About The Carson River
There are an east and a west fork of the Carson River, both originating high in the Sierras. The forks join just southeast of Genoa and continue northeast through the Carson Valley (thus the name), Carson City, Dayton and ending generally in Lahontan Reservoir near Fallon. Lahontan is a popular boating and fishing spot when water levels allow. Carson River water rights are valuable for agricultural and livestock production. Nevada properties along the river can be found in Gardnerville, Minden, Genoa, Carson City and Dayton. The agricultural canals serving the Fallon area carry Carson River water. Some of the water ends up in Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, which is an important stop over for migratory birds.