferred food and dam-building material for the native beavers. Many different lizards and snakes live in the park, including the Great Basin rattlesnake.

Seasonality/Weather

Weather is highly seasonal with wide variations in temperature. Summertime temperatures range from 95°F by midday and drop to 50°F at night. Although the park is open year-round, harsh winter conditions with heavy snowfalls and temperatures dropping below zero limit access. During winter months, only vehicles with four wheel drive are recommended. Rainfall is variable, with thunderstorms common in July and August.

Directions

Driving

The park is located approximately 34 miles east of Caliente adjacent to the Utah border. Motorists can reach the park by driving six miles north of Caliente on US 93, then 28 miles east on a graded gravel road that leads to the park entrance.

The park is open all year, but travel may be hampered in the winter.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(775) 728-4460

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