Davis Lake

History

Davis Creek Park Pond is a natural shallow lake that has been enhanced over the years to achieve its present depth. The pond was originally used by the Winter’s Ranch to harvest ice for summer use. Nevada Department of Wildlife first stocked Davis Creek Pond in the early 1980s with several hundred 2-inch largemouth bass. The first trout were released in 1991 and spring trout stocking has continued since. In 1998, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space completed dredging the pond to improve fish habitat. The southern end was deepened to 15 feet along with the shallow northern end.

Pertinent Information

Davis Creek Park Pond covers approximately 2.5 acres when full, and is approximately 15 feet deep with an island in the middle. Fed by the intermittent Davis Creek and a ditch bringing water from Ophir Creek, Davis Creek Park Pond usually remains full, however, it did dry up three times during the drought of 1987-94. The pond is managed as a put-and-take fishery; hatchery fish are planted and soon thereafter caught by anglers at nearly 2 fish per angler per day. Fish typically measure between 8 and 12.5 inches. Davis Creek Park, managed by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, is a beautiful, wooded area located close to Reno and Carson City and offers day-use, picnic areas around the lake and a campground facility just north of the lake. Restroom facilities are available.

Stocking

The pond is scheduled to receive 4,000, 10-inch rainbow trout in March and April and another 600 in September.

Regulations

Open year around, during public park hours. Limit is 3 game fish.

Boating Regulations

None apply.

Access

Davis Creek Park is located in Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City. From US 395, exit onto old 395, the park is approximately one mile north of Bower’s Mansion.


Species

  • Rainbow Trout

  • Regions

  • Western Nevada

  • Counties

  • Washoe