The Rafter 7 Ranch is open from dawn until dusk and the majority of the ranch is open to the public. Visitors can enjoy this well-preserved portion of the East Walker River for hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Please enjoy this ranch respectfully and follow all visitation rules listed below.
Activities to enjoy:
- Horseback riding
- Fishing (Consult Nevada State Fishing Regulations)
- Floating (kayaking, etc.)
- Observing and enjoying nature
- No trespassing into restricted areas (see map)
- No hunting or discharge of firearms
- No camping, lighting of fires, or use of fireworks
- No dumping of waste
- No driving off existing roads
- Keep your dogs on leash and clean up after them
- Pack out your trash
Map and Parking Lot Location
More about Rafter 7 Ranch
For many years, the Rafter 7 Ranch was primarily used for grazing both cattle and sheep. In 2013, the Walker Basin Restoration Program (WBRP) purchased the ranch. The primary purpose of the acquisition was to transfer most of the water rights instream to Walker Lake; however, the unique attributes of the property allow for additional conservation of the riparian corridor.
In 2015, a portion of the ranch was opened to public access so visitors would be able to enjoy the East Walker River, which runs through this property. Public access is managed by the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC), which was established to manage the on-the-ground operations associated with WBRP. Portions of the ranch available for public enjoyment may change over time due to adjustments in land management practices and development of policies for revegetation, farming, grazing, and other uses. If you have any questions about this ranch or public access, please contact WBC or visit its Yerington-based office located at 1 HWY 95A E.