Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Fishing, boating and picnicking are popular activities. Facilities include shade ramadas, tables and grills. Walker Lake State Recreation Area is located 11 miles north of Hawthorne on U.S. 95. The park is open all year. Cutthroat trout and other species lurk in this 22-mile-long desert lake, which also offers bird watching in the shadow of 11,245’ Mt. Grant. Loons occasionally make a stopover here during migration, and kayakers and canoeists have the best chance of sneaking up on the elusive birds.The state park rangers offer guided loon and bird watching excursions.