The Dirt: Rye Patch State Recreation Area



This multiuse recreation area is a major attraction in the community of Rye Patch. The area includes campgrounds, picnic areas, boat launches, shoreline fishing, and several roads available for OHV recreators. Services are conveniently located just two miles to the East in the town of Rye Patch. 

Trails in surrounding area are primarily dirt and vary in width and surface quality. In addition to roads accessing every corner of the reservoir, there are also roads along Lander Creek and the Humboldt River, as well as an extensive network of roads in the Seven Troughs Range to the West. This land is primarily managed by Nevada State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management, but there re also “checkerboards” of private land mixed with BLM land in the area. Please respect all property boundaries and leave cattle gates as you find them. Secondary roads in the valley navigate cattle grazing land. Secondary roads and trails leading to higher elevations may require more technical skills.

Pull-through parking can be found in the East Side Picnic Area, the West Side Day Use Area, and the campground proper. It may also be possible to find roadside parking/staging areas further West along Rye Patch Road or Old Emigrant Road. Please be respectful of camping restrictions on State Park property, and of other trail users such as equestrians. This area is extremely popular with both fishing enthusiasts and bird spotters. Off-highway vehicle use in the park may be limited around camping areas and paved roads. Services such as food and gas are available in Rye Patch, and more extensive services are available in Lovelock (easily accessible via US 95).


From US Highway 95/Interstate-80/Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway:

  • Take Exit 129 to Rye Patch Road / Rye Patch Reservoir Road and head West.
  • The Entrance for the State Recreation Area is two miles ahead and visible from the exit.
  • Staging areas can be found around the Southern end of the reservoir.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Nevada State Parks

Nevada Division of State Parks
901 S. Stewart St., Ste. 5005
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: 775-684-2770

Email: rpsra@parks.nv.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, check with the local authorities or land managers.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem. Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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