Extra visitors means extra rangers at Lahontan

Rangers from state parks across the region will be assigned to the Lake Lahontan Recreation Area for the Memorial Day weekend.

About 15,000 people a day are expected to take to the water or campground, or both, so the Nevada Division of State Parks staff plans to crack down on underage drinking, DUI, fighting and other offenses.

"Lahontan has long posed a law enforcement challenge for the Division of State Parks," said Park Supervisor Rob Holley.

Officers from the Nevada Division of Wildlife and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office will also be on hand.

The park has about 69 miles of shoreline, lots of access points, and is located in two counties, he said, making law enforcement a challenge.

Since it is close to Reno, Carson City, Fernley and Fallon, it is a popular holiday weekend destination. He's hoping that visitors help by reporting any problems immediately.

"We are asking visitors to report any suspicious or criminal activity, before it escalates into something more serious," Holley said.

He said visitors should call 911 to report emergencies and, for non-emergencies, call (775) 577-5023 in Lyon County or (775) 423-3116 in Churchill County.

Holley said he hoped area residents consider other recreation areas as well, such as Walker Lake, Washoe Lake and Pyramid Lake.

• Contact reporter Karen Woodmansee at kwoodmansee@nevadaappeal.com or by calling 881-7351.

Numbers

Emergencies: 911

Non-emergencies: 775) 577-5023 in Lyon County or (775) 423-3116 in Churchill County

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