Spooner Lake to get new visitor center, amphitheater

Spooner Lake to get new visitor center, amphitheater
Officials broke ground on the new visitor center and amphitheater planned for Spooner Lake. Image: Nevada State Parks

INCLINE VILLAGE – A groundbreaking for improvements to the popular Spooner Lake recreation area near the east shore of Lake Tahoe was held Monday, but work on the project has already begun.

A new visitor center and amphitheater are planned for the lake, which was created in 1927 to store irrigation water but is now popular as a recreational fishing site. Nevada State Parks established the park in 1981, and since then it has grown to attract more than 150,000 visitors each year. In addition to fishing, it is connected with 60 miles of trails and hosts ranger-leg hikes along with cultural and history programs.

Work began May 17 and is expected to be complete in early 2022.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said the facilities are a much-needed addition to support the increasing demand for outdoor recreation.

“Breaking ground on the new Spooner Lake and Backcountry Visitor Center and Amphitheater is a historic milestone reflecting Nevada’s celebrated outdoor heritage, and will provide all Nevadans, families and visitors with accessible, affordable, and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities for generations to come,” Sisolak said. “As recreation demand continues to rapidly grow, programs that focus on environmental education and stewardship are key to providing a quality recreation experience and strengthening Nevada’s economy, while protecting our precious natural and cultural resources simultaneously.”

Development of the visitor center and amphitheater was made possible through a public-private partnership that began in 2018. Officials from Nevada State Parks worked with partners from Nevada Division of State Lands, the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, the Washoe Tribe and the Tahoe Fund to explore ways to support visitorship to the park while enhancing environmental education.

Private donors to the Tahoe Fund provided $300,000 for the project, according to Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry.

Renderings of the new facilities are online at http://parks.nv.gov/spooner-lake-park-improvement-project.

Source: Nevada State Parks