Beaver Dam State Park
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager, Lincoln County State Parks ... well I think
the most significant attraction at Beaver Dam is just the solitude and the
beauty. It's a nice park to go visit. It's usually quiet and remote and you
can fish or just relax. There's also 28 mi. of dirt road to get there, which
also discourages a lot of people from going out to the park. But it's well
worth the visit if you are willing to take the time to drive out there.
There are three campgrounds in Beaver Dam. We're standing here in the first
unit, but if you'll just drive a quarter mile up the road there's campground
2, or campground 'b'. And if you want a real primitive site you can drive
another two and a half miles down the road to what we call the primitive
area. There are 4 campsites down there, and you can really have that one
yourself. And it's really close to the stream if you want to be near that
sound and away from people.
Thats Alan Newberry, Regional Manager for the State Parks in Lincoln County,
and hes absolutely right
it IS the solitude. Ive often visited Beaver Dam
State Park during ideal weather conditions and found myself the only person
here. For those of us who frequent this park thats hard to understand.
Beaver Dam is only a three-hour drive Northeast from Las Vegas on the Great
Basin Highway. Another State Park just up the road takes about the same
amount of time to get to from Las Vegas and yet in 1999 Spring Valley had
over 160,000 campers while Beaver Dam had only 7,000. The lack of visitation
certainly cant be due to a scarcity of beauty. The hike down to Schroeder
reservoir alone is worth the trip.
The trail starts with a wooden bridge spanning the creek that feeds the
reservoir. You can expect to see an abundance of wildlife here. Around 120
species inhabit this wash including the namesake of the park.
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager ... Within a hundred yards of the trail
you'll see your first Beaver Dam. And as you walked down of the lake you'll
see several places where they do have dams where theyve backed up the water.
So it's really an interesting experience. If you come here early in the
evening, just before dark, if you're lucky you'll see the Beaver out on the
pond building their dams.
Wildlife viewing is a great attraction here at Beaver Dam. Whether its large
mammals like deer grazing the hillsides or small insects like blue and red
dragonflies having dogfights among the reeds at the wash. Another very
popular activity here is fishing for rainbow trout.
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager ... It's kind of interesting these trout are
not stocked in the normal way. They're stocked usually in the fall by
David Bert ... that's right. And they only bring in little tiny fingerlings
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager ... That's correct. they're just fingerlings
when they bring them in but hopefully by the time you start to fish for them
the next spring they're good-sized trout for you to take home with you.
If you plan on fishing here be sure you bring your flies and lures. No bait
Above all, Beaver dam State Park has character. With volcanic hills made up
of pink rhyolite, red and gray andesite, as well as white ash-fall tufts
youll find the view here magnificent in a very subtle way. The character is
further exemplified by the two Indian metates embedded in the base of an old
CCC picnic table built in the 1930s. But the best example of the character
here in the park is the often-missed Waterfall trail about three quarters of
a mile below the lower campground.
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager ... It's not the waterfall if you went to
Yellowstone, but if you come to rural Nevada in the desert it's a nice little
oasis. And theres also a hot springs just above the waterfall which has
90-degree temperature year around. So with the solitude it's worth it to
visit the waterfall trail.
Beaver Dam is a year round park, and everyone has their favorite time to come
here. Mine is the spring and early summer. For Alan Newberry its the fall.
Alan Newberry, Regional Manager ... Yeah I think Beaver Dam is really
spectacular in the fall because of the fall colors. Youve got the reds and
the oranges and it's quite spectacular. There are lots of things to see and
do here. If you like to mountain bike, bring your mountain bike. If you just
like to pleasure walk there are lots of miles of trails and there's lots of
open space roads that you can hike. And then you can freelance hike up
through the hills, which is quite spectacular, especially in the fall.
But Beaver Dam State Park is less about recreation than it is about
rejuvenation. Everything in this park meanders, and its almost impossible to
avoid slowing down yourself. As you walk along the road in the lower
campground listening to the creek and the songbirds, looking at more green
that you thought existed in the entire state youll forget all about that 28
miles of dirt road that you traveled to get here. And youll wonder why in
the world it took you so long to visit this place.
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