Scout Camp Thanksgiving

Photo Gallery: Some friends gather for Thanksgiving dinner, a weather experience, and Nevada scenery,


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The area is just south of the Weeks Bridge and Buckland Station a few miles south on US 95 from Silver Springs on the Pony Express Trail.

Scout Camp is a part of the Carson River Ranches area of Fort Churchill State Park. Nevada now has quite a section of river front from Fort Churchill to Lahontan. There are trails along the river and canoe access for day float trips. Scout camp has a privy and horse corals as well as a dozen or so campsites. The area is on the riverbank and serves as a flood plain for the Carson River.

What made an impression on this campout was the abuse of the campground. See the Carson River Ranches photo gallery for a contrast and comparison. In the earlier gallery with pictures taken in September there were road trails winding in a loop past the campsites. In this photo gallery, taken in November, major sections of the campground were just large packed dirt areas with no discernable difference between vehicle trails and other areas.

Even in fall, the area, as a flood plain, should have dried grasses trapping leaves from the trees to reduce erosion and improve the quality of the soil. The denuded areas are vulnerable to floods that might occur next spring. This is an abused campground and it is going to take a while for it to recover.

There were toyhaulers enjoying the desert for Thanksgiving as well. These campers turned south on the powerline away from the river to enjoy their ATV’s, firecrackers, and target practice. That must be BLM area adjacent to the Nevada State Parks land. Camping should be free there if that is the case but the $10 per night at Scout Camp does provide for free dumping at Fort Churchill or Lahontan State Parks.

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