Oxbow Park


General Park Information:

This 22 acre park is located just one mile from downtown Reno and along the Truckee River. It features a .8 mile loop around a small pond. 

Amenities Include: 

Picnic benches, bathrooms, and water fountains are available near the parking area. Small benches and lookout points are available along the park trail. 

Local schools and educational groups can book events and programs.

No dogs or bicycles allowed. 

Before the Nature Study Area:

This area used to be home to the Baker Family Farm, which included a small family home and farm structure. These are still located on the grounds today.


Unfortunately,  since the land was located directly next to a series of train tracks, sales were elusive and difficult to obtain for the owners. Eventually, it became used as an educational resource and nature study area. 

Photo by: Haley McGuire


Oxbow Park Sign

Photo by: Alayna Wood

Submit Your Park Stories and Photos

Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing to share your memories with your community? Stories and photos can be recent adventures in the park, old memories of what the park used to be like, or fond remembrances of what this park has meant to you in the past. Sharing your photographs and memories will help to build our shared history of these important public places.


Click here to upload your photos and/or stories!



Typical Flora and Fauna

Oxbow Park is a nature study area that follows along the banks of the Truckee River. It is home to a diverse array of plant and animal life. 

See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings through iNaturalist!






community submissions

Submission Box for Biodiversity Sightings:  

Click here to document your own biodiversity observations from this park on iNaturalist.

Any observations noted along the Truckee River, please share with the 

Truckee River Guide here.  

Biodiversity Submissions:

Community Stories and Photos:

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Oxbow Park

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Oxbow Park

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Oxbow Park

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volunteer highlights

Oxbow Park History Researchers

Karly Bristol

Karly is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of the Oxbow Park. Thank you Karly for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!

Volunteer Researcher:

To learn more about volunteering for this Project, click here.

Enjoy history? Then consider volunteering as a History Researcher today! 

Like plants and animals? Then volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!

Researchers Needed:

Parks Rephotography Site Steward:

To view this collection, click here.

Nathan was co-founder and previous Executive Director of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Nathan enjoys spending time in parks and noticing the changing of the seasons. Being a Site Steward for the Parks Rephotography Project was his ideal way of documenting changes in order to better understand the health of our parks. 

Nathan Daniel:


resources/more info

General Park Resources:


Wildlife Viewing Guide by Jeanne L. Clark

Park History (Source: Reno Gazette)

Park Info & Amenities: (Sources: The Outdoor Project, and NDOW)

Directions, Birding, & Species Info: (Source: LAS)

Additional Park & Species info: (Source: TMPF Oxbow Prog. Outline)

Park of the Week Video (Source: Youtube)

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