Walker River

The Walker River is 62 miles long and drains into Walker and Topaz Lakes in Nevada. The headwaters for the Walker River begin in the Sierras, south of Tahoe.

This is another terminal basin that does not drain to the ocean. The watershed covers 12,800 square miles. Most of the water from the Walker River is used for irrigation – causing the water level to drop 150 feet in Walker Lake.

The lake level continues to drop by nearly 3 feet every year. Brook, brown and rainbow trout live in this river and its tributaries.

Currently, there are five streams or tributaries that have wild populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Related Projects: Walker River Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Preservation