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Ecological Projects >> Beaver Dam State Park

Project:  Park Plan Development

Client:  Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and Nevada State Parks (NSP)

Date: 2007

Site Location:  Beaver Dam State Park is Eastern Nevada's most remote park, and is a popular area for hikers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its primitive and rustic character. Deep canyons, pinion and juniper forests, a flowing stream and numerous beaver dams are the primary features, offering fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography, bird watching, mountain biking, ATV riding, and nature study. Situated in rugged canyon country, this 2,393-acre park is located approximately 34 miles east of Caliente, Nevada, adjacent to the Utah state border. The park sits at an elevation of about 5,000 feet.

Beaver Dam State Park web site

Riparian area along Beaver Dam Stream.
Riparian area along Beaver Dam Stream.
Project Summary:

Deep canyons, meandering streams, riparian forest, diverse plant and animal communities characterize the park's landscape. Early homesteaders ranched in the present-day park, but today only remains of an early 1930s railroad tie house and wooden corral are visible. The reservoir and dam existed from 1961 until 2005 when record floods overtopped and scoured the dam’s embankment. It was breached by Nevada Department of Wildlife out of public safety concerns in April 2005.

  • The purpose of this project is to design alternatives and recommendations for the reconstruction or proper abandonment of the dam.
  • Develop a GIS database for the biotic and abiotic components of the park as part of the developmental plan.
  • Develop alternatives for Park Planning.
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