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Washoe Lake State Park – New Washoe City, Nevada

Washoe Lake State Park Nevada
Entrance to Washoe Lake State Park


Just north of Carson City, Nevada lies the area of Washoe Lake.  There is a lovely state park located on the southeast corner of the lake with two loops and 49 sites, most if not all can accommodate big rigs up to 45′. Perfect!  All sites are first-come first-serve.


Campground: Washoe Lake State Park
Location: North of Carson City
Site: 7
Cost: $17
Services: dry camping
Comments: Most of the sites are back-in but there are a few pull-thrus which are a bit narrow for a big rig with big slides due to the trees. The back-in sites are long, spacious, and offer great views of the lake and the mountains.


Many of the sites are similar with being large and spacious and having great views.


We visited in May and had lovely weather…..except for one day when a sudden hail storm appeared out of nowhere. It was short lived and didn’t do any more damage to our already damaged tow vehicle. Thank goodness.


There is a dump station at the park along with restrooms and showers.  Shopping and fuel along with anything else can be found to the south in Carson City or to the north in Galena (suburb of Reno).  And you can be on the shores of Lake Tahoe in about 30 minutes.

North Lake Tahoe Nevada
View looking south over Lake Tahoe from Incline Village

We spent a few hours one day driving the entire way around Lake Tahoe. It was an overcast day with some drizzle so definitely not the best weather for touring but we made the most of it! We stopped in Tahoma for a nice warm lunch by the fireplace as the day was rather brisk.  And, yes, this was in May!


We drove Hwy 431 back to the campground and ran into some snow going over the pass at Mt Rose. Chains or snow tires required. Luckily we were prepared. Glad we weren’t driving the rig over the pass that day!


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