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Sparks Marina Park
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Western Village Inn & Casino
Western Village Inn & Casino
3 out of 5
815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, NV
The price is $50 per night from May 17 to May 18
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra Sid's and Sparks Marina Park. Outlets at Legends Sparks and Sparks Heritage Museum are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,421 reviews)
"There were known problems with the TV in all the rooms prior to my arrival. Adjustments or alternatives should have been offered."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Western Village Inn & Casino
Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort
4 out of 5
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
The price is $35 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in the heart of Sparks, this resort is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Outlets at Legends Sparks and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Reno Events Center. National Bowling Stadium ...
3.8/5Good! (7,417 reviews)
"The rooms were clean and didn’t have the funky old carpet hotel smell. The view from my room was great. The bathroom was clean, there was an issue with the shower drain. Other than that, everything else was great!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Nugget Casino Resort
Sparks Home w/ Dock & Patio, 35 Miles to N. Tahoe!
Sparks Home w/ Dock & Patio, 35 Miles to N. Tahoe!
Sparks, NV
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Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra Sid's and Sparks Marina Park. Outlets at Legends Sparks and Wild Island Family ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great place.
"A great place that holds alot of people. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Sparks Home w/ Dock & Patio, 35 Miles to N. Tahoe!
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Western Village Inn & Casino
Western Village Inn & Casino
3 out of 5
815 Nichols Blvd., Sparks, NV
The price is $50 per night from May 17 to May 18
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Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort
4 out of 5
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
The price is $35 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
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Sparks Home w/ Dock & Patio, 35 Miles to N. Tahoe!
Sparks, NV
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Fully Furnished Condo in Reno, NV!
Fully Furnished Condo in Reno, NV!
Sparks, NV
Fully Furnished Condo in Reno, NV!
Fully Furnished Condo in Reno, NV!
Fully Furnished Condo in Reno, NV!
Sparks, NV
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Best Western Plus Sparks-Reno Hotel
Best Western Plus Sparks-Reno Hotel
3 out of 5
55 E Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
The price is $114 per night from May 9 to May 10
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Residence Inn by Marriott Reno Sparks
Residence Inn by Marriott Reno Sparks
3 out of 5
300 Legends Bay Dr, Sparks, NV
The price is $174 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Residence Inn by Marriott Reno Sparks
Spacious Stunning Home W/breathtaking Views in Sparks/reno
Spacious Stunning Home W/breathtaking Views in Sparks/reno
Sparks, NV
The price is $299 per night from May 16 to May 17
Spacious Stunning Home W/breathtaking Views in Sparks/reno
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.