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.
The 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?