a River Runs Through It

The Truckee River runs right through the heart of Reno. It’s the blood flow through the City’s cardiovascular system. Named after a Paiute Chief, the Truckee is the very reason why people first settled in Reno. Its ebbs and flows are woven into Reno’s brand.

The Truckee River is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe. After 121 miles of northeasterly river flow, the Truckee empties into Pyramid Lake. Its entire basin encompasses an area of approximately 3,060 square miles in the states of California and Nevada.

via theflysyndicate.blogspot.comThe river’s waters are an important source of irrigation along its way. The Truckee Meadows area constitutes the most important municipal, industrial, and agricultural use of the Truckee River’s water. The Truckee serves as Reno’s primary source of drinking water, supplying Reno with 80 million U.S. gallons of water each day.

Throughout the summer, Renoites flock to the Truckee River for fishing, kayaking, tubing and more. It’s the crux of Reno recreation. A small area of the Truckee, through downtown Reno, has been developed into a Whitewater Park that draws thousands each year. The Reno River Fest, mentioned in a Sense of Events, competes the top athletes from the pro kayaking tour.

It’s a beautiful river and as Dr. Bret Simmons contests, it should be developed even more through downtown. If Reno were able to produce something similar to the San Antonio River Walk, its potential would be immeasurable.

I enjoy taking my dog to the Truckee River and watching her chase sticks along the current. What is your favorite thing to do at the Truckee River?

The Truckee RiverNOTE: The thoughts and opinions expressed by Paul Klein in this blog are personal and not that of the City of Reno.



4 thoughts on “a River Runs Through It

      1. I think it’s important that we pick one and stick with it. I like the way Renoan rolls of the tongue, and I think it just sounds better than anything else. Reno-ITE sounds somewhat unpleasant.

        When using preferred nomenclature, it may translate the same, but another way of saying it may imply a derogatory meaning. There are a lot of different ways to refer to an Italian person, but I prefer dago over wop or Guido–or others I won’t mention.

        Also, combining Reno Nevadan is Renoan, or Renovadan?

        Finally, there is already contrasting definitions of Renoan & Renoite on urbandictionary.com, which is the first google result for “Renoan”: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=renoan

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