About Packard Valley
Packard Valley is in Pershing County and is located in the beautiful and temperate high desert region of northwestern Nevada. The County’s 6,068 square miles contains over 31 square miles of water and offers some of the most varied, spectacular scenery in the State and a wide array of mining, agricultural and recreational opportunities.
The County is in the rich gold mining center of the Western United States and is one of the leading agricultural counties in Nevada with many acres under cultivation. Tourism is a large part of the County’s economic base due to the number of visitors the gaming industry brings to the area and the draw of the beautiful wide open spaces, historical sites, and great hunting and fishing.
The County Seat is the small city of Lovelock with a population of approximately 2,200. Lovelock is located just 95 miles northeast of Reno on the I-80 (Interstate 80) Freeway. The city is in the Humboldt River basin at the headwaters of the Humboldt River.
Pershing County’s Rye Patch Reservoir
Rye Patch Reservoir is located along the Humboldt River, off the I-80 (Interstate 80) Freeway, just seventeen miles northeast of Lovelock. The Reservoir offers some of the finest fishing and camping in Northern Nevada and, when full, covers 11,000 acres with over 72 miles of shoreline.
Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking with a campground, boat launch and picnic sites provided. Fishing season is year-round with warm-water game species of white bass, walleye, white crappie, Large Mouth Bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, and channel catfish. The Nevada State record walleye was caught at Rye Patch Reservoir.
Most park users prefer to visit during the warm months of late spring and summer. The area’s climate is typical of northern Nevada’s high desert country. Rainfall is slight, averaging less than 6 inches annually. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees F. However, campers should note that summer temperatures can drop as much as 40 degrees at night. In mid-winter, daily highs average 40 degrees F and nighttime temperatures are rarely below 10 degrees F.
City of Reno
The self-proclaimed “biggest little city in the world,” Reno, on the I-80 (Interstate 80) Freeway near the California border, is a somewhat small scaled version of Las Vegas, with many glamorous hotels, casinos and miles of gleaming slot machines and poker tables. What began as a small community built to serve westward travelers in the mid-1800s, Reno has become a bustling neon city and the gambling and gaming Mecca of Northern Nevada. This fabulous little city is at the foot of the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, with the Truckee River winding charmingly through the center of downtown. The casinos are concentrated downtown, along Virginia Street, and move eastward along the I-80 (Interstate 80) Freeway into the adjacent city of Sparks.
In addition to fine dining, fabulous entertainment and live on-stage “Broadway” shows, Reno is the gateway to a multifaceted variety of outdoor adventure in Northwestern Nevada, aptly known as “America’s Adventure Place.”
Within an hour’s drive of Reno, there are 15 ski resorts, 50 golf courses, Lake Tahoe, the State capital at Carson City, thousands of biking and hiking trails, several lakes that are perfect for fishing and boating, many locations of historic interest, and the entire length of the Truckee River. The outdoor attractions, in addition to Reno’s variety of hotels, casinos and a growing night-life, provide a perfect place to put up for a few days and enjoy a variety of fun and recreation for the entire family.
Blessed with unparalleled, sparkling, natural beauty, Lake Tahoe – “the Crown Jewel of the High Sierras” – has been selected as the #1 most popular tourist destination in the United States. The lake is known for its alpine beauty, the clarity of its water, and the awe producing panorama of the surrounding snow capped mountains on all sides. At 6,229 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States. It is 22 miles long by 12 miles wide, with a shore line of 72 miles, a surface area of 191 square miles, and an average depth of 989 feet. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest lake in the United States, with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, trailing only Oregon’s Crater Lake.
On the Nevada state side of Lake Tahoe, the South Shore, gambling is legal. There are many five-star hotels and casinos there which offer fine dining, fabulous entertainment, live on-stage “Broadway” shows and, of course, gambling with a variety of table games and slot machines.
Much of Lake Tahoe’s surrounding area is devoted to the tourism industry. There are several ski resorts and golf courses in the area as well as many clothing, antique and souvenirs specialty stores. There are also many excellent restaurants that offer lake front dining. Some of the area’s summer activities and tourist attractions include: horseback riding, hiking, camping, sail boating, parasailing, jet skiing, Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, golfing and shopping. Some winter activities include: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, sledding, tubing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
The vast variety of recreational activities coupled with the hotels, casino shows and the gaming/gambling availability make Lake Tahoe a destination that is a favorite for all of the family.
Click on the photos below of our Packard Valley properties and the city of Lovelock.