Water Canyon Recreation Area

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Water Canyon
Winnemucca, NV 89445
775-623-1500
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GPS: 40.9295, -117.6736

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 5433 ft
Max Stay: 3
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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8 people have reviewed this location.

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3bars
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Debs

42 Montana 3790
25 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

Debs would stay here again

“Excellent spot”

Reviewed Oct 06, 2017

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Note that this is a 3 day max stay area. To stay longer you MUST get approval from the BLM office (I am pretty sure there is one in town). We ran into a BLM employee at a campsite and he was super nice and authorized our extended stay, however, note it is rarely done "in season". (We were here mostly during the week in Early October... more

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2bars
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Working Adventure
Saint Paul, MN
31 Winnebago Access
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Working Adventure would stay here again

“Mountain Landscape in a random town”

Reviewed Sep 17, 2017

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Once you get past the 3-mile dirt road, the sites are actually pretty nice. We had a hard time getting level in our Class C, but once we did, we enjoyed our stay. Logistics: It's off a long dirt road just outside of town. You have to drive by several RV parks and KOA's to get here, but it's worth it. It's free and the views are bea... more

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4bars
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T-Mobile 4G

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fpoole
Seattle, WA
24 Arctic Fox Truck Camper 990
2016 RAM Flatbed HD 5500 Diesel
20 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: Group Site
“Nice views, but high traffic”

Reviewed Sep 10, 2017

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Just inside and to the South of Winnemucca, NV. OK for a day or two, so I stayed for apx 5 days. Road goes quite a ways back, I went a little bit, but started to narrow with no place to turn around, luckily found a place and did. I stayed at the Group Site as the lower ones were full. Has a great view. Very busy with ATVs so lotsa... more

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3bars
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Bill & Joy
ON, Canada
31 Keystone Springdale
2008 Chev Silverado, 2500HD
21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Bill & Joy would stay here again

“Amazing!”

Reviewed Jun 17, 2017

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Like the other reviews, we found this location to be beautiful. We arrived around 3:00pm on a Saturday afternoon and there were still a few spots left. The road is a bit rough in places, but if you take it easy it will be fine. Several places with enough room for us to turn around (31' travel trailer). Lots of room between sites and a ... more

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3bars
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BruceM
Kennewick, WA
32 Airstream Excella 1000
2011 Ford F-250 4x4 6.2L Gas
26 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

BruceM would stay here again

“Beautiful spot!”

Reviewed Apr 13, 2017

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Other reviews are dead on. Dirt road in was acceptable – a little rough, just go slow. We passed 3-4 good RV sites on the way up the canyon, one occupied by a small Class A, and parked at this site: 40.92694, -117.66793. Clean pit toilet (with TP), covered picnic area with newly painted picnic tables, and an empty dumpster. Farthe... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G

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Weazelll
OR
23 PleasureWay Plateau XL
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 1

Weazelll would stay here again

“Maybe not a great destination but a wonderful stopover along the way”

Reviewed Apr 09, 2016

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One my way from Utah to Oregon I decided to trek across northern Nevada for the first time. Water Canyon is conveniently just outside Winnemucca and was a quiet stop for a few days. The amount of the birds, the creek and the wind was rejuvenating. The campsites I saw have fire rings, picnic tables and often a shelter over the tables. T... more

2bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
T-Mobile 4G

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Denise K.
Kalispell, MT
27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250 Diesel
38 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Denise K. would stay here again

“Hiking, biking and free!”

Reviewed Sep 30, 2015

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This is a popular, free, BLM site outside of Winnemucca. Access was very easy and because of the loops in the road any size rig could fit and turn around. The sites were large and mostly level. They were also clean thanks to a woman volunteer who picks up after campers. Facilities consisted of vault toilets, fire pits, and tables. ... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G

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Airstream On Safari
CA
27 Airstream FB Safari
2013 Ford F350 SD
12 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
“Breath taking views, babbling creek, lovely trail and 3G. What more could you ask for?”

Reviewed Jun 18, 2015

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We stopped here for just one night. We arrived at 6:30 pm toured the campsites and settled in a large spot near the vault bathroom with a lovely view of the canyon on one side and the town in the distance on the other. It was in the low 90's when we arrived and had a slight wind. We could hear the birds and babbling creek below us. ... more

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3bars
AT&T 3G
3bars
Verizon 3G

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POST 18: Winnemucco Nevada and Water Canyon Recreation Area - A Snails Life and Lovin' it!

June 18th, 2017 We found this really cool town just off the highway called Winnemucco, in Nevada and easily found this awesome BLM area just outside of the town called   Water Canyon. This BLM Camp...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault

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