Washoe and Little Washoe Lakes are located in the heart of scenic Washoe Valley, between Carson City and Reno. Here, visitors find spectacular views of the majestic Carson portion of the Sierra Nevada. Popular activities include nature study, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, camping and fishing. Two campgrounds, boat launches, group use area, day use picnic sites, restrooms with showers, an RV dump station and equestrian trailhead are available. A wetlands area with a viewing tower and interpretive displays is located south of the main entrance. Here visitors can view more than 100 different bird species during bird watching season. The park is located on Eastlake Blvd., 10 miles north of Carson City and 15 miles south of Reno off of U.S. 395. Horseback Riding The equestrian area at Washoe Lake State Park offers trailer parking, water troughs, tie racks for the horses, diverse wildlife and bird watching, views of the Sierra Nevada and a wide range of terrain for the rider. Visitors will find large parking areas for easy horse trailer access, 5,000 acres of riding area and access to miles of trails on public land in the Virginia Range Mountains east of the park. There’s even a trail that leads to Virginia City, about a three-hour ride. Equestrian areas are found at the main area and the north ramp.