September Events at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Spooner Lake State Park

Comstock Era Guided Water History Tour of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Join a Park Ranger on a guided tour the Park’s Comstock History, when the land that now makes up the park was used to harvest wood and water to feed the mines and population of Virginia City. The tour will follow the remnants of the Virginia Gold Hill Water Company flumes and inverted siphon. This system was built in 1873 and there are many fascinating historic sites that remain to this day. Please be prepared for a day in the backcountry. Bring lunch, water, sturdy boots, a hat and sunscreen. Please dress for the weather.

The tours will depart at 9:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday September 9th and 10th, and will return to the same location no later than 4 p.m. Signups are required and participation is limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Sign up by calling 775-831-0494 or emailing Parking is on the street in Lakeview Estates.

WHEN: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: 4400 Hobart Road, Carson City, NV 89703
COST: Free.
CONTACT: Jay Howard, 775-831-0494 or

Bull Wheel History Tour

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Nevada’s Comstock history and what fueled the mining operations in the late 1800s? Please join Nevada State Parks for a Ranger led tour in the backcountry of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Saturday September 23.  Meet at Tunnel Creek Café at 8:45 a.m. The Ranger will take the group in a van up Tunnel Creek Road to view the remains of the tunnel that carried two flumes through the mountain. Then you’ll take a moderate hike to the Bull Wheel at the top of the Crystal Bay Railroad and discuss logging history.

Reservations are required and the group size is limited to 12. Make reservations by calling 775-831-0494. Please come prepared with sturdy boots, sunscreen, a hat, lunch, drinks and dress for the weather. Children are welcome, but kids under 8 may not appreciate the detailed historic discussions.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: 1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, NV 89451
COST: Free
CONTACT: Jay Howard, 775-831-0494 or

Sand Harbor Overlook Hike

Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike to the famous Sand Harbor overlook. The hike is a four-mile loop and offers breathtaking views of Sand Harbor. The hike is moderately difficult, and you’ll need to bring water, lunch, sunscreen, a hat and sturdy hiking boots. Meet at Spooner Lake State Park parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and the Ranger will drive you up to the Marlette Peak Campground to start the hike. Signups are required and space is limited to 12 participants for each day. Sign up by calling 775-831-0494 or emailing

WHEN: Saturday September 30, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Spooner Lake State Park. .25 miles north of Highway 50 on State Route 28
COST: Free. Park entrance fees of $10 per car apply. Nevada residents get a $2 discount.
CONTACT: Jay Howard, 775-831-0494 or

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