Rye Patch was named for the grass that grew around a spring. You can hear springs in the canyon walls from the campground. It seems there is more water noise from the springs than there is visible water flow. There must be water as the Humbolt river does show a flow even when no water is being released from the reservoir for downstream irrigation.
At exit 129 there is a big, but rather run down, truck stop and not much to see besides mountains and sage brush. Just a couple of miles from the highway is a small canyon made by the Humbolt river. The dam across the canyon rises only 63 feet above the stream bed and is about a thousand feet long across the canyon so it isn't an impressive or very visible feature. Below the dam the main campground has been built into the first bend of the Humbolt's meanders as it heads downstream. A boat ramp with camper parking is around on the west side.
The river bend campground below the dam has a lot of open area and paved roads. The shower house on the north end of the campground towards the dam is open year round. It has two showers and four flush toilets. This is a small campground with a couple of pull through spots and a large open group area on the south end. The soil is sandy with a lot of sea shells from previous epochs.
On the west side of the dam is the boat ramp with parking lots adjacent to camp tables and a fish cleaning station.
The photo gallery pictures were taken Easter 2005.
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