Lahontan State Recreation Area

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Lahontan State Recreation Area


(775) 577-2235

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Search for rock from ancient volcanic flows in the mountains, or relax by the waters at Lahontan Dam and reservoir. Located on the scenic Carson River, Lahontan State Recreation Area is nestled among high desert sagebrush and wooded areas of native cottonwoods and willows. Wild horses, bobcat, coyote, fox, and deer share the park with a variety of birds. Migratory waterfowl, pelicans, herons, egrets, and hawks are frequently seen in this area, along with Nevada's only known nesting bald eagles. Enjoy a picnic, cast a line, or take your boat out on the reservior, which was named after the Ancient Lake Lahontan from the Ice Age.

Map of Lahontan State Rec. Area (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.378686, -119.201132



  • Boating

    Boaters with four-wheel drive vehicles may launch off of beaches. Both sides of the park also provide paved boat launching and parking facilities. The Silver Springs boat launch is located near the day use area. The Churchill Beach boat launch, at the North Shore Marina, is located along U.S. Highway 50, one mile west of Lahontan Dam.

  • Camping

    Silver Springs Beach number seven offers developed campground facilities, with modern restrooms, tables, and grills. Primitive on-the-beach camping is permitted in all areas except for day-use and boat ramp areas. The developed campground facilities are closed in the winter and early spring months due to freezing temperatures.

  • Fishing

    Bank and boat fishing techniques are used to catch walleye, white bass, the hybrid wiper, catfish, trout, and other game fish.

  • Hunting

    Firearms are allowed only during established hunting seasons, in designated hunting zones, for the purpose of hunting according to the regulations of the Nevada Division of Wildlife and State Parks. Target shooting is not allowed within the area.

  • Picnicking

    There are two developed day-use picnicking areas at Lahontan. One area is located directly across Lahontan Dam, and the other is on Silver Springs Beach. Facilities include modern restrooms, tables, and grills. All new facilities will have an area which are easily accessible to all visitors.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, boating, and fishing are enjoyed at this recreation area.


This recreation area is open all year with maximum use during the late spring and summer.

The developed campground facilities are closed in the winter and early spring months due to freezing temperatures.



Lahontan is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles northeast of Nevada's Capital, Carson City, via U.S. Highway 50. You can access the park from two entrances: U.S. Highway 50 east of Silver Springs and U.S. Highway 95 south of Silver Springs.

Phone Numbers


(775) 577-2235