Fishing kayak for big guys – Ever since Reno was founded in the 19th Century, the placid Truckee River flowed through the center of town. Then, in 1983, it was converted into a tourist attraction, which has become popular with residents as well.
Bulldozers, cranes and super-size trucks containing giant boulders configured a half-mile stretch of the formerly gentle waters into the kayaking and river-rafting venue. Now it’s billed as the “only such river attraction to be built in the heart of a 24-hour casino resort city.”
Best Stand Up Fishing Kayak Park and Prices
The Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield, with its rapids, drop pools and slalom course, cost $1.5 million. While fishing kayak for big guys to the white-water park is free, the experience can be pricey for participants who don’t bring their own gear. Area businesses rent kayaks from about $19 to $25 an hour. Rafts are also for rent (about $25 to $29 per hour with a four-person minimum) and attendant equipment – helmets, personal flotation devices (PFDs) and splash jackets —is available. All-inclusive tours, such as one called “Whitewater Rafting Adventure” are a good way to be introduced to the sport and cost about $50.
Learning Fishing Kayak for Big Guys
Both river and pool kayak lessons and seminars, taught either at a local swimming pool or on the river, cost $79 for adults; $69 for children, with a four-lesson package available for about $200. When the water level is high enough to run the Truckee – generally from March through October – shuttle service is available to river runners can their watercraft, with minimum cost at about $15 per person. In another departure from the past, some hotel-casinos are offering “adventure packages,” which include such activities as kayaking and river rafting.
Park’s Non-Kayak Pleasures
The whitewater park attracts area residents and non-kayaking visitors, too. Though it’s billed as a year-round venue, the locals know that the park won’t be used a lot from November through February when water levels are low and temperatures usually stay in the 20 to 50 degree range. But that doesn’t matter much, since strolling the paths along the river west of downtown can be a delight almost any day of the year. And sitting in the sun on the rocks and boulders brought in to configure the river is free (warm weather weekends, the rocks are apt to be crowded with families, whose children jump into the water to cool off).
Reno River Festival
The course and surrounding area are busiest during the Reno River Festival. The festival was first held in 2004, to inaugurate the completion of the 2,600-foot course, and has been held every year in May since that time. It will take place May 9 -13 in 2008.
Centerpiece of the festival are its competitions, which involve both whitewater kayaking and playboating (the paddler performs technical manouvers such as spins, flips and turns whle the kayak remains in one place). Competitors are divided into three groups: Women, men and juniors.
Many of the competitions, exhibitions and other events are open to the public at no charge. This year’s attractions include food vendors and a beer garden, live musical entertainment on the Wingfield Park stage and a “Run Amuck” fun run.
Best Things to Do in Reno and Lake Tahoe
What are some of the best things to do in Reno and Lake Tahoe during a visit? Well, it all depends on personal interests of course, but there is plenty to do here in Northern Nevada outside of the casinos and shows. Sure, they are fun, and the reason a whole lot of people make the trip here, but they certainly aren’t the only thing to do when visiting Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Take the Drive Around Lake Tahoe
It is absolutely not allowed to visit Reno and not take the beautiful 72-mile drive around Lake Tahoe! Not visiting this mountain jewel would be a shame, it’s one of the world’s most beautiful places, and it’s right in Reno’s backyard. No wonder Mark Twain called it a place where the air is so pure the angels breathe it! Visit Lake Tahoe, even if it’s the only thing to see during the trip to Northern Nevada.
Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City
Take the short drive south to Carson City and take in the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum. The railroad museum has an ever-growing collection of Virginia & Truckee cars and engines, along with many other historic items that will delight any train buff. The State Museum is remodeled and beautiful, and be sure to take in the underground mine tour in the basement! Carson City is Nevada’s capital, to see where all the lawmaking gets done, too. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is located at 2180 South Carson Street. Call 775-687-6953 for more information. The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 North Carson Street, call 775-687-4810 for more information.
The Whitewater Park on the Truckee
Kayakers and even non-kayakers shouldn’t miss at least a visit to the whitewater park on the Truckee River in downtown Reno. Visit it by walking along the River Walk anywhere in downtown, from Wingfield Park south. The City constructed the park just for kayakers to run whitewater rapids, rills, and thrills, and it’s just as much fun to watch expert kayakers run the river. Enjoy the view from the patio at Lexie’s on the River in the Siena Casino and Spa. The Siena is located at 1 South Lake Street, call 775-321-5831 for more information.
Day Trip to Truckee and Donner Lake
Take the 30-mile drive west on Interstate 80 to Truckee, and find a very different quaint little California town. Main Street is almost like it was over 100 years ago. There are shops, restaurants, museums, and great scenery to enjoy. Head past Truckee to Donner Lake, where the infamous Donner Party spent the winter. Visit the Donner Lake Museum and visit the meadow behind the museum for a short nature hike. Take a dip in Donner Lake, too.
Take in a Gallery
Downtown Reno has blossomed into an area celebrating arts and the good life. There are numerous galleries in the downtown area, from the Nevada Museum of Art on Liberty Street, to nearby galleries on First Street, California Avenue, South Virginia Street, and beyond. Pick up a “Truckee River Arts District Map” at just about any downtown merchant, and take in the arts downtown.
Cruise the M.S. Dixie in Lake Tahoe
Cruise Lake Tahoe from the decks of a historical paddle-wheeler. A favorite cruise is the breakfast cruise north to Glenwood, where the pilings from the docks that helped get timber to the Comstock Lode in the 1870s are still visible. Watch for the Maiden of the Lake, and some absolutely stunning scenery. The M.S. Dixie leaves from Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, call 800-23-TAHOE or 775-589-4906 for information.
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