In 2018 a small section of the East Walker river basin was transformed from an area where trespassing was routine to a protected well managed day use and overnight camping site along the river basin. Surrounded by canyon walls and shorelines lined with 10 feet tall willow bushes, day user s and campers can find dark skies at night and privacy on the river from other visitors.

We took our first day use visit out this way recently and really found a great place to chill on the banks of the river and take in the canyons around us. Located approx. 9 miles from the turn off of Hwy 308 between Smith Valley and Bridgeport. The Elbow is a family friendly location for desert camping.

The “Elbow” at Nine Mile

This unspoiled section of the East Walker River is fabled among fishermen and will remain rustic and undeveloped to retain its allure to devout anglers and seekers of the truly serene.

Camping: The Bighorn Campground has campsites that include a table and fire ring. Sites cannot be reserved and there are no hook-ups. Restroom facilities are available. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

Fishing: The Walker River is home to trophy fisheries, including the fabled “Elbow” at the Nine Mile Ranch. Fishing enthusiasts will find world class angling at various locations along the river corridor. 

Picnicking: A day-use area is available near the river.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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