Washoe Campground

Campground Star: Washoe Lake State Park, Carson City, NV

Enjoy beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada, Carson, and Virginia Mountain Ranges from Washoe Lake State Park, a 5-star rated campground at Campendium.

Washoe Lake State Park

4855 East Lake Blvd
Carson City, NV 89704
GPS: 39.242, -119.764
Elevation: 5046 ft
Nightly Rate: $17


Campendium reviewer “Island Girl Walkabout” describes Washoe Lake State Park as “a little oasis just outside of Carson City. It’s in a lovely setting overlooking Washoe Lake, a currently dry lake bed, and surrounded by mountains. The campsites are very well spaced, with concrete pads, covered picnic tables and fire rings. They only have dry camping, but have water spigots throughout, rest rooms and showers and a dump site. The location feels remote but is actually just fifteen minutes away from Carson City.”


Reviewer “M&M” also wrote of the convenience to Carson City and Reno. “We camp here when we’re visiting family in Carson City. It’s perfect for our needs: close to town and an escape into the outdoors for our after hours enjoyment.”

Your Airstream allows for dry camping opportunities like this one (review boondocking tips in this issue of Outside Interests ), and most reviewers raved about the expansive views. “We loved it!” wrote “Life’s Little Adventures”. “Most of the sites have lovely views of the surrounding hills and mountains there are hiking trails along the dry lake, over the dunes, and up into the hills. We absolutely loved the scenic beauty of the area. Wish they let you stay longer than seven days.”

“Put this on your list!” wrote reviewer Anthony Sherman. “Washoe Lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides, has lovely low bush foliage throughout. The bushes are a great sound barrier. Barely heard a generator, and no way could hear I-580 (US 395).”

Don’t expect a lush lake; the area has been affected by drought. “Washoe Lake is struggling to deserve the title of large mud puddle,” wrote reviewer “Nathan@Wand’rly”. The 8,053 acre park with year-round access is a popular area for many activities, though: hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, and equestrian outings. “Take the hike up the eastern hills to the gazebo overlook,” said M&M, and “be sure to see the black and white striped cows on the ranch by the southern freeway entrance. I just love them!”

“We stay here every single time we drive Hwy 395,” wrote “WheelingIt”. “It’s located just a short way off the highway, yet it feels like miles away.” Washoe Lake State Park is 18 miles south of Reno and five miles north of Carson City. Travel on U.S. 395, take the Eastlake Boulevard Exit and park entrances are on the west side of Eastlake Boulevard. 49 RV sites to choose from (maximum length: 45 feet).

The Outside Interests “Campground Stars” are selected from the 5-star reviews posted to Campendium.com, the website that helps RVers find and share great campsites. Have a favorite—or least favorite—campground? Submit your own review to Campendium!