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The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that the Walker River State Recreation area will open to the public on Sept. 22.

The Walker River State Recreation area will officially open on Saturday, Sept. 22 the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said.

Nevada’s newest state park will open to the public at the Pitchfork Ranch along the river.

The Pitchfork Ranch is a century old property, located near Yerington, and is an “outdoor enthusiast’s paradise” stated the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The ranch has seven miles of East Walker River frontage that will be open for exploration. Visitors can camp; fish; hike; bike; view wildlife; kayak or relax in the country setting.

“The Walker River State Recreation Area is truly a gift that will have an enduring impact for generations to come and is a testament of Nevada’s celebrated outdoor heritage,” Eric Johnson Administrator of Nevada State Parks said. “We are thrilled to be opening the newest state park to our fellow Nevadans – and visitors from all over.”

The grand opening at the Pitchfork Ranch will include: Dutch-oven cooking; archery; fishing clinics; nature walks; hay rides; children’s games and a barbecue.