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. As of February 2021, Topaz Lake fishing season is year-round with a five trout daily bag limit. It is stocked with rainbow trout, and recent introductions of both largemouth and smallmouth bass are also thriving. Brown trout turn up 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.
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 hookups) 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.