NV State Park Series – Rye Patch

Categories Family, Nevada State Parks, Travels

rye patch

Friday’s for this Robinson family are one of the few days that aren’t chalk full of to do lists. So on one of those Fridays, I packed the kids up in the car and drove the 2 hours to Rye Patch Recreational Area. Rye Patch is a 22-mile long reservoir. If you have taken the drive from Reno to Winnemucca, you will see it off I80. For Nevada, it is massive and I hear has impressive fishing and boating activities.

I do not have a boat and the idea of fishing with my busy toddlers gives me visions of tangled lines, tripping hazards, and lots of tears (on my end). Nonetheless, I know there were day use areas available and we could all use a little sunshine. I was hoping the dam would be running, as I think Oliver would have gotten a kick out of it, but it wasn’t.

Most of Rye Patch is only accessible by boat but we did enjoy walking along one of the public beaches accessible from a car. The kids enjoyed a snack and even got to see a really loooong train go by in the distance. There was a trail from one of the campgrounds hugging the reservoir, but the drop offs were steep. I wouldn’t let Annabelle down and was worried Oliver might trip at any moment.


Rye Patch State Recreation Area Highlights

  • Peaceful views
  • Plenty of boating oppotunities
  • Great fishing

We found a day use area by the river much friendly for the kiddos to run off some energy. We ate sandwiches, as picnics are always Oliver’s favorite activity on these adventures. There was also a short nature trail that was just the right length for Oliver’s little legs to enjoy.

rye patch hike

We headed home shortly after that and made it home before dinner. We had to make a short stop at Dayton State Park for an impromptu bathroom break, because…toddlers. Even though my current situation can’t really appreciate all that Rye Patch has to offer, we still had a great time. I love that Oliver now asks when our next adventure will be and Annabelle generally just goes with the flow. Adventures don’t always have to be grand or perfect, the best part is just to be on one.

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