The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners has renamed State Beach at Walker Lake. During the Jan. 20 meeting, the commissioners took the suggestions of the Walker Lake Working Group as to the request of the new name.
The three choices for the renaming were: Monument Beach, Walker Beach and Walker Lake Beach.
The commissioners chose to name the former State Beach, Monument Beach, in reference to the monument that was the idea of Toby Montoya and the Walker Lake Crusaders. The Walker Lake Working Group helped with the funding of the monument and setting of the stone.
Marlene Bunch, member of the Walker Lake Working Group, said, “It is a wonderful testament to the lake and the community.”
The beach will be given to Mineral County, who will take possession of the beach, located below the cliff area at Walker Lake. The process came when the state parks informed the county that they were no longer to maintain the beach. Local residents and members of Walker Lake Crusaders became concerned at the poor condition in which the beach had become and began to routinely clean up the area. The county provided port-o-potties and refuse receptacles.
The Nevada Legislature should transfer ownership of the land to Mineral County during the next legislative session.
Notification will be given from the county to the state to get proper signage on the highway.
“The Walker Lake Working Group would like to thank everyone who helped in suggesting names for the beach,” Bunch said.