Nevada Nature February 01, 2017
You’ll Never Forget The Striking Water Of This Exquisite Lake In Nevada
Topaz Lake doesn’t get as much attention and acclaim as its big neighbor to the north, Lake Tahoe. It’s a much smaller lake, but it has its own charms and is a picture perfect location for an outdoor adventure.
Much like Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake sits in both California and Nevada.
The lake is a reservoir created from the West Walker River and it's about 3-1/2 miles long and 1-1/2 miles wide.
The lake, in its original, smaller form, was an important stopping place for Jedediah Smith in 1827.
Smith was the first non-Native American to cross the Sierra Nevada and visiting Topaz Lake was part of his travels.
The lake doesn't get a heavy amount of traffic so it's the perfect spot for a peaceful camping or fishing interlude where you can sit back and enjoy the shimmering blue color of the waters.
Primitive campsites are available around the lake, as well as 70 RV campsites, some with water and power and some without.
If you're not a fan of camping, the
Topaz Lodge Casino
is also located on the lake, which has some exquisite views of the reservoir.
Visitors to Topaz Lake enjoy boating activities, and the lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout for those who love fishing.
Boats, jet skis and water skis are also available for rent.
There are also picnic tables and a playground area for children. This is an incredible spot for a picnic, although be aware there isn't much shade so bring sunscreen and a hat (or an umbrella!)
If you're looking for an enjoyable lakeside adventure without the crowds at larger attractions, Topaz Lake is a serene oasis you won't soon forget!
To reach Topaz Lake, take Highway 395 south from the Carson City area. Go east on Topaz Lake Park Road until you get to the Douglas County Park. You can get to the lake shore via Topaz Lake Park Road which is within the Douglas County Park.
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