Rye Patch State Recreation Area

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Rye Patch State Recreation Area


(775) 538-7321

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Things To Do


With 72 miles of shoreline and 11,000 acres of water surface when full, The Rye Patch Reservoir is a wonderful place to recreate. The park users who visit Rye Patch State Recreation Area enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, and water-skiing. Most park users visit during the warm months of late spring and summer, when the skies are typically clear and sunny. Thousands of years ago the Rye Patch Reservoir area's climate was colder and wetter than it is now, and a larger Humboldt River fed ancient Lake Lahontan. Though it is not known whether people lived in the area then, evidence shows native people were camping along the river 8,000 years ago.

Map of Rye Patch State Rec. Area (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.468499, -118.310566



  • Boating

    A double-lane boat ramp and a dock are located next to the campground on the reservoir's west side. A single-lane boat ramp and restroom are located ten miles north at Pitt Taylor remote camping area.

  • Camping

    Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. The river campground below the dam has 22 units, a restroom with flush toilets, and hot showers. The campground on the reservoir's west side has 25 units, a restroom with flush toilets, and hot showers. There are also undeveloped campsites along the reservoir that can be reached by boat or primitive roads. Camping is allowed in these areas unless otherwise posted.

  • Fishing

    Fishing for crappie, wipers, white bass, channel catfish, black bass and walleye is usually best in spring and early summer, with fall being a good season for catfish. Most angler's use worms or liver for catfish, minnows for wipers, and jigs for crappie, walleye, and bass. Bring your own bait since it often is not available in the area. A Nevada fishing license is required.

  • Picnicking

    There are two designated, day use picnic areas. The river picnic area has tables, grills, and restrooms. The west side group use and picnic area has space for groups of up to 100 persons, with tables, grills, water, and restrooms.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is allowed.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports are available.


Most park users prefer to visit during the warm months of late spring and summer. The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's desert country. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees F. However, campers should note that summer temperatures can drop as much as 40 degrees at night. In mid-winter, daily highs average 40 degrees F, and nighttime temperatures sometimes drop below zero.



Rye Patch is located 22 miles north of Lovelock, Nevada (46 miles west of Winnemucca), just off of Internstate 80, on Rye Patch Reservoir Road. Exit 129 will take you to the main park entrance, dam, and campgrounds.

Phone Numbers


(775) 538-7321