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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12 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Location
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Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 3G
2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
2bars
AT&T 3G
0bars
Sprint
4bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
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LC
29' Bigfoot 29G 2011 Toyota Prius
60 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Lovely setting close to town and I80”

Reviewed Oct 19, 2018

Overall Rating

We stayed here one night in October 2018. Access easy off the highway and our spot was level and beautiful. We were at the 3rd or 4th campsite after the entrance. Maverik station right down the road had free water and dump as well. Would definitely stay again!

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
4bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

static would stay here again

“Not that far from Winnemucca ”

Reviewed Sep 06, 2018

Overall Rating

I thought that I wouldn’t find it, as there was no “real” address that my Garmin understood. But just head for any street number on Water Canyon and keep heading south; you’ll run into it. The good: Free! Modern pit toilet, dumpster for garbage, good picnic tables, shade structures, great views, babbling brook. Sites are about 1/4 m... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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TALOW
Minden, NV
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

TALOW would stay here again

“Free BLM Camping”

Reviewed Jul 05, 2018

Overall Rating

Great little canyon about 3.4 miles south out of Winnemucca. This is however a locals hangout due to how close to town it is...with that said, there is a LOT of traffic from early morning until very late at night. All sites are just off the road, so you hear all the traffic. There's only a couple sites for 30'+ RVs. We got our 35' 5th... more

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0bars
AT&T
0bars
Sprint
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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GW
RI 34' Fleetwood Bounder 33C
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

GW would stay here again

“Beautiful!”

Reviewed May 24, 2018

Overall Rating

We didn't drive too far in once we got there, we stayed in the 3rd or 4th site we came to on the right. It was next to a brook with butterflies and birds everywhere! It was like we stumbled into a little piece of paradise. There were a lot of RV's that went by us, but it was fairly peaceful. We only had time to stay one night, but ... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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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

Overall Rating

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/LTE
4bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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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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