General Park Information:
Whites Creek Park is a 6-acre Washoe County park without a restroom.
BBQ, hiking and walking trails, playground, multi-use field, picnic area, tables, and benches.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
Early Whites Creek Park
Whites Creek Park takes its name from Whites Creek which borders the park’s northwest side. The creek got its name from Whites Canyon where the source of the creek is located.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, the area’s creeks and rivers were popular fishing sites. In 1905, due to pollution in the Truckee River from the Floriston Pulp and Paper Company, county commissioners were urged to move their efforts towards stocking fish in Hunter, Thomas, Galena, and Whites Creeks. Although Trout were native to the two creeks, they were also periodically stocked with other more “flavorful” varieties, including the Brook Trout and Eastern Brook Trout.
Typical Flora and Fauna:
The following are a few of our favorite highlights.
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings through iNaturalist!
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.
Community Stories and Photos:
Whites Creek Park History Researchers
Jill Richardson is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Whites Creek Park. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
Matt Barnes was the Site Steward for Whites Creek Park. He was involved with The Parks Rephotography Project in 2013-2014.
Thank you Matt for your lasting dedication to the Parks Foundation!
Click here to learn more and volunteer!
General Park Resources:
Flood destroy trout creeks. (1913, September 12). Nevada State Journal, p. 8.
Lake Tahoe an asset or Reno provided old road is rebuilt. (1913, April 9). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 1.
Nearly one million fish being planted in creeks near Reno. (1906, June 12). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 7.
Nelson says road to lake would cost $20,000. (1919, August 5). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 3.
Notice of application for permission to appropriate the public waters of the state of Nevada. (1914, Jan 22). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 7.
Picnic excursion. (1895, June 29). Nevada State Journal , p. 6.
Plan for highway over Mt. Rose discussed. (1920, February 2). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 3.
Special fire patrol near Galena Creek. (1922, July 13). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 6.
Streets and roads must be improved. (1909, July 21). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 4.
The attorney general for convict road work. (1909, June 30). Reno Evening Gazette, p. 4.
Traveler, T. N. (1919, October 4). Could run to Lake Tahoe in hour if Mt. Rose road were improved. Reno Evening Gazette, p. 8.
Would stock the creeks. (1905, November 1). Reno Gazette Journal, p. 7.