Truckee River Watershed: North Truckee Drain

In an effort to explore not just the Truckee River, but more of its watershed, we’ve started visiting each tributary feeding our favorite river.

To kick things off, we chose the North Truckee Drain, located in the Sparks/Spanish Springs area.

Thanks to our friends at the City of Reno and this spectacular watershed map, we know this drain begins in the Wingfield Springs area in Sparks, and travels south by fields and pastures, through flumes and channels, along Sparks Boulevard, across I-80 and ends up in the Truckee River.

Taken at the intersection of Spanish Springs Road and Bria Circle.
Taken just north of the intersection of Spanish Springs Road and Bria Circle.
Taken at the intersection of Sparks Blvd. and O’Callaghan Dr./Springland Dr.

Wildlife along this tributary include (but is definitely not limited to) black bear, bobcat, mountain lion, red fox, rattlesnake, bald eagle, golden eagle, barn owl, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, pacific chorus frog, and monarch butterfly.