Washoe Lake is a lake located in the Washoe Valley of Washoe County, Nevada. It is between Reno and Carson City (nearer to Carson City). It is a very shallow lake, and the surface area can vary greatly from year to year.
Washoe Lake is fed by several small streams which issue from the Virginia Range to the east and the Carson Range to the west. It drains into Steamboat Creek, which runs north to the Truckee River, although much of the water is diverted for irrigation use.
Washoe Lake is known for its high wind speeds. The same high wind speeds have remained to this day and are capable of overturning commercial vehicles traveling along U.S. Highway 395, which runs along the western shore of Washoe Lake.