Rye Patch Reservoir, along the Humboldt River, covers 11,000 acres when full with 72 miles of shoreline. Here, visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking. A campground, boat launch and picnic sites are provided. Fishing season is year-round with a warm-water fishery with game species including white bass, walleye, white crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, and channel catfish. The Nevada State record walleye was caught at Rye Patch.
Most park users prefer to visit during the warm months of late spring and summer. The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's desert country. Rainfall is slight, averaging less then 6 inches annually. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees F. However, campers should note that summer temperatures can drop as much as 40 degrees at night. In mid-winter, daily highs average 40 degrees F, and nighttime temperatures sometimes drop below zero.
Location: 2mi NW of Rye Patch off I-80