The best camping near Washoe Lake State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Washoe Lake State Park adventure.

Just a stone’s throw from Reno and Carson City, this park sits on a lake at the base of the Tahoe Range.  

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Flyte and Sparrow natural interlude

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents96 acres · Reno, CA
When you come to camp here you are on a working farm in transition. Girlfarm has been a local food go to for restaurants, farm family members, and regenerative agriculture interests. Today, the farm is looking forward to a new course in agri tourism as we begin planning walking gardens, art installations in the landscape, and interactive classes. If you would like a list of grass fed meats available, veggies, or herbs just text your host before arrival. We are looking for a seasonal self contained camper who we could offer trade for camp care - text host directly. Its been a huge water season so skeeters are around we also recommend tents have a rain fly and ground cloth. Welcome It was important to choose a partner like Hipcamp to invite like minded individuals who respect both the natural environment and the idea of less is more. At any time you may encounter farming activities, building out of tiny houses for future bookings, or gardens in the process of creation. As we move toward offering the land as a place to both find solitude or chosen participation our Flyte and Sparrow experience will hopefully be a place you will want to return to as your own tradition.
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Village Camp Truckee

134 sites · Lodging, RVs50 acres · Truckee, CA
Coachland RV Park is situated in the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California and is within close proximity to all the outdoor activities, shopping, and dining that Truckee, CA has to offer. Located at an elevation of 5,996 ft., Coachland RV Park welcomes visitors year-round and is a short distance from Northstar Ski Resort and Squaw Valley. During the summer, visitors can enjoy fishing and watersports on the nearby Truckee River. All the beauty that Lake Tahoe offers is just a short drive away from Coachland RV Park.
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Sugarpine Slopes at Grouse Ridge

6 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Nevada City, CA
It is on this property that I saw my first grouse. Also look for warblers-notably Audubon's and the Hermit Warblers- along with the White-headed Woodpecker. You will likely hear a Pileated Woodpecker and if you are lucky you will see one Learn more about this land: Welcome to Sugarpine Slopes. The Sugarpine has the longest cones in the world and many birds and mammals like the pine nuts and use the tree for habitat. This is a spring through fall place only. There is no winter access. The property is at 5800 feet.  Depending on the weather the road may close from Nov 15th to May 15th.  The road on the property is a dirt road.  All wheel drive or 4WD vehicles recommended although the lower section could be accessed by most vehicles. Shorter trailers allowed at Site A. Site 3 can also accommodate a small teardrop-style trailer The property is totally undeveloped at this time. It is a wildlife corridor for deer and bear (keep all food contained), the mountain quail and the blue grouse. Keep your eyes open for the Hermit Warbler, Audubon's Warbler, and our gorgeous visitor from the tropics the Western Tanager. You are likely to hear the Pileated Woodpecker and if you are lucky you will see it and its red crest in an undulating flight through the trees. The property has a lovely west facing slope which climbs gradually at first then more steeply to the top of the property. We have drive-in camping on the lower section.  There is one walk-in site at the top of the property. There is wonderful hiking nearby with several trailheads in the area within approximately 4 miles.  More information can be provided upon request.
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Water front on Topaz Lake

6 sites · RVs, Tents4 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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L.Davis Ranch and Olde LYFE Alpacas

1 site · RV, Tent130 acres · Washoe Valley, NV
We sit on 130 acres of primarily pasture over looking Washoe Valley and Washoe Lake. Olde LYFE Alpacas offers visits with the animals, including an organized 60 min Peaceful Walk with an alpaca where you’ll experience them up close. To book an experience, go to www.oldelyfealpacas.com. There is a small retail store on site with a variety of products made with alpaca fiber, including the most delightful alpaca socks!!
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Big Yeti Tiny Village

8 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Washington, CA
As you know Hipcamp lets you book and enjoy your travel plans seamlessly, So....We make every effort to be open year round, even in a blizzard. Please make sure you are equipped completely for your perfect stay over. This is a Mountain Location please check local weather conditions before you arrive. This is located 25 minutes from Truckee. Emigrant Gap has some hidden GEMS. The State park at the end of the road hosts the North Fork of the North Fork of the American River and its water Fall. Bowman Lake and Yuba Gap reservoir are one exit away. This small camping area backs up to 100,000 acres of Tahoe National forest. You can walk to a restaurant with regular bathrooms and wifi. Here we have out door compost toilet and cold out door shower. ATM we are nothing special. Lots of cool things to do minutes from here, but we mainly boast a safe place to park on your journey. Historic and epic rock climbing is minutes from your campsite. Also there are 4 ski destinations less then 20 minutes from us. fishing lakes can be hiked to. Quads, snow mobiles, xcountry skiing, hiking, downhill and horse back riding can all happen without getting back on the freeway. September 1, 2023. In and effort to make stayovers more comfortable, Site 4 and 5 are being removed and site 6 is being modified to host a full time 34Ft RV available for nightly use.
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Pequena Huts

3 sites · Lodging1 acre · Soda Springs, CA
Cute little cabin nestled in Tahoe National forest . This little gem is on an acre of land surrounded by national forest land. Close enough to Lake Tahoe to get to but also away from the Tahoe chaos. Host lives on property , but will most likely be out and about most of the day. There are two neighbors but both own 20 acres so you can not see them, feels very private. The front of the property where the cabin is located there will be some highway noise being close to highway 20 , especially during a busy weekend. you can’t hear highway noise while in the cabin and towards the back of the land. However it is nice to be so close to highway 20 because it leads to several different destinations. ( west : Nevada city. east: towards Tahoe, and both directions there are soo many lakes/ rivers ) Tiny house: •Full sized futon downstairs and king sized mattress in loft. Electric fireplace, all the game boards , cards, chess, fire pit, projector for movies if requested!!! •Additional guests are welcome to pitch a tent on the land if needed. •Hot plate, toaster oven, mini fridge, kitchen appliances, coffee (French press, drip, mocha pot). Black stone grill outside. Fire pit , check if fires are allowed during booking •Separate bathroom with compost toilet or a short walk to outhouse. Outdoor shower in the making, message if available. FUN: •Lake Spaulding is about 1/4 mile hike down from the property. There is a boat launch and plenty of room to park it on the property if you want to bring a boat. Also have two paddle boards you are welcome to use. Rivers/lakes/swimming holes: •emerald pools, crystal clear water , cliff jumping , waterfalls . 10 minute drive •south yuba river 5-15 minutes depending on the spot (ask for recommendations ) •bowman lake road connects to several lakes . 10 minute drive •lake valley reservoir , 10 minute drive •donner lake, rent kayaks, paddle boards or a boat. 20 minutes • eagle lakes rd swimming hole about 5 minutes •truckee, the cutest town with fun shops, restaurants and bars, 25 minutes . Truckee Thursdays start 6/22, live music &vendors!!! Food: •rustic table, 10 minutes •subway . 10 minutes •Burger King, 10 minutes •soda springs market , 15 minutes •truckee , 25 minutes •Nevada city, 35 minutes @lil_pequena_huts
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Model Farm

10 sites · RVs, Tents78 acres · Reno, NV
Learn more about this land:We are a high desert setting with 78 acres here. There is a huge lake with trees all around it. Kayaking and canoeing is allowed on the lake but it's not swimmable, sadly. There is nearby access to hiking and off road trails. In addition, we are located about 15 minutes from Pyramid Lake, a huge desert lake where there is boating, swimming, and picniciking. We are also an event center for weddings, and other events! come join us on our beautiful propety!
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sierra Tahoe moutain bike adventure

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Reno, NV
Welcome to Alpine Adventure Haven, your perfect mountain escape nestled at 11000 Mt. Rose Hwy! Our scenic campsite offers an unparalleled experience for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With complimentary bike rentals for 2 hours and a discounted rate there after. Experience the Best of Mountain Living **Breathtaking Scenery:** Wake up to panoramic views of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains and breathe in the crisp, fresh alpine air. Our campsite provides a serene backdrop with stunning vistas that change with every season, offering a unique and beautiful experience year-round. **Outdoor Activities Galore:** Situated just a short drive from Lake Tahoe, you can spend your days swimming, kayaking, or simply lounging by the crystal-clear waters. For those who crave a bit more excitement, Mt. Rose is right at your doorstep, offering excellent opportunities for hiking, climbing, and exploring the rugged terrain. **Mountain Biking Trails:** Take advantage of our complimentary short-term bike rentals and explore the exhilarating mountain biking trails nearby. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll find trails that cater to all skill levels, ensuring a thrilling ride through the wilderness. **Modern Amenities:** Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi available for all campers. After a day of adventure, share your photos and experiences with friends and family or simply unwind with your favorite streaming service. **Nearby Attractions:** - **Mt. Rose Summit Trail:** A challenging but rewarding hike to the summit for breathtaking views. - **Tahoe Rim Trail:** Perfect for both hiking and biking, offering miles of scenic trails. -** Sky tavern bike park right next door with so amazing repeatable trails - **Diamond Peak Ski Resort:** Just a short drive away for winter sports enthusiasts. Join us in tahoe for an unforgettable camping experience filled with adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. Book your spot today and start planning your mountain getaway!
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The Stone Ranch

2 sites · RVs3 acres · Silver Springs, NV
. A quiet place to rest along the way. Lake Lahontan less than ten miles away. Swimming, fishing, boating, nature watching, hiking, four wheeling.  Custom Gardens organic Farm three miles away.  Ft Churchill 8.6 miles Lake Lahontan 9.8 miles Fernley 14.2 miles Virginia City 23.1 miles Dayton 24.1 miles Yerington 32.2 miles Fallon 26.5 miles Sparks 38 miles Reno 41.5 miles Carson City 35.5 miles South Lake Tahoe 63.6 miles Tahoe Glenbrook 54.5 miles Burning Man 127 miles
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Kyburz Mountain Oasis

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · Kyburz, CA
For Lodgers: A beautiful 3 bedroom apartment river front view with a large deck Fire pit Bathrooms Kitchen Wifi Backup generators For Campers A private campsite. Jeep Trailer Top Tepui Tent (available upon simple request) Large enough to park a car and back in a 23 foot trailer. 3 picnic sites Propane bbq built in. 3 hammocks built in. For campers, porta potty built in. Lock access required. Private flowing Stream on site. Dogs welcome with permission. No other animals allowed (sorry) Outdoor fire pit. Close to river, hiking galore, rock climbing and more. Coffee shop on weekends within walking distance. It’s truly a gem.
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Tedastevastan

2 sites · Tents5 acres · Reno, NV
Our land is 5 wooded acres in pinon / juniper forest. Features include: many walking paths all around the land, lookout point with picnic table for sunset viewing, spectacular starry skies, night time enchanted forest, and an outdoor shower. Historic Virginia City is a 7 mile drive. Downtown Reno is 24 miles away.
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The best camping near Washoe Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

In Washoe Valley, a small enclave between Reno and Carson City, Washoe Lake State Park features incredible mountain views. The two lakes to the north and south of the park are affectionately called Big and Little by the locals who often visit to go kayaking, try their hand at fishing, or spot wildlife such as wild horses, pelicans, bald eagles, and mule deer. In addition to a boat launch, visitor’s center, and several day-use areas, the park’s sole campground offers 49 campsites for tents and RVs. The campground also features a playground, two comfort stations with showers, a loop with water and utility hookups, and even equestrian facilities with room for trailers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Washoe Lake State Park campground is open all year-round with sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of its proximity to town, it can fill up on holiday weekends and in the summer, but if you can get in on a Wednesday or Thursday, you’re more likely to find a spot.

When to go

The best times to visit this year-round park are in late spring, early summer, and fall. Washoe Valley is notorious for its strong winter winds, but there can also be plenty of sunshine even when snow is falling. In late fall, the nearby cottonwoods offer a blaze of color and fewer visitors than seen in summer.

Know before you go

  • In this high desert climate, the main draw to the park is Washoe Lake. The lake is great for kayaking, birdwatching, and fishing, but during drought years, Big Washoe can dry up in summer. The water usually returns in winter after a few snowstorms.
  • The park is actually divided into three sections. Big Washoe is home to the campground and the larger lake, Middle Washoe is a protected wetlands area, and Little Washoe is a smaller lake with incredible views of the mountains and ice skating in winter.
  • Several hiking trails run through the park as well as in the desert foothills. Check out the Dead Man’s Trail, which leads up to a gazebo that overlooks the entire valley, or visit nearby Davis Creek Regional Park to hike the Ophir Creek Trail up to the Tahoe Meadows and the Tahoe Rim Trail.

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