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Spring Valley State Park
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Spring Valley State Park © Marisol
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Star Route Box 201
Pioche, Nevada   89043

Phone: 775-962-5102
Email: park email button icon
Spring Valley State Park offers water oriented recreation at the 65 acre Eagle Valley Reservoir. Boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. Visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring and touring the historic Ranch House museum. The park is located 20 miles east of Pioche via State Route 322. Spring Valley State Park is open all year, although snow may make winter access difficult.
Nature of the Area
Wilson family friend, Willard George, acquired the ranch in 1929 by paying off the outstanding debt incurred by Jim Jr. and Tweed. George was largely an absentee owner, leaving the ranch operation to the Wilson's. During 1941-43 the George family lived on the ranch. George was a prominent furrier in Hollywood, and during this time he raised chinchillas in addition to the cattle operation. George gave Jim Jr. and Tweed a life estate to the old cabins, which lasted until Tweed's death in 1959. Three generations of Wilson men are buried in a small family plot on the ranch.
History of the Area
Archaeologists believe this area was occupied as long ago as 5,500 BC. However, without evidence of any permanent dwellings, it appears the area was used for seasonal hunting and gathering. An early Indian camp area appears to have been located in Eagle Valley. The large rock outcrop near the center of the valley, known to many as George Washington Rock, may have been used as a look-out for these native peoples. It is important for all visitors to know that State and Federal laws protect all artifacts and rock art. They should be left undisturbed for future generations to enjoy.

Mormon pioneers settled this part of Eastern Nevada in 1864. A number of ranch buildings from the late 19th century still exist in the park, including those of the Rice Ranch, Millet Ranch and others. Today the Millet Ranch is used as the park headquarters.

Agriculture continues to be an important factor in Lincoln County's economy, and was the reason for the construction of Eagle Valley Dam in 1965. The reservoir, located at the southern end of Spring Valley, was named for Eagle Valley where the town of Ursine is located. The state park was subsequently designated in 1969 and today is comprised of 1,281 acres.
Horsethief Gulch Campground (main campground) is located just west of Eagle Valley Reservoir. It has 36 campsites (each with table, grill and shade ramada) and 3 restrooms-one with showers. Water is also available.

Ranch Campground is located two miles north of the main campground. This facility has 6 campsites with table and grill. Water and primitive restrooms are available.
Located on the south shore of the reservoir adjacent to the Day Use Picnic Area. A ramp, dock and temporary docking slips are available.

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The Day Use Picnic Area is located adjacent to the boat launch at the reservoir. It includes 12 picnic sites (each with table and grill), a restroom and fish cleaning station.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 3 labor day exploration by Gigi Aune Alona family
park review stars; one to five Stayed Sept 1-3. we would like to thank Mr. Ben Johnson for his hospitality help for making our labor day camping trip awesome. The place was full, no more campsite, but we got lucky to found 2 sites at overflow through him. We explored Cathedral Gorge that was amazing, hike it as well. Then went to check Lehman Cave as well, go check it out awesome place as well. The facility was very clean, flushing toilet yeah, showers even more yeah. Again thank you Mr Ben Johnson. Go check this place out the surrounding beauty of Northern Nevada
September 21 A Relaxing and Beautiful Area by M Burgess
park review stars; one to five I stayed here over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the park and camp ground. I caught my first fish in too many years and spent two days roughing it in a tent. I highly recommend this camp ground to anyone who desires a moment in nature with a tent and a fishing rod. Both thumbs up Spring Valley State Park / Eagle Valley!! Thanks you for an awesome weekend... =)
October 15 Great Elk Hunt Experience by Duane Bottoms
park review stars; one to five My wife and father and I, were camped at Eagle Valley Reservoir for 11 days and had a great time. Ben Johnson, our park ranger was very helpful about where to look for elk and other points of interest. When we did harvest an elk he told us where we could clean up with out offending others. We spent most of our hunting, but look forward to another stay. The campgrounds were excellent and well maintained. Thank you for a great place to stay.
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