Rye Patch State Recreation Area

2505 Rye Patch Reservoir Rd
Lovelock, NV 89419


About Rye Patch
Open year-round, Rye Patch State Recreation Area is situated on a 22-mile long reservoir that has 72 miles of shoreline and 11,000 acres of water surface when full. Visitors enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming and water-skiing, and fisherman delight in the available white bass, catfish, black bass and walleye. Trails around and throughout the park make it easy to enjoy the waterfowl and wildlife that abound, including hawks, eagles, owls, great egrets, antelope, deer and fox. The park also serves as a popular base camp for off-road vehicles, ghost town exploration and gold prospecting.

Facilities & Amenities:

Camping: The river campground below Rye Patch Dam has 22 units, a restroom with flush toilets and hot showers. The campground on the reservoir's west side has 25 units, a restroom with flush toilets and hot showers. A sanitary dump station with potable water is located on the dam's west side. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

Picnicking/Day Use: There are two designated, day use picnic areas. The river picnic area has tables, grills and restrooms. The west side group-use and picnic area has space for groups up to 100, with tables, grills, water and restrooms.

Boat Launching: A double-lane boat ramp and dock are next to the campground on the reservoir's west side.

Fishing: Fishing for crappie, wipers, white bass, channel catfish, black bass and walleye is usually best in spring and early summer, with fall being a good season for catfish. Most anglers use worms or liver for catfish, minnows for wipers and jigs for crappie, walleye and bass. Bring your own bait since it often is not available in the area. A Nevada fishing license is required (buy online at ndow.org. See a Health Warning from the Department of Wildlife on consumption of fish.

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus; additional AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Lovelock
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner