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Sparks Marina Park

Sandy beaches, shade trees and walking trails surround this picturesque lake near downtown Reno.

This former gravel pit has grown from humble beginnings into a favorite summer destination in the Reno-Sparks area. Just as plans were being formulated to turn the 100-foot (30-meter) deep pit into a recreational lake, the Great Truckee River Flood of 1997 hit, filling the pit overnight. An underground spring feeds the 77-acre (31-hectare) lake, ensuring the water is always clear.

Sparks Marina Park is a favorite summer spot for locals as well as tourists. There are two patrolled beaches, one of which is a designated swimming zone, making it extremely safe. There are two beach volleyball courts that are free to play on. Nearby, there’s also a large playground suitable for all ages. In summer, a concession stand serves refreshments and light snacks — or bring your own picnic. 

Take a relaxing paddle across the lake in a kayak or canoe while enjoying the stunning mountain backdrop. Only non-motorized water craft or those with electric motors are allowed on the lake and life jackets must be worn at all times. If you want to check out the marine life,scuba diving is permitted in the lake, but divers must not dive alone and must check in with rangers before and after their dive.  

Explore the lush grounds surrounding the lake by foot or bike along the near two-mile (three-kilometer) trail. The pier at the south end of the lake is a popular fishing spot, but before you throw in a line to fish, make sure you pick up a license at one of the nearby stores.  

Sparks Marina Park is open year-round and, not surprisingly, is often crowded on hot summer days. The Marina is accessible by bus from downtown Reno. Free parking is available nearby and wheelchair access is good. The concession stand runs only through summer so bring refreshments if you plan to visit in the cooler months. Sparks Marina Park is located in Sparks, which is about a 10-minute drive east of Reno.


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Lodging Near Sparks Marina Park

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$40
Nugget Casino Resort

Nugget Casino Resort

1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks
3.7
of 5, from 3,380 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

An icon since 1955, this 1,382-guestroom resort is in downtown Sparks, 3 miles from downtown Reno and a 10-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe airport.

$42
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

2500 E 2nd St, Reno
4.0
of 5, from 3,768 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This destination resort is adjacent to the Truckee River Recreation Trail, 2 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and less than 3 miles from downtown Reno. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is 30 minutes away.

$50
Western Village Inn & Casino

Western Village Inn & Casino

815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks
3.9
of 5, from 657 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sparks, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sparks Marina Park and Sparks Heritage Museum. Outlets at Legends Sparks and Wild Island Family Adventure Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Sparks Marina Waterfront Home- Private Dock, Close To Local Events & Casino's

Sparks Marina Waterfront Home- Private Dock, Close To Local Events & Casino's

1128 Harbour Cove Ct, Sparks
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sparks, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Outlets at Legends Sparks and Sparks Marina Park. Wild Island Family Adventure Park and Sparks Heritage Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$127
Holiday Inn Reno-Sparks

Holiday Inn Reno-Sparks

55 E Nugget Ave, Sparks
3.4
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sparks Marina Park and Sparks Heritage Museum. Victorian Square and Outlets at Legends Sparks are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$120
Thunderbird Resort Club

Thunderbird Resort Club

200 Nichols Blvd, Sparks
3.3
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this spa condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sparks Marina Park, Sparks Heritage Museum, and Victorian Square. Outlets at Legends Sparks and Wild Island Family Adventure Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$45
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Reno

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Reno

500 N Sierra St, Reno
3.7
of 5, from 3,859 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located just over 3.5 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and covering an entire city block in downtown Reno, Circus Circus Hotel & Casino is connected by skyway to the Silver Legacy and Eldorado hotels.

$79
Super 8 Sparks Reno Area

Super 8 Sparks Reno Area

1900 East Greg Street, Sparks
3.5
of 5, from 82 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sparks, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Outlets at Legends Sparks and Wild Island Family Adventure Park. Sparks Marina Park is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.