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Rye Patch Reservoir State Recreational Area

Campground reportcampground photo gallery (photo of reservoir from dam Easter 2005)

A Nevada State Park 116 miles from Reno at exit 129. The Imlay exit 146 at the north end of the reservoir is cited by some as meant to access the lake for free overnight parking. State of Nevada home page for the site Nevada Division of State Parks - Rye Patch State Recreation Area

The upper part of Rye Patch Reservoir is where early immigrants found reasonable livestock grazing after an awful 44 mile trek (worse than the forty mile desert to follow) from the Winnemucca area. It was also a decision point about whether to take the Applegate and Lassen cutoff towards northern California and Oregon or cross the forty mile desert towards the Carson or Truckee rivers.

Rye Patch Reservoir covers some 19 miles of the river and holds 194,300 acre feet when full. This irrigates over 38,000 acres in Lovelock Valley. Nevada Hydrographic Regions—Humboldt River Basin

The Humboldt River is the longest river entirely within Nevada. The Humboldt River originates in the Ruby, East Humboldt, Independence, and Jarbidge Mountains and flows 310 miles westward to terminate in the Humboldt Sink. Higher elevation watersheds north and south of the main stem feed seven tributaries that help sustain flow. A majority of the Humboldt River system water is used for agriculture. There are only a few flow-regulating reservoirs in the basin, the largest (Rye Patch Reservoir) being near the end of the system. Extensive reaches of the lower half of the river lose water to the ground and also evaporation. As a result, late season irrigation water shortages are commonplace throughout much of the area above Rye Patch Reservoir. [Nevada Natural Resources Status Report:]

About I 80 through Nevada and Rye Patch:

The drive from California to Utah on I-80 is over 400 miles; sometimes quite busy compared with other Nevada roads but still less travelled than most interstate highways. The surrounding country is not particularly scenic yet the wide open vistas, the high desert plains and the distant, rugged mountain ranges do have considerable appeal.

Rye Patch Reservoir: After Lovelock, I-80 turns almost due north to avoid the Humboldt Mountains and passes the Rye Patch State Recreation Area, centred around a shallow lake formed by damming the Humboldt River, and which is used for fishing, boating and camping. A fee is charged if entered from the south (exit 129), but an unpaved road around the north side (exit 145) affords free access and has several good places to spend the night - enjoying sweeping views across the lake, with the slowly-moving traffic of I-80 and trains on the nearby Central Pacific railway line just discernible a few miles to the south. Other points of interest are several old mine workings, with many specimens of chrysocolla, a striking blue-green mineral. [Nevada - Scenic Drives; Interstate 80]

nice pictutes and weather forecast

Birding reports

Lahontan Audubon Society Weekly RBA:March 3, 2002
Nevada Waterfowl Association - NWA -
NVBIRDS Archives – August 2001 (#6)


Nevada Boating Handbook


nice tropo: Maps of the Overland Route, 1915 - 9 of 28 - Central & Union Pacific Railroads
Nevada RV Road Map Travel Guide for United States #95 Veterans Memorial Highway
1:24,000 Scale Maps - R-List
Nice color PDF road map  NDOT 2004(web).FH10

7.5 minute digital Elevation Models for Nevada


The Geology of coarse gold formation
The GOLD PAN Mar 04


Nevada Commission on Tourism
Cowboy Country ~ Lovelock
Rye Patch, Nevada NV Community Profile: Data, Info and Resources
Nevada- Scenic Drives; Interstate 80
Rye Patch, Nevada NV Community Profile: Data, Info and Resources
Rye Patch, NV, profile - Nevada hotels, festivals, genealogy, newspapers - ePodunk

Immigrant trails and history

TW - Calif Trail Photos
Trails Association

Register of Historical Places - NEVADA (NV), Pershing County

Nevada Hisorical Timeline


American Whitewater - Gauge #6675
NDEP - Lake Monitoring - Rye Patch Reservoir
RYE PATCH DAM, NEVADA - Climate Summary
Rye Patch, NV, profile - Nevada hotels, festivals, genealogy, newspapers - ePodunk
Hydrographic Regions—Humboldt River Basin

Center for the Study of the First Americans
Nevada Natural Resources Status Report
NV10124 - Rye Patch Dam – Nevada
Pre-Congress Trip 407. Western Great Basin Pliocene-to-Holocene Lakes A 2003 field trip for geophysics types
Humboldt River Chronology A book in pdf form about the Humbolt river.
Center for the Study of the First Americans Pleistocene Lake Lahontan: Filling in More Blanks by Amy Dansie & W. Jerry Jerrems

Other links of interest

Oregon California Trails Association, California Nevada Chapter see also the OCTA chapters list at

Route 40 -

Hastings cuttoff - the Roy Tea Gallery

The Lincoln Highway Association -

The Victory Highway

National Park Service Historic Trails -

California national historical trail wagon train -

Rye Patch Links: Wildernet - - Nv State Parks - hydrographic data - yahoo

Visit nearby historic Unionville Nevada

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Links: Wildernet - - Nv State Parks - hydrographic data - yahoo

Visit nearby historic Unionville Nevada

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