Nevada Division of State Parks gearing up for busy Memorial Day weekend at Lahontan Reservoir

Increased law enforcement to crack down on underage drinking and other offenses

SILVER SPRINGS, Nev.–As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, Nevada Division of State Parks personnel are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend at Lahontan State Recreation Area.

Up to 20,000 people each day are expected to be at Lahontan during the weekend and preparation includes increased law enforcement activities designed to crack down on underage drinking, fights and other offenses.

“Nevada’s Lahontan State Recreation Area has long posed a law enforcement challenge for the Nevada Division of State Parks,” said Rob Holley, park supervisor at Lahontan. In 2006, 39 felony arrests occurred at Lahontan.

The park’s size—it has about 69 miles of shoreline with multiple access points and is located in two counties—and proximity to the state’s western population centers has made the park a popular location for recreationists and partiers during holiday weekends.

“We are asking that visitors report any suspicious or criminal activities before escalation occurs,” Holley said.

Holley said that increased law enforcement and public outreach efforts include:

  • Encouraging park visitors to immediately report emergencies by calling 911 and non-emergencies by calling (775) 577-5023
  • Emphasizing there will be zero tolerance for citable offenses, such as underage drinking
  • Staffing the park with more law enforcement officers from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada State Parks
  • Advising potential park visitors to consider other recreational areas for the weekend, such as Washoe Lake State Park, Pyramid Lake and Walker Lake.
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