As two cities that share the Truckee Meadows, the cities of Sparks and Reno have grown together over the past several decades forming one metro area. Visiting Sparks means indulging in a wide array of Nevada’s signature events, like the Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, Hot August Nights and beyond, as well as basking in luxury properties like the Nugget Casino Resort. Sparks’ other most popular attraction is the Sparks Marina, which has become a go-to place in Sparks for outdoor recreation right in the heart of the metro area. Get some fresh air with the locals with stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals, stretch your legs along the two-mile walking and biking trail that surrounds The Marina, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Sparks Marina Park.
Formerly a 100-foot deep quarry pit known as Helms Pit, the City of Sparks had a specific vision in mind after the site was no longer in use. In 1997, the location was given a complete facelift, transforming into a public park and recreational lake you can visit today, harnessing the natural aquifer that lies beneath. Today, nearly one billion gallons of water fills the Sparks Marina and is stocked with plenty of fish by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, making this a relaxing fishing spot for locals and visitors alike. Rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout are stocked, along with spotted largemouth bass, green sunfish, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, and carp, making the Sparks Marina fishing scene a reliable day on the water, especially for young families and kids learning to fish.
The Sparks Marina is equipped with a large dog park, and makes for a great way to give the pups some fresh air when staying in a local casino resort. Plan to discover sandy beaches, volleyball courts, a fishing pier, concession stands, coffee shops, all set against unblemished views of Mt. Rose. For the most up to date info on visiting the Sparks Marina and Sparks Marina events, get in touch with the City of Sparks at (775) 353-2376.