Only 35 minutes from Gardnerville, the 700-acre park lies in Hot Springs Valley at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet, with mountains rising abruptly on three sides. Hawkins Peak, at 10,023 feet, is three miles northwest of the valley, and Markleeville Peak 9,417 feet, lies four miles to the southwest.
• One-mile self-guided loop trail, with descriptions of the area's natural history begins at the Campground Bridge.
• Charity Valley Trail - an additional hike is from the extra vehicle parking area where you can access the Charity Valley Trail. There are three options: either to the water falls (1.5 miles), to Burnside Lake (5 miles) or Charity Valley (6 miles). Trail markers identify the three trails available.
One of the park's two concrete pools is fed by the runoff from six mineral springs with an average temperature between 102 and 104 degrees F. The park has 76 sites equipped with fire pits and grills, cupboards, bear-proof lockers and tables. Two of the 76 sites are designed specifically for wheelchair use. Campsites may be reserved by calling 1-800-444-7275.
Features include 202 full hookup spaces, 35-foot-wide pull-through spaces, 6 tent sites with full hookups, telephone, cable television w/HBO, 20mb wireless Internet access, covered swimming pool and spa, great room w/big screen television, banquet room for special events, fishing pond, pitch ’n putt golf course, fitness center, clubhouse, slot machines, playground, laundry facilities, beauty/barber shop, general store with easy access gas, diesel, and propane, and RV storage. There is a 10% discount for AARP, AAA, and Good Sam members. Camp Club USA members receive a 50% discount. Weekly/monthly rates available.
Boat-launching facilities are located at the northeast shore of the lake. This park occupies 90 acres on the shores of Topaz Lake, a reservoir on the Nevada-California border about 20 miles south of Gardnerville. The park attracts anglers and water sports enthusiasts. It is stocked with rainbow trout, and recent introductions of both largemouth and smallmouth bass are also thriving. Brown trout turn up in the creel as well. Pleasure boaters and water skiers use the boat launch and ramp at the park. Because of the proximity to the Toiyabe and Eldorado national forests, the park is also a good base or way station for expeditions into wilder country. Camping facilities include 15 campsites with water and electrical hookups, 45 developed non-hookup campsites with water available every third campsite, a group camp area (no hook ups) that can accommodate up to 6 RVs, and a spacious undeveloped camping area at the water’s edge. There are flush toilets, showers, a trailer dump station, and a convenient fish cleaning station. A playground for the kids is available along with a volleyball court and horseshoe pit. Also on the property is a secured storage area for RV’s and boats with an affordable rental fee program. The park is a well-kept secret among birdwatchers and small birds sighted at the park include orioles, swallows, red winged blackbirds, and yellow warblers. A pair of bald eagles nest nearby, while ospreys and pelicans are frequently seen. During the migration season, the park’s location on the Pacific Flyway makes it an especially good bird-watching spot.