Echo Canyon State Park
Make Echo Canyon your waterfront basecamp as you park-hop your way through all six of Lincoln County’s state parks. Situated minutes from the living ghost town of Pioche, NV, stake your spot at recently rebuilt campgrounds that overlook Echo Canyon Reservoir, cast a line into one of southeastern Nevada’s best fishing holes, watch for wildlife, hit up hiking trails with views of the entire valley, learn early pioneer history of the region, and much more at this pristine Nevada state park.
Echo Canyon Reservoir History
The first people to live in this region were the Fremont people, who moved around the American West with the seasons from about 700 to 1300 AD. Though they used the land in this section of modern-day southeastern Nevada for hunting and fishing, no permanent housing structures have been discovered, which suggests they only lived here seasonally. Original Fremont pottery was discovered within modern day Echo Canyon State Park near the steel bridge, identified as Snake Valley pottery, and is now displayed at the Park Visitor Center at Cathedral Gorge State Park (also the Lincoln County Regional Park office, home to all the info on all 6 state parks in the area), located about 10 minutes south of Pioche.
As early pioneers forged west, many ended up staying in Lincoln County due to the abundance of water, which sharply contrasts the surrounding low-desert landscapes. Settlers first took advantage of water for farming and agricultural purposes, which still remains a dominant industry for folks living in the region today. To harness these natural resources, Echo Dam was built in 1970 to irrigate the valley’s sprawling crops.
Visiting Echo Canyon State Park Today
Today, this impressive 65-acre reservoir is connected by waterway through the Meadow Valley Wash to Spring Valley State Park—a water system that eventually deposits all the way to Lake Mead in southern Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. Though this recreational paradise is a portion of the Colorado River’s watershed, Echo Canyon and the area surrounding it is an example of typical Great Basin climate and vegetation.
Echo Canyon Reservoir Fishing
Be sure to keep your fishing tackle (and Nevada fishing license) handy when headed to this part of Nevada! The reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, and even some German browns. Echo Canyon reservoir covers 70 acres, has a maximum depth of 27 feet, and offers a boat ramp that is available during high water levels, but boats can also be launched from the shore. Even if you don’t have a boat, fishing anywhere from the shoreline is sure to satisfy the angler in all of us.
Echo Reservoir Camping
In addition to excellent fishing, Echo Canyon State Park offers an abundance of facilities and services. While there are many camping opportunities in the region, the campsites at Echo Canyon are plentiful and include amenities other parks in the areas don’t. Individual campsites are equipped with drinking water and full RV hookups, walking distance from flush restrooms and a truly stunning overlook of Dry Valley below. The group picnic area accommodates up to 70 people, and offers shade ramadas, barbeque grills, picnic tables, and drinking water. Best yet, the Ash Canyon trail leads into the park’s backcountry, winding 2.5 miles round-trip along the valley rim, and descending into the spectacularly scenic Ash Canyon.
Echo Canyon State Park is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information on hours, campsite availability, and entry fees.
Admission to Echo Canyon State Park is $5.00. Camping in the park is available for $15.00 per night for sites with utility hookups. The north campground has 33 campsites open on a first-come, first-served basis. The RV campground has 20 full hook-up sites on a hill overlooking Dry Valley and campground facilities include flush toilets and an RV dump station.