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Lahontan Reservoir is a Reservoir in Churchill, Nevada.

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Lake Lahontan is a reservoir on the Carson River in northwest Nevada. It is formed by the Lahontan Dam and is located between Fallon, Nevada and Carson City, Nevada. The flows from the Carson River is augmented by diversions from the Truckee River. The reservoir is maintained by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID).

Surface area of approximately 11,200 acres at full reservoir storage with 69 miles of shoreline. The lake is named after ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered much of northwestern Nevada during the last ice age.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing season is year-round. The reservoir is a warm-water fishery that supports white bass, walleye, white crappie, catfish, and brown and rainbow trout.

Note: A health advisory has been issued by the State of Nevada regarding consumption of fish caught in the reservoir due to mercury contamination.

Recreational Activities: 

Recreational Vehicles
Water Sports

Facilities and Parks: 

Picnicking : There are two developed picnicking (day use) areas at Lahontan: One located directly across Lahontan Dam and one on Silver Springs Beach. Facilities include modern restrooms, tables, and grills. All new facilities will have an area which are easily accessible to handicapped visitors.

Camping: Silver Springs Beach #7 offers developed campground facilities, with modern restrooms, tables and grills, for those visitors who desire a less primitive-type camping experience. Primitive on-the-beach camping is permitted in all areas except for day use and boat ramp areas. Please note that the developed campground facilities are closed in the winter and early spring months due to freezing temperatures.

Sanitary Trailer Dump Stations: Sanitary dump station facilities are available near both entrances to the park.

Boat Launch Areas: Boaters with four wheel drive vehicles may launch off of beaches open to camping. Both sides of the park also provide paved boat launching and parking facilities. The Silver Springs boat launch is located near the day use area. The Churchill Beach boat launch, at the North Shore Marina, is located along U.S. Highway 50, one mile west of Lahontan Dam.


Lahontan State Recreation Area
16799 Lahontan Dam
Phone: 775-867-3500

Directions to Lake: 

Site is located 45 miles east of Carson City on Nevada 50. Access by paved and improved dirt roads.

Lahontan Reservoir
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