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Traveling Nevada: Echo Canyon State Park

Published On June 19, 2013 | By Melly Allen | Cafe Mom, Family, Just For Dads, Leaving Las Vegas, Travel

Echo Canyon State Park NevadaIn recent years it has become a tradition for us to travel out of town for Father’s Day weekend. We usually pull out the sand toys or hit the river with close friends. Anything to cool off from the June heat and spend “unplugged” quality family time together. This year the hubs thought that we’d all enjoy trading 103° weather for a cool 85° in Echo Canyon State Park. Good call dad!

Our family is pretty active outdoors, and I grew up fishing lakes all across the USA with my dad, so a family fishing trip was just the thing for us. We packed up early and headed about 175 miles and 2.5 hours Northeast from Las Vegas.

Echo Canyon sits just outside historic Pioche, Nevada. Next time we head out there, we’ll be spending more time in the small towns like Alamo, Caliente, and Pioche.

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If you’re a history fan or enjoy photographing old Nevada, you’ll love visiting these historic sites and railroad towns. As you can tell, there was no stopping for this photo-junky to moll around town taking in all the charm they have to offer. No, we were going fishing and getting on the water before it heated up and the fish retreated was top priority. If you’re like me, and need to take pictures of everything, I’d look into grabbing a room and making a weekend of it. There is much to see, and photograph!

Echo Canyon State Park NevadaThe drive is beautiful. We skipped the scenic route to save time, but believe me there is no shortage of views to take in on the state highway 93. The kids enjoyed the wildlife as well as the farm animals. There are services in Pioche too. So you can gas up and there is even a Bank of America, not to mention the old west saloons!

There is also the Lincoln County Court House in Pioche, if you’re into doing historical research on Nevada this is a great resource! They have newspapers dating back to the 1870’s. If you’re looking to find out more about Pioche, visit their website and check out the videos.


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The reservoir attracts a variety of waterfowl and shore birds, including mallards, teals, herons, avocets and the infrequent yet beautiful trumpeter swan. Eagles, hawks, songbirds, hummingbirds, ravens, owls, roadrunners and vultures inhabit the canyons and valleys.

Common animals include squirrels, cottontails, jackrabbits, coyotes, skunks and an occasional bobcat. Deer are seen in the early morning as they come to the lake for water. Several species of lizards and snakes also inhabit the park. – source

Echo Canyon State Park, NV is a great place to camp, hike, and fish with the family! There are bathrooms on site and a boat launch as well. Echo Canyon State Park NevadaJust up the street there is a general supply store and boat rental. The temp reached about 85° mid-day and was cool 56° in the early morning. The wind kicked up but only lasted about an hour and it was during lunch time so we didn’t miss out on too much fishing.

We fished from the rocky dam to avoid the bugs. On either side of the small dam is dirt and meadow flats, however it can be really buggy. We chose to fish from the rocks and many other visitors did this as well. It was prime spot for fishing!

We took home eight fish total, mostly rainbow trout and a bass or two. We had our 3-year-old and seven-year-old, both caught fish with ease. A trick we learned is when the fish stopped biting, to switch bate.


What Should You Bring?

Echo Canyon State Park NevadaAside form standard fishing equipment, I’d suggest an easy-up canopy and hand sanitizer – there is no soap in the restrooms. Waiters would be great here or rain boots for the kids so they can get in and out of the water easily or a change of shoes for the car ride back. The kids got their shoes wet and dirty!

Sunblock and hats, I packed both short and long sleeve shirts for the kids for temperature and sun exposure reasons.  Trash bags, there are dumpsters on site but not close to where you’re fishing. Bug spray! It can get buggy, Pinterest has some great all-natural bug spray recipes that worked great for us. We packed a cooler and brought lunches in with us. Skip glass bottles if possible, it’s easy to slip on the rocks going up and down to the water.

If you plan on keeping your catch, bring a sharp knife to clean them. There is a fish cleaning station on site. You’ll also want some Ziplock baggies to store the fish in the cooler on the ride home. Again – hand sanitizer, I used that and wipes the most.


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Echo Canyon State Park is three hours north of Las Vegas, off Highway 93 by State routes 322 and 323. It is 12 miles east of Pioche and is about 12 miles from the Nevada-Utah border. Visit the Echo Canyon website for all accommodations and help plan your trip.

HC 74, Box 295
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: (775) 962-5103


Do you have a favorite place to travel to in Nevada? We’d love to hear about it!



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As the Community Director and Editor of Recess, Melly Allen is the Founder of the Recess Sandbox Revolution where she strives to unite Southern Nevada women by giving them a voice and place to connect and share. Melly is also a major Social Media Producer.

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