Walker Lake State Rec Area, NV

3:13 p.m. on March 30, 2018 (EDT)
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Last Wednesday I took part in a field trip to visit the new addition to the State Park System. It was hosted by the NV State Parks and included several scientists and consultants. The State has acquired three private ranches including some 12,000 acres of land and 28 miles of river frontage on the East Fork of the Walker River.  The property is surrounded by public land owned by the USFS and the BLM.  The new lands have high scenic quality, lots of quality wildlife habitat and a trout fishery that has been protected for 100 years.  We saw wild turkeys, raptors and large herds of mule deer. The vegetation communtities are intact with high densities of native bunch grasses and pinyon juniper stands. There are numerous old mining ghost towns in the area including Bodie, CA which is about 15 miles by dirt road and Aurora, NV about 10 miles. 

This project with facilitated by a conversation easement obtained by the Nature Conservancy.  The area is part of the Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse Recovery Area, and provides habitat for some keystone wildlife species. 

There will be at least one developed campground with water and hookups and several primitive camp sites.  Boondock camping is legal anywhere on public lands on several hundred square miles.  A great place to visit about an hour from home. 

7:59 a.m. on March 31, 2018 (EDT)
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That looks like some dry country once you get a few steps away from the river. Probably more fun to visit now than in July :) Sure do miss the smell of sun baked desert scrub though.

11:58 a.m. on March 31, 2018 (EDT)
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Probably at its best in spring and fall, but it is higher in elevation than most people realize. (5,000 to 8,000 feet).  Right now the Sierra is snowed in, but the Walker River country will be blooming soon.  Part of the attraction is the amount of space.  There is no one out there and plenty of wildlife and flowers to look at. It is in the Sagebrush Ocean with pinyon/juniper trees and mountain shrubs.

11:58 a.m. on March 31, 2018 (EDT)
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10:43 a.m. on April 1, 2018 (EDT)
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No permits, no reservations, just go out there. 

5:46 p.m. on April 1, 2018 (EDT)
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Hey ppine

Where is this exactly? My map shows a state recreation area on the west shore of Walker Lake, but the BLM says that due to increasing salinity, there is no fishing for Lahontan cuts there.

You mention the Walker River.  Is this upstream of the lake?

7:54 p.m. on April 1, 2018 (EDT)
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Yes. The Rec Area is upstream from Walker Lake and is mostly on the East Fork of the River.  It is south of Yerington, NV and west and a little north of Walker Lake.  It does not show up on many maps yet.  Try the Walker River State Rec Area website. 

10:08 p.m. on April 1, 2018 (EDT)
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Cool.  Thanks. 

11:36 a.m. on April 4, 2018 (EDT)
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My apologies balzaccom.  The title of the thread should read Walker River State Rec Area.  Walker Lake has been in the news for 30 years, but it is a lost cause.  The River is worth celebrating.  Sorry for the confusion. 

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