Located on State Route 322 northeast of Pioche, is recreational heaven. Now a state park, this area was originally settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1860s. Some of their original homesteads lie within the park’s boundaries, which offers an authentic glimpse and their exceptional workmanship while giving visitors an idea of what pioneer life was truly like. A series of ranching buildings from the 19th century still remain, including the Millet Ranch, which is currently used as the Park’s headquarters.
While visiting the park it becomes obvious why so many pioneers first settled in the area: the abundance of water. The agricultural industry continues to be a key driver in the local economy, and in 1965, Eagle Valley Dam was constructed. Spring Valley State Park was subsequently designated later on, in 1969.
Situated at the upper end of Meadow Valley Wash, the water system makes is way through the Muddy River near Moapa in Clark County, eventually depositing into Lake Mead near Overton, Nevada. Although technically part of the Colorado River’s watershed, the park and its surrounding areas is an example of the Great Basin climate.
Open year round, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing on the 65 acre Eagle Valley Reservoir. Also, winter ice fishing is exceptional from December thru February, when the lake freezes over. Additionally, a variety of other activities can be enjoyed at Spring Valley State Park, including hiking, picnicking and exploring the historic pioneer ranch house building and surrounding range land.
Equipped with 43 campsites, tasty drinking water, flushing restrooms, showers, a fish cleaning area and a RV dump station, you can’t go wrong with setting up shop here for your next getaway.
$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. There is a $30 event fee per person. For additional details, call 775-728-4460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.