Map of Virginia Lake
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The land on which Virginia Lake now sits was purchased in 1934 by the late Roger Teglia with the intent of creating a recreational lake. Excavation of the lake began in 1935 and was opened to fishing in 1937. This area is now the Virginia Lake Park that is managed by the City of Reno. Stocking of the lake by the Nevada Department of Wildlife probably started in 1937, although record keeping did not start until 1951. Between 1951 and the present, primarily rainbow trout have been stocked annually.
Virginia Lake is 12 feet deep when full, covers 24.5 acres and has a fairly flat bottom. Water enters the lake via the Cochran Ditch (northwest corner) and exits through a screened, submerged concrete drain (northeast corner). Game fish currently found in the lake include rainbow, brown, and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), channel catfish, largemouth bass, and black crappie. If you like to fish for carp, this lake has some big ones!
Virginia Lake is scheduled to receive 2,000 bowcutt trout in the fall.
Open year round, during public park hours. Limit is 3 game fish.
No boats or float tubes are allowed on the lake.
From US 395, exit onto Plumb Lane and turn west, continue on past Virginia Street and turn south on Lakeside Drive.