Martis Creek Lake

Known for its outstanding catch-and-release trout fishing.

While in the Reno area and visiting the world-famous Lake Tahoe why not take an excursion to the Martis Creek Dam? Known for its outstanding catch-and-release trout fishing, this is a great site to set up camp, go for a hike, mountain bike, picnic, or enjoy a paddle. Hiking trails are nearby throughout the huge 1,050 acre Wildlife Management Area. Be aware that park facilities are closed during the winter months but cross-country skiing is permitted!

  • Hours The park is open from the last Saturday in April through November 15, and closed during the winter months due to weather conditions.
  • Address US Army Corps of Engineers; Contact: Park Ranger, P O Box 2344, Truckee, CA 96160
  • Phone 530-587-8113
  • Website Martis Creek Lake
  • Best Feature If you're into critter and birdwatching, you'll be amazed by the abundant wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing

From Interstate 80 in Truckee, take exit 188B, go south toward Lake Tahoe, 4.5 miles look for the sign for Martis Creek Lake Recreation Area. The campground and a small lake are on the left side of the highway, and a wildlife area with hiking trails is on the right.