Water Sports

With Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River in northern Nevada and Lake Mead and the Colorado River in southern Nevada, and a plethora of lakes and rivers in between, Nevada is home to some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the country – perfect for water sport activities.

Grab your kayak or canoe and try open water paddling in the pristine blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Lake north of Carson City, and Pyramid Lake north of Reno. In rural Nevada, head to Lahontan State Recreation Area in Silver Springs, Walker Lake State Recreation Area in Hawthorne and Cave Lake State Park outside of Ely. In the Las Vegas area, paddle the Lake Mead National Recreation Area where you’ll discover canyons and coves to explore.

If you prefer rapids, try whitewater rafting in northern Nevada on the East Fork Carson River and the Truckee River where you’ll experience all levels and classes. At the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield Park in Reno, you’ll find drop pools, rodeo holes and a kayak slalom racing course. And in southern Nevada, enjoy a more tame section of the Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Lake Mohave.

For the adventure seeker that loves exploring below the surface, try scuba diving. Lake Tahoe offers crystal-clear waters where visibility can exceed 150 feet. You’ll also find sunken trees and an artificial reef at Cave Rock. And at Lake Mead, visit Dive Park at North Boulder Beach where vessels and other items have been placed for exploration.

Whether you enjoy open water paddling, whitewater rafting or scuba diving, Nevada’s incredible lakes and rivers will whet your adventure appetite.