To the east of Lake Tahoe, ask there’s a whole lot of desert. But, site if you know where to look, there are also some great bodies of water. Rye Patch Reservoir is one of those diamonds in the rough.
On a trip to Wyoming, I stopped at Rye Patch, just off Interstate 80 in Central Nevada. There’s a nice camping area nearby and plenty of picnic room. When I was there in early October, no one was around.
The milky brown water was so calm the whole landscape was reflected. Flocks of huge white pelicans sat around near the dam. As I paddled east, I saw a big herd of pronghorn antelope grazing near shore.
What was truly surreal, though, was how still the water was. I felt like I was hovering on air. With one stroke, my board would glide for a hundred yards. For a random stop in the middle of nowhere, the paddling was amazing.
Down at the shop, the effort to turn South Lake Tahoe into a world standup hub continues. The Morning Report is making its spring return— albeit somewhat sporadically. And, of course, the live cam is up and running for anyone who wants to check out conditions.
Have fun out there!