Camping near Walker Lake

High desert lake town in the Great Basin offers water and land-based adventures year-round.

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Bridgeport Reservoir Campground

33 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents11 acres · CA
Bridgeport Reservoir is a lake at the lower end of Bridgeport Valley in Mono County, California. Its earth-filled dam was constructed in 1923 by the Walker River Irrigation District, along the East Walker River. The campground and marina was built I-don't-know-how-long ago, but it sure is nice! About Us: Welcome to Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and Campground. Join us for the classic camping and fishing experience with unique views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Within the Toiyabe National Forest, Bridgeport Reservoir Marina and Campground is conveniently located near two distinct hot spring areas. A true angler's paradise, the Reservoir has excellent trout fishing from spring through fall and is close by to multiple rivers for incredible fly fishing. A short 30-minute drive to Tioga pass will bring you straight into the heart of Yosemite National Park. Off-road enthusiasts will have a heyday will the plethora of 4x4 trails in the area as well as the famous trail that brings you right to the Bodie Ghost Town. Climate & Ecosystem: At 6,400 feet (1,950 meters), this high desert climate has little to moderate tree coverage and gets hot during the days and cool at night. The conditions are much like Joshua Tree National Park or Alabama Hills camping area. During your visit, you will notice many flying insects that resemble mosquitos. These Chironomid are harmless and do not bite. On the contrary, the mosquito presence is very minimal. Swimming in the lake is possible usually between April to July.
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Paradise Shores Camp

46 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Bridgeport, CA
We're a family owned RV Park & Campground located on the shores of Bridgeport Reservoir. Together with our crew, we're excited to welcome you into our newly adopted home. We believe in campfires, starry nights, good laughs, exploration, a deep sleep and an early rise. The mountains are a place to get back to basics, a place to explore, to breathe. So turn off your phone and turn on your senses. It’s important to us that our guests don’t feel they are renting a tent/RV site or a camper as much as they’re immersing themselves into the outdoor experience. You may just want to sit outside and read for days, enjoy campfires and eat s'mores. For more adventurous, there's a full slate of self-guided recreational activities, such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, ATVing, rock climbing, biking, natural water slides, stand up paddle boards, bird watching, available in the area. We do have modern conveniences such as wifi internet; however, we encourage our guests to “unplug” and immerse in the slow paced life instead. At Paradise Shores, we believe in protecting people, animals and the planet. We make sure that the majority of products we use at our camp is recycled, composted, or re-used. We prefer to use products that are produced in a sustainable way and avoid those that aren't. We are continuously reducing the amount of waste we generate and actively promote recycling of aluminum, plastic, glass, and cardboard. We pack our own recycling and haul it to the nearest recycling facility which is an hour away. We co-opt the drive with other activities to reduce waste. We don’t use individually packaged toiletries or one-use products. We use plant and planet friendly detergent. We're based in a desert. We share our precious water with the entire planet. With only 326 million cubic miles of water on the earth, the decreasing amounts of access to quality fresh water is alarming to us. We monitor how we use water in our day-to-day activities and are constantly working on ways to reduce our consumption of fresh water resources. We hope you can help us maintain this greener camping! We hope Paradise Shores Camp becomes your home as it is ours. It’s located in one of the most spectacular areas in the world. We’re surrounded on three sides by the high Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne Meadows, Mono Lake, June Lake, Virginia Lakes, and Twin Lakes, as well as the historic gold-mining town of Bodie, CA are all within a short drive from our place. We're proud to know this area intimately and are excited to share the secret spots with you. The excellent hiking/running trails including the Pacific Crest Trail, thousands of miles of ATV, dirt bike and mountain bike trails are accessible right from our camp or within a short drive from here. The surrounding terrain offers endless activities and unbelievable scenery in remote wilderness settings.
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Water front on Topaz Lake

1 site · RV, Tent4 acres · Topaz, CA
Learn more about this land:Beautiful lake front property on Topaz Lake , we have 6 rv sites to choose from on 4 acres .First come first serve . Bring your Rv or pitch a tent . Bring your whole family. We have kayaks and paddle boards . Fishing boat available to rent . Life jackets available and a peddle boat too ! Lots of float toys !!
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Willow Springs Resort

28 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Bridgeport, CA
Welcome to Willow Springs Resort Please come stay with us when you are visiting the beautiful Eastern Sierras. For Your Convenience, an Online Booking System is Now Available! www.willowspringsresort.com Willow Springs Resort is located five miles south of Bridgeport, California, in the heart of the Eastern Sierra premiere outdoor recreational region. Although you’re sure to unplug with all there is to do around here, our guests have access to some of the best Wi-Fi in the area. The facility is a small 50’s era motel and RV park with all the amenities one normally expects. We are a pet-friendly facility. We love pets and welcome them in our RV park but not in our motel rooms (with the exception of service animals). Willow Springs Resort was built 70 years ago and is still owned and operated by the same family. That family prides itself on operating a peaceful, beautiful, and clean vacation destination. The fish at the left was caught in Virginia Creek, which is just across the highway from Willow Springs! There are a host of activities to enjoy in the "big backyard" of this Sierra Nevada paradise. Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, swimming, or 4-wheeling, or want to take a photo class or tour of Bodie Ghost Town, the area offers it all. If you prefer to read a book or catch a falling star, meet new people, and share stories at the campfire, Willow Springs Resort is here to welcome you!
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Bob’s Spaghetti Western Stay

1 site · RV2 acres · Coleville, CA
Welcome to Bob’s Spaghetti Western Stay, a charming 2-acre ranch nestled in the Community of Walker California in the picturesque Eastern Sierra Mountains. Steeped in history as a former horse ranch, this unique property exudes the spirit of a classic Spaghetti Western. As you step onto the grounds, you'll immediately feel transported back in time. The Old West Retreat offers an authentic and immersive experience, perfect for those seeking a taste of the Wild West. The expansive property is dedicated to providing RV spaces for campers and boondockers, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay for all who visit. Situated near the renowned West Walker River, famous for its exceptional trout fishing, this location is a dream come true for fishing enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice eager to cast your line, the river's abundant waters promise an unforgettable fishing experience. The Old West Retreat benefits from its prime location between two beloved dining establishments. Enjoy the mouthwatering creations at Walker Burger, known for their delicious burgers, or indulge in the smoky flavors of Mountain BBQ, a local favorite for great Texas BBQ. One of the highlights of this property is its breathtaking mountain views. Surrounded by the majestic Eastern Sierra Mountains, guests will be treated to awe-inspiring vistas that showcase the natural beauty of the region. From sunrise to sunset, the ever-changing colors and rugged landscapes will captivate your senses, creating a tranquil and idyllic backdrop for your stay. Bob’s Spaghetti Western Stay central location makes it the perfect home base for exploring the wonders of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Embark on hiking adventures through scenic trails, discover hidden lakes and waterfalls, or simply bask in the serenity of nature. Immerse yourself in the Spaghetti Western atmosphere, embrace the allure of the West Walker River, shop local, dine at the local restaurants, and revel in the beauty of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Your escape to this extraordinary property promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you yearning to return time and time again.
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VintageTrailer Vineyard

4 sites · RVs10 acres · Topaz Ranch Estates, NV
The Vintage Trailer Vineyard was born of Susan’s love for all things vintage, nature and hospitality. "We once spent a romantic weekend in a Stone House in the middle of a Napa Valley Vineyard." That distant memory, and the beauty that surrounds the Walker River Estate inspired us to create our own version of a unique and special Vintage Vineyard Getaway. We also do a select and limited number private events, retreats, celebrations and wine tastings. Planting & cultivating vineyards and making wine at 5400 foot elevation in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Greg is living a lifelong dream after 30 years as a wine importer. Currently at 900 vines and growing, we have had success in bottling award winning "Garage wines" with an eye toward going commercial one day. The vineyards surround the house and winery, sitting on a bench above the Walker River in Southern Douglas CountyLearn more about this land:Imagine your own private vineyard RV space with gorgeous Mountain and vineyard views. Relax, unwind, uncork! Enjoy beautiful Sierra sunsets & starry nights. Sip our estate wine, hike, bike, fish nearby Walker River E Fork, swim or kayak. Just 8 miles to lake Topaz, 45 min to LakeTahoe and much more.
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Hartman Family Farm

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Wellington, NV
Small Family Farm, including Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, Chickens and a large garden. Guests can feed animals, tend stalls and help mange the farm. We offer a small gift shop of local hand made goods. Location is 1 hour from South Lake Tahoe, including excellent fishing by Walker River and Topaz Lake. If you are interested in booking horse riding during your stay please message before booking.
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Camp in the Woods

13 sites · RVs160 acres · Yerington , NV
160 acres in the woods with 2 natural springs or artesian wells - private secluded location - Lots of freedom - Beautiful views -  Douglas Fir - Pine - Oak -  Forest Land - Abundant wildlife including wild turkeys, wild pigs, black tail deer, and much more - Off the grid - Located approximately 35 miles due west of Red Bluff -  - Map Coordinates are → 40.160705 / -122.808948do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offersLearn more about this land:Majestic desert and mountain views all around. This mini-ranch is located 5 minutes from the winding Walker River, 15 minutes from the beautiful Carson River and Fort Churchill State Historic Park, and 20 minutes from Lahontan Lake. If you have a fondness for farms, desert landscapes and rivers, then you'll enjoy the scenery and picturesque surroundings. The ranch is located around the heart of the farming sector of the Mason Valley and is surrounded by thousands of acres of lush, green farmland and quaint family cattle ranches nestled right smack in the middle of thousands upon thousands of acres of scenic nature. An hour's drive will take you to either Reno, Virginia City, or Carson City; take your pick. Lake Tahoe is about an hour and a half drive. The nearest town is Yerington Nevada, which is 10 minutes away (about ten miles). There are three casinos in Yerington, and there is also a well kept public pool. Yerington also has restaurants and a bowling alley. There are also many natural hot springs ALL OVER the area. The commercial hot springs resorts in Carson City seem to be quite a big attraction among travelers. Depending on the size of your RV, you do have the option of situating your RV inside of the metal barn (as an extra during booking, see details in the extras category), if you prefer a shaded/sheltered area. You may also purchase use of electricity, 110V, 12 amps (as an extra during booking, see details in the extras category). Expect to wake up to our crowing roosters because our chickens like to roam the ranch, so your pets must be contained so they won't try to eat our chickens. The chickens do get locked in their coop at night. Occasionally, we will give you free fresh eggs when our hens are laying. Here at the campsite, there is plenty of parking and space to maneuver.
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Camping near Walker Lake guide

Overview

Located in west central Nevada, the small town of Walker Lake sits along the southwest shore of the high desert lake of the same name, a remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan and a rare perennial lake in the Great Basin. Spanning 12 miles by 5 miles, the lake is a popular destination for swimming, boating, water skiing, kayaking, birding, and wildlife watching. More than 1,000 miles of trails nearby offer options for OHV and off-roading. Camping options include tent and RV camping on BLM land around the lake, with additional options in the high desert, state parks, and national forests nearby.

Where to go

Walker Lake Area

Several campgrounds can be found on BLM land around Walker Lake, including a developed campground Sportsman’s Beach and the undeveloped campgrounds at Tamarack Beach and 20 Mile Beach. For RV parks with amenities, head south to Hawthorne. Weber Reservoir, part of the Walker River Paiute Reservation to the north, offers fishing, boating, and camping. Near Yerington, the Walker River State Recreation Area offers fly fishing, hiking, floating, wildlife watching, and off-roading, as well as tent, RV, and cabin camping.

 

Washoe Valley and High Desert

Further north, Fort Churchill State Park and Dayton State Park offer history and year-round campgrounds. Closer to Reno, Washoe Lake State Park offers two shallow lakes, along with wetlands, dunes, mountain views, and the possibility of spotting wild horses. Year-round camping can also be found along the southern shores of Washoe Lake at Washoe Lake Campground or along the northern shore at Davis Creek Regional Park. 

 

Eastern Sierra California and Highway 395 

Southwest of Walker Lake, campers will find plenty of outdoor recreation, along with tent and RV camping and cabin options around Bridgeport, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Convict Lake along Highway 395 in California. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Inyo National Forest also offer numerous campgrounds. The area is also home to several natural hot springs.

When to go

Water recreation is one of the biggest draws for Walker Lake, making summer a popular time to visit. Fishing in the East Walker River, which flows into Walker Lake, is permitted during regular trout season from the end of April to mid-November, with stocking typically occurring over the summer. Summer is also a good time for spotting desert Bighorn sheep along the west shore of Walker Lake. Winters can be cold, with temperatures occasionally dipping below freezing.

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