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Welcome to the Silver Knolls Community Organization's website

Located 8 miles north of Reno, Nevada, Silver Lake is near the intersection of Highway 395 and Red Rock Road at the base of Peavine mountain. The nearby residential area of Silver Knolls overlooks the lake and Stead Airport, where the exciting Reno Air Races take place every September.

If you would like more information about Silver Knolls send us an e-mail with your questions...

Community Room Use

To use the Community Room at the Fire House, contact Maureen O'Brien at 775-328-3605 or  The Fire House Community Room address is 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno, NV 89508. Download and print out the Station Use Permit.

Latest news...

Community Yard Sale: Our 23rd Annual Silver Knolls Community Yard sale took place Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2018. 48 homes participated. Delicious BBQ was provided by the Silver Knolls Silver Spurs 4-H club.

Open burning is now closed until fall

Follow this link to read the current Silver Hills development plan, in pdf format. Warning this is a very large file, containing 395 pages.

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Our contacts in public office and how to reach them.

The North Valleys Master Plan in pdf format, from the Washoe County Department of Community Development, adopted 2010.

The 'wild' Christmas tree that was burned in the wildfire July 14th, 2017 got some company on November 4th.  While some community members had shovels in hand, and lots of supervisors watched, three trees were planted – arranged in front of the original burned ‘wild’ Christmas tree which will remain as a memorial and remembrance. It was very windy but sunny. Thank you Dale for spearheading this event. We are ready for Christmas!

Before the planting (below) – the original burned tree and the barren charred hillside, with community members starting to gather.

Truckee Meadows Regional Plan Update 2017 would like to hear input from residents.  Please go to Truckee Meadows Regional Plan Update survey to take their survey and speak out about what kind of growth you would like to see in our region for the next 20 years.  Here's your chance to be heard.

The Silver Knolls community would like to thank the fire fighters, air tanker pilots, and Sheriff's Deputies who saved our area from the July 14th, 2017 wildfire that burned up and over the granite hills from Cold Springs.  No structures were lost or damaged.

Here are some guidelines for erosion control, post wildfire.

From the Stead airport manager:

Regarding the tanker base activity since late June, as of July 5th 2017, there were 280 tanker sorties that delivered 447,000 gallons of retardant on area fires. This does not count the sorties flown by the Sheriff helicopter nor the odd helicopter sortie.

Because of the potential for flooding, starting Monday, March 20, 2017 the County Road Department began installing the same barrier system (Hesco) being used in Lemmon Valley to keep Silver Lake from coming up onto Red Rock Road at the road's lowest point.

Near flooding
Peavine Mountain & nearly flooded Silver Lake. Photo credit: Gail Mattingly

Community Yard Sale: The 22nd Annual Silver Knolls Community Yard sale was Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 55 homes participated.  SKCO and volunteer firemen hosted a BBQ lunch at the fire house community room.

New (2017) Waste Management garbage and recycling pickup information here.


Fire proof your property... Volunteer Fire fighter Dale Hildebrandt gave a presentation and handouts, Saturday, August 13th on Living with Fire! To schedule a fire danger assessment of your property call Dale, 775-772-3750.

Jackpot Fire pix
Photo: Chuck Ross
Wildfire, 7 miles north of Silver Knolls, the night of August 6, 2016, burned 1700 acres, mostly on Goldstone Road, stretching down from the top of Cold Springs. There were only a few evacuations and no structures were lost.

Our 2016 Desert Cleanup was Saturday, June 18th hosted by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful KTMB.  A small group picked up illegally dumped trash on the desert to the west and northwest of Silver Knolls.

Read the latest update 1/9/2016 regarding Changing our Silver Knolls Fire Protection Services, also, Recent 911 Call Raises Concern...  on SLVFD's fire page.

Blue Address Sign

Older News

Reflective address signs are still available. Call Nancy at 775-225-3784 and leave a message. In an emergency, if the fire department or ambulance needs to find your house these signs are a huge help, day or night.

Septic Systems

The SLPOA Board has been gathering information for our residents about septic systems. We hosted a speaker from the Washoe County Community Services Department who addressed this topic at our Board Meeting, June 2014.
What to Do About Septic Systems.pdf
Septic systems letter.txt
Nitrate memo May 2010.pdf
Golden Valley Newsletter September 2010.pdf

Local Desert Cleanup: Working with the non-profit group Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, local volunteers met May 2, 2015 to clean up trash on our local desert. More details here.

Unpaved roads: Regarding the unpaved streets Wagon Ho and part of Osage in Silver Knolls, there was a meeting in the Washoe County complex, September 1st. Commissioner Weber and County road representatives were present to address the problems of our Silver Knolls unpaved roads. This meeting was open to the public. Read the report in the winter issue of the SLPOA newsletter

Water export: The water export project from the Rancho Haven area north of Silver Knolls, has been stopped.The appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court by the Redrock Valley Ranch, LLC (RVR) has been denied as of July 7, 2011. Read about the decision here Caselaw

NNCWC - The newly formed Northern Nevada Citizens for Water Conservation, Inc (NNCWC) is a grassroots movement that was started in Rancho Haven/Sierra Ranchos to organize against the Red Rock Valley Ranch LLC water export pipeline. As a result of their recent victory at the County Commission they decided to make their group 'official' and incorporate. They meet every 1st and 3rd Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Red Rock Hounds Clubhouse.

The Red Rock Valley Ranch LLC then asked for a Judicial review of the Commissioners' decision, resulting in the judge ruling against them in March 2010. The Red Rock Valley Ranch LLC has since appealed the case to the Nevada Supreme Court, which may take several years to produce a ruling.

NNCWC will continue to raise funds for environmental studies and possible future legal fees to fight this water export via pipeline.

News - The Red Rock wildfire was burning to our northwest in mid July 2009. Air tankers, helicopters and ground crews battled the fire on 4 fronts. Thank you to all those who fought the fire and kept us safe.

airship picture

News -
The big golf ball you may have seen parked out on the Stead Airport property near the National Guard buildings last year was actually a 90 ft. diameter, helium filled experimental airship with 4 engines and a pilot gondola. It needs to be tethered when it's windy.

coyoteNews - We've received several complaints this spring and summer about residents feeding coyotes in our area. This is a bad practice on several levels and may lead to the coyotes being destroyed.

The Nevada Dept of Wildlife has a great page about living with Coyotes.


5/20/09 -
Annual Membership Meeting & Election of Officers. The new Bylaws were approved, new Board members were voted in, and several current Board members were re-elected for new terms.

5/12/09 - Appeal of the Board of Adjustment?s Action Denying Without Prejudice Special Use Permit Case No. SB08-023 (aka Red Rock water pipeline) -- Community Development. (Commission District 5.) - Commissioners denied the appeal without prejudice.

3/5/09 - The Washoe County Board of Adjustment met March 4th, 2009. After 5 hours of deliberations, the Board decided unanimously to 'deny without prejudice' the permit for the Red Rock Road water pipeline. (Special use permit SB08-023). Approximately 200 residents of the Sierra Ranchos and Rancho Haven attended the meeting.

December '08 News - FEMA has declared that flood plains be redefined in many of the areas in the U.S. Our area is no exception. Many residents in the south Osage and Wagon Ho areas have received maps and letters from the county regarding the revised flood plain in our area. Being included in the flood plain can affect your insurance. Download the first map and letter. Second map and letter. These are large, multi-page pdf files. View in Adobe Acrobat.

Neighborhood Watch:
The residents of Silver Knolls have formed a very active Neighborhood Watch group. Join us!

Contact Neighborhood Watch by email at

Silver Knolls Newsletter is now emailed

Some previous Silver Knolls newsletters in pdf format:

3rd Quarter (Fall) 2009 newsletter

2nd Quarter (Summer) 2009 newsletter

1st Quarter (Spring) 2009 newsletter

4th Quarter (Winter) 2008 newsletter

3rd Quarter (Fall) 2008 newsletter

2nd Quarter (Summer) 2008 newsletter

1st Quarter (Spring) 2008 newsletter

4th Quarter (Winter) 2007 newsletter

Bylaws: Current Silver Knolls Community Organization Bylaws, approved by membership May 2017; in pdf format.

Previous Bylaws, approved by SLPOA Membership at the Annual Membership Meeting May 20, 2009. SLPOA Bylaws in pdf format.

Page updated June 12, 2018