Normally when I review an RV Park I pick one park we’ve stayed at. But today I’m going to tell you about Topaz Lake and the RV Parks in the area. Since we lived nearby, we didn’t actually stay at an RV park as a guest. We stored our RV at a nearby park and spent many weekends fishing at the lake or dining and gambling at the Topaz Lodge RV Park and fishing at Topaz Lake County Park.
Topaz Lake Area RV Parks
Topaz Lodge and RV Park offers beautiful views of both Topaz Lake and the Sweetwater Mountains. They have both propane and diesel, a general store and parts department, a coffee shop with a nice lake view, their Topaz Lodge Steak House and a 24-hour casino. They frequently have contests, such as their annual fishing derby with prizes for catching a tagged fish, or show & shines, so check their website often to see what they’re up to. They have 59 sites, 50 amp electric, water, sewer, WiFi, Cable TV, pull thru sites up to 80 feet long, pool, showers and restrooms and are pet-friendly.
Topaz Lodge & RV Park (775) 226-3337, 1979 highway 395 S. Gardnerville, NV 89410
Topaz Lake County Park run by the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department is located on the northeast tip of the lake. From US Hwy 385 go east on Topaz Park Road about two miles. There are only 15 hookup sites with electric, water, and a dump station, and another 40 dry camps and many undeveloped campsites. There are showers and flush toilets in the camping area.
People often park their RVs on the beach at Topaz Lake Park at the north end (Nevada side) of the lake and boondock there. Outhouses are few and far between. Fees vary depending upon dry camping, hookup site, making a reservation, day use, boat launch, and there are various discount passes for seniors, veterans, county residents, etc. Note that reservation fees must be prepaid and are non-refundable. L.L.Bean offers an informative summary of Topaz Lake County Park.
Topaz Lake County Park (775) 266-3343 and (775) 782-9828 for reservations. 3700 Topaz Park Road, Gardnerville, NV 89410
The Walker River Resort is a more exclusive park in a remote location, with very nice amenities. They are so nice that Walker River Resort is a popular place to book weddings and other events. If you like ATV riding, bird hunting, or sporting clays, this is the place to come. Schedule a day trip to Wilson Canyon, a copper mining ghost town, Lyon County Museum, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, Virginia City, Anaconda Copper Pit, or Topaz Lake (of course!)
Walker River Resort has 130 pull thru sites, cottages, store, laundry, Internet hookup, pool, spa, golf course, fly fishing and a lounge.
Walker River Resort (800) 446-2573 or (775) 465-2573. Walker River Resort is about 23 miles east of Topaz Lake via Highway 208, then north 2.5 miles on Hudson Way in Smith Valley.
Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort is ten miles south on the California side, below Topaz Lake in Coleville. They offer 34 full hookup sites, nine of which are pull-thrus up to 70 ft. and the backings are either 30’ x 45’ or 25’ x 40’. Ten are 30/20 amp and the rest 50/30/20 amp sites. There are also 20 motel rooms (some with kitchens,) a pool, restaurant, DirecTV, WiFi, a store, gift shop, RV supplies, propane, horseshoes, play area, walking paths, and laundry. NOTE: They don’t appear to allow pets anywhere on the lodge grounds, so call ahead if you have pets even if they don't leave your rig.
We stopped here many times for snacks on our trips around this beautiful area. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I’d certainly consider staying here as long as they don’t care that we have a cat that never goes out (unless there’s a no-pet policy and then he’s everywhere at once. How do cats know? And why are cats so obnoxious that way?)
Meadocliff Lodge & RV Resort (530) 495-2255. 110437 US Hwy 395, Coleville, CA 96107.
Wellington Station Resort is 13 miles east of Topaz Lake on Hwy 208. Wellington Station Resort is on the banks of the West Walker River. Wellington Station is a little different as it’s both a mobile home park and an RV park. Many residents are full-timers living in their RVs backed right up to the river. They offer sewer, water and trash, full hookups with 30/50 amps, high-speed Internet (extra monthly cost), daily, weekly and monthly rates, 2 cars/site, 1-2 pets OK, restrooms, showers and laundry room.
Monthly tenants can add a shed and do some landscaping. This is where we stored our RV.
Wellington Station Resort (775) 465-2409. 2855 State Route 208, Wellington, NV 89444.
About Topaz Lake
Topaz Lake is one of my favorite spots for several reasons. First, it’s absolutely beautiful. I love the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Topaz Lake sits on the eastern slope where the pine forest blends into the Nevada desert. The second reason is that despite its popularity, it’s generally quiet, except for power boats and jet skis. But they were usually far enough away not to bother us.
You can launch your boats, jet skis or other watercraft from several places in Topaz Lake County Park and other areas around the lake. I’ve seen a lot of jet skis launched right from the beach.
Fish from the shore for trophy-sized fish, including 4 to 8-pound trout. And whether you're on a boat or the shoreline, don’t worry about crossing over the California-Nevada border when you’re fishing. A fishing license from either state is honored anywhere on the lake.
Bird watching is rewarding at Topaz Lake with a variety of small and large birds. This area is on the path of what’s known as the Pacific Flyway, so it’s especially rewarding during migration season.
If you have 4-wheel drive, there are dozens of back roads that go up into the mountains and around old deserted mines. It’s not uncommon to see people “shopping” with their metal detectors anywhere around here.
A bit farther up Hwy 395 is Gardnerville, and a few miles farther is Carson City. Reno is about 75 miles north of Topaz Lake. Lake Tahoe about 65 miles northwest of the lake, and Mono Lake and Lee Vining (and the now closed historic Bodie mining camp) is 60 miles south on Hwy 395. There’s just no way you’ll run out of things to do, and Topaz Lake is a great central spot to set up your RV home base.