Sure, many beautiful mountains are located throughout Nevada, but you know what? Nevada is also home to some of the most beautiful rivers you’ll ever see. Though some of the rivers are much larger than others, each one is incredible in its on way.
Listed below are 10 beautiful rivers in Nevada that are definitely worthy of checking out.
1. Carson River
The Carson River, a northwestern Nevada river, empties into the Carson Sink. The main stem of the river is approximately 131 miles long. With the addition of the East Fork, its total length in 205 miles. The Carson River flows through five counties, including Alpine County in California and Douglas, Storey, Lyon and Churchill counties in Nevada, as well as Carson City, Nevada. The Carson River is a trophy trout stream and is enjoyed by numerous kayakers and river rafters.
2. Truckee River
At 121 miles long, the Truckee River is western Nevada’s largest river. It's the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe, and it also drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, and later empties into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin. Whitewater rafting, kayaking and fly fishing are popular recreational activities enjoyed on the Truckee River.
3. Humboldt River
The Humboldt River runs through northern Nevada in the western United States. At approximately 330 miles long, this Nevada river is the third longest river in the Great Basin. Also, in terms of discharge, it's the fifth largest river in the U.S. Instead of emptying into the ocean, the Humboldt River empties into the Humboldt Sink.
4. Virgin River
The Virgin River, which is approximately 162 miles long, is a tributary of the Colorado River in the U.S. states of Utah, Nevada and Arizona. In 2009, during the centennial celebration of Zion National Park, it was designated Utah's first wild and scenic river. The Virgin River is home to a huge variety of plants and animals.
5. Colorado River
The Colorado River, which is 1,450 miles long, is one of the primary rivers of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It's well known for its canyons and whitewater rapids. It's also an important source of water for agricultural and urban areas in the southwestern desert lands of North America.
6. Owyhee River
The Owyhee River, a 346-mile-long tributary of the Snake River, is located in northern Nevada, southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. Its drainage basin is 11,049 square miles in area, making it one of the largest subbasins of the Columbia Basin.
7. East Walker River
The East Walker River is located in eastern California and western Nevada, and it's approximately 90 miles long. It drains part of the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada into Walker Lake in the Great Basin.
8. Bruneau River
The Bruneau River, a 153-mile-long tributary of the Snake River, is located in the U.S. states of Idaho and Nevada. It originates within and near the Jarbidge and Mountain City Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in northern Elko County, and it's a popular whitewater rafting spot.
9. Reese River
The Reese River, a 181-mile-long tributary of the Humboldt River, is located in central Nevada. It flows north between the Toiyabe Range and the Shoshone Mountains for half its length.
10. White River
The White River, a small and discontinuous 138-mile-long river, is located in southeastern Nevada and is notable for several endemic species of fish, including White River Colorado gila, White River speckled dace, Pahranagat spinedace and White River springfish. It begins near Ely at the Great Basin Divide in the White Pine Range.
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