Well, Reno built one why can’t Sparks follow its big brother and be able to have a little white water fun?  It was an overwhelming success in the downtown Reno area and was a catalyst for the downtown re-gentrification. The problem, according to the Nevada office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is that it threatens the ability of Native fish to return to their spawning grounds. The big difference in the two projects is that the Reno Park was built on an already disturbed section of the river, where as the Sparks section is undisturbed and offers some of the best fish habitat in the area.


The truckee river winds 116 miles from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid lake.


The 2.2 million dollar project is expected to open next spring and is to include 5 whitewater features encompassing 1500 feet of the river.There are concerns that this could conflict with the services long term strategy to re-establish the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (Nevada’s state fish) in the river.


The city is spending $300,000 to monitor fish in the Rock Park area as requested by the biologists. Reno officials are considering an expansion of the Wingfield Park facility as well.


I do think it is a very good thing to make the River more user friendly but it must be done responsibly and we must be able to live in harmony with the fish so that we don’t sleep with the fishes like Luca Brasi (sorry couldn’t resist a good Godfather reference).

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