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Topaz Lake is a reservoir located on the California-Nevada border, about 75 miles (121 km) south of Reno.
The lake was formed by diverting waters from the West Walker River into a nearby basin that had previously contained a smaller, natural lake. The initial construction took place in 1922, resulting in a reservoir with a capacity of 45,000 acre feet (56,000,000 m3). In 1937, a new levee raised the capacity to its current 59,440 acre feet (73,320,000 m3).
Topaz Lake is popular for boaters, water-skiers, campers, and fishermen. Fishing season runs from January 1 to September 30, and the lake is stocked with trout by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the California Department of Fish and Game. The lake is easily reachable by U.S. Route 395. On the northwest shore of the lake is the Topaz Lodge, and a residential area. There is also a volunteer fire station in the area.
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