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Echo Canyon State Park
Camping, fishing, and hiking are just some of the recreational activities you can dabble in at Echo Canyon State Park. Adjacent to the 66-mile Mount Wilson Backcountry Biway, you will be sure to encounter wildlife and a variety of native plants and rock formations throughout the area.
Believed to have been occupied by people called the Fremont, evidence indicates that they used the land for hunting and gathering in approximately 900 to 1100 C.E. However, no permanent housing structures were discovered, which suggests they only lived in the area seasonally. Original Fremont pottery discovered near the parks’ steel bridge, identified as Snake Valley pottery, is displayed at the Park Visitor Center at Cathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca.
Settlers first landed in the region because of the plethora of water, which sharply contrasts your typical Nevada landscape. As settlers originally took advantage of this for farming purposes, the agriculture continues to be an important factor in Lincoln County’s economy. In 1970, Echo Canyon Dam was erected to take full advantage of the water supply and serves as irrigation for the valley’s alfalfa crops.
The 65-acre reservoir is ultimately connected to nearby Spring Valley State Park and is part of the Meadow Valley Wash, a water system that eventually deposits into Lake Mead. Although this recreational haven is a portion of the Colorado River’s watershed, Echo Canyon and its surrounding areas is an example of typical Great Basin climate and vegetation. Echo Canyon Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie and even some German brown trout.
Echo Canyon State Park offers a plethora of facilities and services, including camping (group camping areas also available), an RV dump station, flushing restrooms, fishing, hiking, picnicking, a boat launch, and even a nature study. Echo Canyon is located 12 miles east of via State Routes 322 and 323. The park’s elevation is 5,200 feet, and although it is open year-round, snow may make winter access difficult.
Renew your fishing license, dust off that tent and get out to Echo Canyon State Park today!
$50k Fishing Derby
Typically held the first weekend in May, both Spring Valley State Park and Echo Canyon State Park host a $50k Fishing Derby! Anglers of all ages are encouraged to show their casting and catching skills at this annual tournament. In addition to the $50k fish, there are additional fish tagged with scholarship funds! There is a $30 event fee per person. For additional details, call 775-728-4460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Fishing Derby on Free Fishing Day: Getting Kids Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs
Usually taking place the first weekend in June, get your kids outdoors, enjoy the weather and test your luck and catching a few fish. Kids will be provided with fishing poles, tackle boxes, float tubes and even some camping gear! In addition to the free loot, prizes will be awarded, a raffle drawn, and more!
Park to Park Pedal Extreme NV 100
Each October, join along in this cycling tour that begins at Kershaw-Ryan State Park and pedals through the towns of Caliente and Pioche. This race also takes peddlers through three other nearby State Parks, including Cathedral Gorge, Echo Canyon and Spring Valley. Three ride lengths are available, varying in 40, 60 and 100 mile options. The $55 entry fee includes a t-shirt, snacks and a Dutch Oven dinner. For more information, please visit http://www.lincolncountynevada.com/Lincoln-County-Nevada-Pedal.html.
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