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Fire Restrictions for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue has just announced that all outdoor wood fires are prohibited effective immediately (please see release below). For all Washoe County parks, campfires (including propane fire pits), as well as charcoal barbecues are prohibited, including the barbecues located throughout the picnic areas. Propane (gas), electric, or wood pellet stoves will be allowed. 


Outdoor Recreational & Cooking Fires Now Prohibited

Reno, Nev. July 19, 2021 - Effective immediately and until further notice, in accordance with Section 307.1.1 of the adopted fire code, all outdoor recreational and cooking fires are prohibited in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, except for the residential use of propane, electric, and pellet fueled barbeques.  All other recreational appliances including charcoal briquettes and any outdoor wood fires are prohibited.  This includes campfires.

This is a necessary step due to the unseasonable heat and dryness of the wildland fuels in our region. As this activity could create or add to a hazardous situation, in accordance with Section 307.3 of the adopted fire code, TMFPD personnel have the authority to extinguish such fires on any property within the Fire District.

 “We arena’t even halfway through fire season, and we’ve already seen several devastating wildfires in the region and neighboring states of California and Oregon and we must take immediate action to decrease the possibility of wildfires in unincorporated Washoe County,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dale Way.

COVID-19 Updates

All Washoe County Parks facilities are now open and operating at full capacity with the exception of the Galena Visitor's Center. Please visit their website for updates at

Construction may impact access at Swan Lake Nature Study Area

The boardwalk of the Swan Lake Nature Study Area was damaged during a high wind and wave event - knocking the boardwalk off the stabilizing piers. It has been closed since October of 2019 and we plan to have a contractor remove the boardwalk during the summer of 2021. During construction, a portion of the parking lot will be blocked off intermittently during this time. The pathway to the dock will be closed to the public until construction is complete.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing news from the Swan Lake Advisory Board on new and improved access.

Bowers Mansion Pool Expansion Project

Thanks to a grant from the William N. Pennington Foundation, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space was able to expand the existing concrete pool deck to provide a rentable area with shade structures, picnic tables, and benches. Visit the Bowers Pool page for more information. 

Washoe County Parks has been designated Smoke & Vape-Free

Smoke free signWashoe County and the Washoe County Health District, City of Reno and City of Sparks have worked together on a regional effort among all jurisdictions to ensure our city and county parks are designated smoke and vape-free locations.

Taking into consideration the health of people, pets, wildlife, environmental impacts, maintenance, clean-up costs and fire risk, residents and agencies have agreed that ensuring our parks are smoke and vape-free is in the best interest of our community.

Download the MOBILE version of the Galena Creek Nature Trail Guide

Explore the Nature Trail located at Galena Creek Regional Park while following along to our new mobile and interactive Galena Creek Nature Trail Guide, formatted for easier use from a mobile device.

Now Update
: 'Birds of Davis Creek Regional Park' Guide

If you enjoy birding, be sure to visit Davis Creek Regional Park as it is a hotspot for birds! Being located in the transition zone between the forested Sierra Nevada's and the Great Basin Desert, this park is home to many species of birds. All the pictures in the Birds of Davis Creek Regional Park Guide were taken within the park and information was acquired from


Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Guide!

Looking for engaging, park-based activities to do with your children? Download our Junior Ranger Activity Guide or pick up a copy at your local park office. This free program can be done at your own pace, is flexible enough to appeal to a large age range, and can be completed at any combination of Washoe County parks. Visit our Become a Junior Ranger page for complete details.

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