Saturday, May 12, 2012

Target shooting in North Lake Tahoe

It isn’t always safe to shoot in the National Forest off some dead-end fire road.  A better alternative is an established shooting range. 
The Boca Reservoir shooting area is available to the public through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Truckee Sportsman’s Association.  This is a free area with 4 well defined shooting areas. There may be a bench or two and possibly some iron targets. It is best to bring your own shooting bench if you need one, as well as targets. 

The rules say not to shoot at bottles, cans, and things that will leave a mess.  However, this range is sometimes littered with the torn up carcasses of electronics, teddy bears, and furniture.

The upper shooting area is about 1/2 mile behind a locked gate. This range has 3 steel sighting tables and two steel targets. This upper shooting area is most appropriate for rifles.

Feel free to park before the locked gate and walk in about 100 yards to shoot. If you want to drive in, you can borrow a key from the Truckee Ranger Station. You can also become a member of the Truckee Sportsman Association and get your own gate key. . 
The Hobart Mills shooting area is open to the public for free.  No keys are required.  The shooting area is at the side of the road.  There are no services here.  The place is littered with broken bottles, plastic pieces and a stuffed animal or two.  This shooting area is similar to the area at Boca Reservoir.
The Sierra Valley Shooting Range is a shooting range available to the public through a partnership with the U.S. forest Service and the Sierra Valley Sportsman’s Club.  This is a free area with target backstops, shooting benches, gun racks, and some tables.  This range requires a key which can be borrowed from the Sierraville Ranger Station, Truckee Ranger Station, the Sierraville Superstop & Grocery, or the Sierraville Service & Country Store.
The Boca Reservoir shooting area is near the dam.  Take the Hirschdale Road off ramp from Hwy. 80 and follow the signs to Boca Reservoir.  The shooting area is the first right past Boca Dam Reservoir Road.  You will see a locked gate which you can walk around or unlock if you borrowed the key.
The Hobart Mills shooting area is 5 miles North of Truckee on Hwy.89.  Turn right on Hobart Mills Road.  Turn left at the “T” intersection and continue for one quarter mile where you turn right to stay on Hobart Mills Road.  The shooting area is on your left about 100 yards up the road.
Sierraville is 24 miles North of Truckee on Hwy. 89.  I haven’t been to this range yet, so you will have to get directions when you borrow the key.
Hobart shooting area.   Click to enlarge                  Boca shooting area.

 For shotgun fun you can visit:
Capitol City Gun Club, 3590 Arrowhead Drive, Carson City, NV. (775) 882-9904
Sage Hill Clay Sports, 7370 Desert Way, Reno, NV. (775) 851-1123
To purchase firearms and ammunition:
Cabela’s, 8650 Boomtown Road, Verdi, NV. (775) 829-4100
Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV. (775) 331-2700

Verdi Armory, 1155-D Old US Highway 40 Verdi, NV. (775) 345-2264
Carson Armory, 10113 Hwy. 50 East, Mound House, NV. (775) 883-4409

To purchase ammunition locally:
Mountain Hardware, 11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA (530) 587-4844

Truckee gunsmith:
Sierra Gunsmith Services, Truckee, by appointment call, 530-587-4135


  1. Great post, It's taken me 2 years to find a place to shoot. Tahoe is full of "TREE HUGGERS" who come from the bay area and don't understand that target shooting in the national forest is legal and safe and has been this way for my family for over 30 years.. But rude "TREE HUGGERS" swear and curse you out, not worth it... I'm glad we have a "safe Haven" places to go shoot!!

    1. We just need to Include them into our entertainment... Even have a "TREE HUGGER'S SEASON" of some sort.

    2. What is not legal is leaving all your trash and broken glass everywhere. Too many drunk redneck assclowns that don't want to pay to bring their stuff to the dump and just shoot it up in the forest and leave it there. This is why certain areas like the Prosser gunpit are shut down.

  2. Thank you for the info... may I suggest we all shoot safely, and introduce shooting to those who have never been exposed to our American tradition.

  3. Hi Bruce - this is Melissa Siig with Moonshine Ink newspaper. I'd like to interview your for a story I am working on about the now bulldozed gun range on Carpenter Valley Road. Please email me at I would need to interview you tomorrow (monday). Thanks.

  4. Safety is always the primary consideration when someone is handling a gun. As you pointed out, the range is he best place to learn how to handle a gun safely and accurately. Shooting in a wooded area is not safe. You never know who might be out there hiking.

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  6. We were just watching videos of dry mining for gold in Western Australia where they use a air blowing equipment to separate the gold from the dirt. The gun club needs to get one and mine the gun ranges. We were just target shooting at Boca and were disappointed at the trash and the shot up signs. I suggest making the signs out of 3/8" thick steel plate.

    1. The trash can get pretty bad sometimes. Then it gets cleaned up by the gun club. Then it gets bad again, etc. I wish shooters would clean up after themselves. Consider shooting at these outdoor areas a privilege.

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